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Heavens Above! (1963)

 |  Comedy  |  23 May 1963 (UK)
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A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Reverend John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ...
Archdeacon Aspinall
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Lady Despard
Ian Carmichael ...
The Other Smallwood
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Simpson
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Matthew
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Harry Smith
Irene Handl ...
Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin ...
Winnie Smith
Joan Miller ...
Mrs. Smith-Gould
Miles Malleson ...
Rockeby
Eric Barker ...
Bank Manager
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Major Fowler
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Fred Smith
Joan Hickson ...
Housewife
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A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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23 May 1963 (UK)  »

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The musical theme for Rev. Smallwood incorporates variations on Sydney Carter's hymn Lord of the Dance, written the same year as the movie and considered controversially modern by traditionalists. More conservative factions of the Church are represented musically by variations on Onward, Christian Soldiers (1871) and All Things Bright and Beautiful (1848). See more »

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One of Lady Despard's dogs relieves itself against Smallwood's boot, as he is refused admission by Simpson the butler. A small puddle is left on a flagstone. From a different angle Smallwood is then seen wiping one boot against the other. There is though no puddle. See more »

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Simpson: Anytime you hear someone quoting from the bible - better watch out - it's probably the devil himself!
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Colonel Bogey
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Music by Kenneth Alford
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Class British Comedy
12 August 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the classic British comedies of the 1960's Peter Sellers is superb as the Rev Smallwood a socialist priest mistakenly sent to an upper-crust English village. Eric Sykes and Cecil Parker excel in their roles, Sykes as the lay about, work dodging Smith and Parker as the holier than thou archdeacon. Irene Handle and Ian Carmicheal also make appearances in this film in their typical roles played to perfection.

This film is a satire (with elements of farce) on British society particularly the class system as well as religions role in it. The character are typically English and all show their true nature as the Rev Smallwood bumbles his way into a media frenzy without really knowing it.

All in all if you like British comedy this film is a must see but if you haven't lived in the U.K some of the lines and issues may be lost on you.

A classic up there with the likes of The Ladykillers and Lavender Hill Mob as the cream of British Comedy. 8/10


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