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Heavens Above! (1963)

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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Cielos arriba  »

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At one point when Rev. Smallwood (Sellers) is preaching from the pulpit, a young boy is seen in the foreground reading a copy of Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita". Sellers played Quilty in Stanley Kubrick's film version of that book. 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, but there is no puddle. See more »

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Simpson: I remember Sir George used to say "Whenever you hears the Bible quoted, look out cos it's most likely the devil himself!"
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Referenced in High Hopes: Heavens Above! (2002) See more »

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Music by William H. Monk Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
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Great fun with an abundance of acting talent!
5 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is great fun, well written and well acted. While the ending is unexpected, if you haven't seen it before, it is difficult to know how all the issues could've been resolved in any other way except as unresolved as it is here! They did the same thing to John Steed in the very last episode of The Avengers, appropriately titled "Bizarre", some six years later! That episode featured Roy Kinnear as the marvellously named Bagpipes Happychap who also features here amongst a wealth of famous faces including the original Doctor Who, William Hartnell, in the year that he took that role. Again, considering the ending, that too seems appropriate now and brought a wry smile to this viewer's face especially as another of the film's cast, Mark Eden, also appeared, in the title role of "Marco Polo", opposite Hartnell in that series!!! Peter Sellars is on fine form as the hopelessly idealistic new vicar as is Eric Sykes as a chain smoking butcher! Best of all is the plethora of verbal and visual irony which should be enough to keep any discerning viewer entertained!!!


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