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Heavens Above! (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 23 May 1963 (UK)
A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Archdeacon Aspinall
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The Other Smallwood
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Matthew
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Harry Smith
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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
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Housewife
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A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Or How a Humble Man of the Cloth Was Given the Old Double Cross

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23 May 1963 (UK)  »

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Cielos arriba  »

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Brock Peters who plays Matthew will be familiar to American audiences from his role as Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). See more »

Goofs

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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[Smallwood is giving his first sermon to his new congregation]
The Reverend John Smallwood: This town is full of people who *call* themselves Christians. But from what I've seen of it, I wouldn't mind taking a bet there aren't enough *real* Christians about to feed one decent lion.
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References Lolita (1962) See more »

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Lead Kindly Light
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Music by John B. Dykes
Arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
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Gospel According to Sellers
26 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Heaven's Above!" is a wonderful, well-crafted satire that mocks not Christianity but hypocritical and cold "religious" people. It is a British version of "In His Steps" turned on its head and inside-out: what if a sincere believer (Sellers) attempts to live out the gospel in the middle of a spiritually dead English parish? Unchristian attitudes range from the Bishop who complains that Rev. Smallwood (Sellers) "keeps bringing God into everything," to two women arguing over free food they have just (undeservedly) received as handouts telling a black man (Brock Peters) "You don't belong here" under a banner that reads "Love one another."

The script is rife with topical political and social comments but the real focus is timeless: do people really believe what they say they believe? Is there a place for Christianity in a secular, materialistic society? The ending, which baffles some, gives the answer to this. All serious questions aside, "Heaven's above!" is a satirical, incisive look at human nature.


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