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Heavens Above! (1963)

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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The Reverend John Smallwood
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Archdeacon Aspinall
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Lady Despard
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The Other Smallwood
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Simpson
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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
Joan Hickson ...
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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When on the train at the 1:34:30 mark, the Godminster Gazette newspaper headline mentioning Orbiston Parva has left the R out of Parva spelling it Pava. 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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From Here To Eternity
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Written by Fred Karger and Robert Wells
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Gospel According to Sellers
26 January 2008 | by (United States) – 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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