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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:
The Reverend John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ...
Archdeacon Aspinall
Lady Despard
The Other Smallwood
Harry Smith
Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin ...
Winnie Smith
Joan Miller ...
Mrs. Smith-Gould
Miles Malleson ...
Eric Barker ...
Bank Manager
Major Fowler
Fred Smith
Joan Hickson ...


A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Release Date:

23 May 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cielos arriba  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Marriott, who played Harry Smith's son Jack, was later to become the lead singer and guitarist with influential English rock group, the Small Faces. See more »


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 »


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 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »


Colonel Bogey
Music by Kenneth Alford
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Flawed but lovely satire
8 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I shan't go on at any length, as others have already done the job for me. Instead I'll just drop in a couple of interesting factoids about this film.

1) "Heavens Above!" was the third in a trio (a triptych??) of films satirising great pillars of the British establishment:

The military;

Industry/the trade unions;

The church.

The previous two in the series were "Private's Progress" (Ian Carmichael as Stanley Windrush - a fraightfully posh chinless wonder, drafted into the army for WWII and finding himself embroiled unwittingly in a grand scheme to steal great works of art) and "I'm Alright, Jack" (Carmichael as the same Stanley Windrush, now de-mobbed and dumped by his despairing family into the shop floor workforce at one of their factories, in the hope that he might learn the business). The Windrush family characters were dropped for Heavens Above, although Carmichael makes a small appearance as "the other Vicar called Smallwood".

2) Fans of the Small Faces should keep their eyes peeled for 'Jack' - eldest son of the huge family of itinerant scroungers who take up residence in the vicarage. It's none other than cheeky cockney mudlark STEVE MARRIOTT, fresh from his West End stint as The Artful Dodger in Oliver !

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