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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
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Rockeby
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Cielos arriba  »

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There are several well known 60's British TV personalities playing themselves including Ludovic Kennedy and Malcolm Muggeridge. See more »

Goofs

The sound of the organ heard at Rev Smallwood's church is too loud and rich for the small, hand-pumped console we see. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) 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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Wonderful Film, With a Tacked on Ending
6 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Peter Sellers is perfect as the small town Father Smallwood. Smallwood is one of the most endearing characters you'll ever see. He is kind hearted, sincere, and honest, if not a bit miss guided.

Of course a character such as this being dumped into a town of swine is going to be interesting and it is.

The ending is very emotional, for a comedic satire, but then, the tacked on ending completely changes the mood and tries its best to torpedo the entire film. Luckily, although the ending comes from absolutely no where and does damage the film, it does not takeaway from the superb job Peter Sellers did as Smallwood.


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