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Heavens Above! (1963)

 -  Comedy  -  23 May 1963 (UK)
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A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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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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The musical theme for Rev. Smallwood incorporates variations on Sydney Carter's hymn Lord of the Dance, written the same year as the movie and considered controversially modern by traditionalists. More conservative factions of the Church are represented musically by variations on Onward, Christian Soldiers (1871) and All Things Bright and Beautiful (1848). 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. There is though no puddle. See more »

Quotes

Simpson: Anytime you hear someone quoting from the bible - better watch out - it's probably the devil himself!
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References From Here to Eternity (1953) 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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New DVD makes this classic available again; worth the wait!
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This film made a big impression on me when I saw it 30 years ago on late night TV and am glad to say that it's finally available in an excellent DVD transfer. What "I'm All Right Jack" did for unions and management, "Heavens Above" does for clerics and laypeople. It's an honest film about how religious and secular people react to someone who, innocently, tries to act according to Christ's teachings and ends up turning society upside-down. Peter Sellers as the naif Rev. Smallwood turns in one of his most appealing performances. Plenty of hilarious supporting characters (Roy Kinnear, Ian Carmichael, Brock Peters, Bernard Miles) round out the cast. Only script weakness is the last 10 minutes...but we will forgive them charitably in gratitude for the 100 minutes before that!


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