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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Rev. 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 Robinson
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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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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 »

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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 »

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Simpson: Anytime you hear someone quoting from the bible - better watch out - it's probably the devil himself!
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Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) 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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Funny film, silly ending
7 July 2003 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Peter Sellers is great as the Brummie vicar whose gaucheness brings a small country town to its knees in this famous 60s satire. It's difficult to pin down the film's target; perhaps the film's so likeable because it seems to get a dig in at everybody at the same time. Among the targets are: religion, capitalism, communism, and British society and mores. The moral of the tale seems to be that no matter your efforts or intentions, you're unlikely to improve on the status quo (and could make things a lot worse). So in the last analysis maybe it's Conservative propaganda.

The film stomps merrily through all the issues with fun effect and should've quit when it was ahead. The final segment is crass and takes off some of the shine.


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