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Writers:
John Boulting (screenplay)
John Boulting (story)
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Release Date:
23 May 1963 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
Gospel According to Sellers See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... The Rev. John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ... Archdeacon Aspinall

Isabel Jeans ... Lady Despard
Ian Carmichael ... The Other Smallwood

Bernard Miles ... Simpson

Brock Peters ... Matthew Robinson

Eric Sykes ... Harry Smith
Irene Handl ... Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin ... Winnie Smith
Joan Miller ... Mrs. Smith-Gould
Miles Malleson ... Rockeby
Eric Barker ... Bank Manager

William Hartnell ... Major Fowler

Roy Kinnear ... Fred Smith
Joan Hickson ... Housewife
Kenneth Griffith ... Rev. Owen Thomas
Mark Eden ... Sir Geoffrey Despard
John Comer ... Butcher
Basil Dignam ... Prisoner Governor
Franklyn Engelman ... TV Commentator
Colin Gordon ... Prime Minister
Geoffrey Hibbert ... Council Official
Joan Heal ... Disgruntled Housewife
Ludovic Kennedy ... Himself
Marjie Lawrence ... Quarrelling Housewife (as Margery Lawrence)
Harry Locke ... Shop Steward
Henry B. Longhurst ... Deaf Gentleman
Joan Matheson ... Cast Member
Malcolm Muggeridge ... Cleric
Derek Nimmo ... Director-General's Assistant
Conrad Phillips ... P.R.O.
Nicholas Phipps ... Director-General
Cardew Robinson ... Tramp
Gerald Sim ... Self-Service Store Manager
Olive Sloane ... Quarreling Housewife
Marianne Stone ... Miss Palmer
Elsie Wagstaff ... Lady on Parish Church Council
Thorley Walters ... Tranquilax Executive
Ian Wilson ... Salvation Army Major
George Woodbridge ... Bishop
Josephine Woodford ... Doris Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronald Adam ... Cabinet Minister #1 (uncredited)
Rodney Bewes ... Milkfloat Driver (uncredited)
Tim Brinton ... TV Commentator (uncredited)
Peggy Ann Clifford ... Bit Part, Crowd Scene (uncredited)
Ed Devereaux ... Communications Officer (uncredited)
John Glyn-Jones ... Professor (uncredited)
Nora Gordon ... Old lady in garden (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ... Angry Man in Crowd Scene (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Wilson, Prison Officer (uncredited)
Drewe Henley ... Doris' Boy Friend (uncredited)
Rose Hill ... Woman (uncredited)
John Junkin ... Reporter at Space Launch Site (uncredited)
Barry Keegan ... Angry Man in Crowd Scene (uncredited)
Margaret Lacey ... Molly (uncredited)
Louis Mansi ... Man Buying Groceries (uncredited)
Steve Marriott ... Jack (uncredited)
Richard McNeff ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Billy Milton ... Fellowes (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Cast Member (uncredited)
Howard Pays ... Astronaut (uncredited)
Guy Kingsley Poynter ... American commentator (uncredited)
Frank Sieman ... Baptist - Food Queue (uncredited)
Keith Smith ... Leslie Hughes (uncredited)
Rita Tobin-Weske ... Lady at Church Door (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... Bit Part, Cabinet Office (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Protester (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boulting 
Roy Boulting 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Boulting  screenplay
John Boulting  story
Frank Harvey  screenplay
Frank Harvey  story
Malcolm Muggeridge  idea

Produced by
John Boulting .... producer
Roy Boulting .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Mutz Greenbaum  (as Max Greene)
 
Film Editing by
Teddy Darvas 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Witherick 
 
Costume Design by
David Ffolkes 
 
Makeup Department
Gerry Fletcher .... makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Michael F. Johnson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Henry Emery .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Malcolm Johnson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Cartwright .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Childs .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Evans .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Roy Walker .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... dubbing editor
Red Law .... dubbing mixer
George Stephenson .... sound recordist (as George Stevenson)
Jack Davies .... boom operator (uncredited)
David Lenham .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Brian Marshall .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Brian Paxton .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Vorke Scarlett .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Ernest Webb .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
John Mackey .... model photography (uncredited)
John Mackey .... travelling matte (uncredited)
George Samuels .... model photography (uncredited)
George Samuels .... travelling matte (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... model photography (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... travelling matte (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... camera operator
Gerry Elliott .... focus puller (uncredited)
Geoff Meldrum .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Laurie Ridley .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ray Sieman .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Garlic .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
John Poyner .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
David Woodward .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
 
Other crew
Olga Brook .... continuity
Harold Ironmonger .... consultant (as Rev. Harold Ironmonger)
Theo Richmond .... production assistant to producer
Derek Robbins .... publicist (uncredited)
Dee Vaughan .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
118 min | USA:105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating)

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Trivia:
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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The hand 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:
Simpson:Anytime you hear someone quoting from the bible - better watch out - it's probably the devil himself!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Calling All WorkersSee more »

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Gospel According to Sellers, 26 January 2008
Author: daddytolman from United States

"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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