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Heavens Above! -- A clerical error leads to the appointment of a left-leaning small-town priest to a rich village, where he immediately horrifies his snobby parishioners by appointing a dustman and a black man as vicar's wardens and throwing open the vicarage to the sprawling, disreputable Smith family, who have just been evicted from their caravan site.


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Release Date:
23 May 1963 (UK) See more »
A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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New DVD makes this classic available again; worth the wait! See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

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

Bernard Miles ... Simpson

Brock Peters ... Matthew

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 (as Henry Longhurst)
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)
Ernie Rice ... Townsman (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)
Gilbert Wynne ... Engineer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boulting 
Roy Boulting 
Writing credits
Frank Harvey (original story) &
John Boulting (original story)

Frank Harvey (screenplay) &
John Boulting (screenplay)

Malcolm Muggeridge (idea)

Produced by
John Boulting .... producer
Roy Boulting .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
Cinematography by
Mutz Greenbaum (director of photography) (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 .... hairdresser
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 .... personal assistant to producer
Derek Robbins .... publicist (uncredited)
Dee Vaughan .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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118 min | USA:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2006)

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Brock Peters who plays Matthew will be familiar to American audiences from his role as Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).See more »
Continuity: 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, but there is no puddle.See more »
[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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
New DVD makes this classic available again; worth the wait!, 24 February 2003
Author: LCShackley from United States

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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