Sixteen-year-old Michael Dunn arrives at St. Basil's Catholic Boys School in Brooklyn circa 1965. There, he befriends all of the misfits in his class as they collide with the repressive faculty and discover the opposite sex as they come of age. Written by
If God had wanted them to be angels, He would have given them wings!
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Actor John Heard
has said of this movie in a 2015 interview with 'The A.V. Club': "I got in trouble on Heaven Help Us
(1985) because of one afternoon when I was sitting there talking to another actor. I think it was Jay Patterson
or somebody. I'm a Catholic, and I still hang around with guys I went to high school with [at Gonzaga College High School]. But I leaned over and I said, "I don't understand: Why in the world would they get a Jew to direct a Catholic boys movie?" And the director-Michael Dinner
I think was his name-was sitting right behind me. [Laughing]. And then it turned out that I'm part Jewish! My grandfather was Jewish. I mean, it may have sounded like I was being anti-Semitic, but I was really just sort of being . . . Catholic boys are kind of vain. They think of themselves of being unique, so why would we want to be directed by a Jewish person? But I probably didn't work again after that for two years or something". See more
Though set in 1965, virtually every school bus in the film was manufactured in the late-1970s and early-1980s. Most of them were built on truck cowls that didn't exist at the time, and contained features such as amber flashing lights next to the red ones above the windshield, which didn't exist in New York State until 1973. See more
Me? I went to beautician's school where everybody graduated except me, but I got a job as a shampoo boy at Marisa's House of Hair in Bensonhurst. The hours suck; the pay sucks; I'm surrounded by 'funny guys,' but the tips are great. Thank you, God!
Features Gunga Din
Marche Militaire, op.51, #1, 2, and 3
Composed by Franz Schubert See more