Heaven Help Us (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 February 1985 (USA)
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A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boo (as Jennie Dundas)
Father Abruzzi
George Anders ...
Brother Augustus
John Bentley ...
First Man
Imogene Bliss ...
Brother Paul


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 Anonymous

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Brooklyn, 1965. For the boys of St. Basil's it's easier to be a sinner than a saint. See more »


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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Catholic Boys  »

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Did You Know?


The film was first released in the same 1985 as another movie about Catholicism, Sacred Hearts (1985), as well as another religion-related film, Agnes of God (1985). See more »


Though set in 1965, a 1967 Pontiac is visible on the street outside the schoolyard. See more »


[Dunn leaves the school dance, and comes into Danni's bar, she's not there so he goes into her house, and Danni sees him]
Danni: What the hell are you doing here?
Michael Dunn: The door was open, I was looking for you. I guess I shouldn't have just come in, huh?
Danni: Damn straight you shouldn't have just come in.
Michael Dunn: I'm sorry I just wanted to talk.
Danni: Get out of here, ok!
Michael Dunn: [while leaving] Sorry, I just wanted to dance with you.
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Reflects that period of time
11 November 2005 | by (Manchester, CT) – See all my reviews

This movie depicts a time that has now become a part of history. St. Michael's School closed its doors earlier this year. The neighborhood which was populated by Irish and Italian kids is now primarily Latino and lower-income,who couldn't afford the rising tuition.

The situations, as portrayed, were actually quite realistic for an inner-city parochial school. Some might say the brutality toward the boys was extreme- but pretty close to the truth.

Actual scenes were used in the neighborhood. The building that housed the candy store is still there, empty and derelict.

The movie caught the aura of the era and is becoming a 'cult classic'

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