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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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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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The Brothers preached against vice, lust and disrespect. But that never stopped these guys. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Many scenes were shot at Saint Michaels Grammar, Saint Michaels High School and Saint Michaels Church in Brooklyn N.Y., Sunset Park section. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Brother Timothy: [seeing Dunn not dancing at the school dance] What's your excuse?
Michael Dunn: I don't know. Waiting for inspiration.
Brother Timothy: Inspiration? Who from? The Holy Ghost? Come on, it's a cinch. You walk up to some girl, you look her in the eye, you say 'Excuse me, but do you want to dance?' It works every time.
Michael Dunn: [laughs] Yeah, what if it doesn't?
Brother Timothy: If it doesn't work, then you gotta start thinking about joining a relgious order.
Michael Dunn: [getting up] Maybe I'll see you later.
Brother Timothy: Maybe you better start dancin'!
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References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

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I Can't Help Myself
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Four Tops
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One of the best teen movies
8 December 2001 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

I remember back in the 1980's seeing this on HBO and renting it many times, but for some reason, it seems like I was the only one in my high school who had even heard of this movie. It was a very insightful look at a Catholic prep school in 1965 New York City and wonderful performances all around. Donald Sutherland was outstanding as the stern headmaster, who remains stoic and tight-lipped throught, but also displays a humane side at times. Kevin Dillon was hilarious with his portrayal of a rebellious peer of Andrew McCarthy's, who's constantly in trouble, but my absolute favorite performance was that of a minor character actor named Jay Patterson, who played a sadistic teacher. His performance was absolutely terrifying as a ruthless "brother", who constantly threatens and beats his students who barely step out of line. Wallace Shawn has a hilarious appearance as a priest who gives a speech on the evils of youthful lusts during a dance night at the school.


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