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 film is commonly known in many English speaking territories by not one but two different titles: "Catholic Boys" and "Heaven Help Us". See more »

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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 »

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Rooney: I've been kicked off the track team, and without track my grades will be based on
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Rooney: my grades.
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References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

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Ain't That Peculiar
Written by Warren Moore (aka Pete Moore), Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin and Ronald White
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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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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