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Heaven Help Us (1985)

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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If God had wanted them to be angels, He would have given them wings! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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: [narrating] 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!
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Features Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Marche Militaire, op.51, #1, 2, and 3
Composed by Franz Schubert
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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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