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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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The movie's closing credits in remembrance of dedication declares: "Otto Paoloni. His contribution to this industry will always be remembered". Paolini has previously passed-away mid-1984. 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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Michael Dunn: If Gram sees you smoking she'll have a heart attack.
Boo: If she's hears you talking about not being a priest she have a stroke.
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References David Copperfield (1935) See more »

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Ooh Baby Baby
Written by Smokey Robinson and Warren Moore (aka Pete Moore)
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
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Funny, touching, and underrated
27 October 2004 | by (Arkansas) – See all my reviews

While I can't comment on the accuracy in which the "Catholic School for Boys" is depicted in this movie, having once been a teenage boy, I can attest to having known (or been) a kid who is represented by nearly every character in the movie. I identified most with Andrew McCarthy's character, but saw a little of myself in many of the other kids.

The movie is at times funny, touching, and intense. I believe it has been largely forgotten and was ignored even in its initial run. It is vastly underrated, and if you happen across it in the TV Guide or in the older titles at the video store, it is worth two hours of your life. Recommended.


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