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


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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Catholic Boys  »

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Debut theatrical feature film directed by director Michael Dinner. See more »


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 »


Caesar: Welcome to St. Basil's!
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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »


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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