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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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Academy Award Winning Composer James Horner, wrote three complete and unique scores for this film. A lot of it were based on classical adaptations on Handel and his music is barely heard in the final mix of the film and a lot of what he wrote went unused. See more »

Goofs

Though set in 1965, a 1967 Pontiac is visible on the street outside the schoolyard. See more »

Quotes

Social Worker: [the police and social welfare people have arrived to close the store, arrest Danni's father and put her in foster care... a crowd outside has gathered] We'll make arrangements with your mother to have the inventory accounted for.
Michael Dunn: [rushing in] They made this happen, didn't they?
Danni: [crying] Nobody made this happen.
[Dunn embraces her]
Danni: I just don't want you to be sad... 'cause I'm not. Promise?
Michael Dunn: [fighting tears] No.
Social Worker: We have to go.
Michael Dunn: [running up to car Danni has just been loaded in] Well, hey listen, I'm ...
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A movie that should be playin non-stop during Church crisis
24 May 2002 | by (Baltimore. MD) – See all my reviews

Although this movie does not involve sexual abuse, it does however bring painful memories to many Catholics who grew up and went to Catholic school. The characters of people like Brother Constance are an example of the "bad apples" that lurked within the Catholic Church school system. It even shows how many of these Brothers who lead such a life are true misfits to society, as what John Heard's character admits when asked by Andrew McCarthy about why he became a brother.

My mother watched this movie for the first time and it was a reminder of her days as a good little Catholic girl who was taught by some vicious nuns. Many Catholics and former Catholics will tell you this movie is truly an example of why people left the Church.


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