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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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Brooklyn, 1965. For the boys of St. Basil's it's easier to be a sinner than a saint. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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The working title of the movie: "Catholic Boys". See more »

Goofs

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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Caesar: Welcome to St. Basil's!
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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) 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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Within the satire there are elements of truth
30 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First: I'm not Catholic and I didn't attend a parochial school in New York City. I grew up in the Midwest and most of the Catholic and Protestant students attended the public school system.

My partner of many years grew up Catholic, though is no longer practicing -- and he's told me that what is depicted in the movie is pretty darned accurate even given the satire; and I've checked with other who grew up Catholic and they've said pretty much the same thing.

So, for some of us -- this movie is a window into what life was like in strict, 1960s-style, just-barely-past-Vatican-II Catholicism.

It's interesting to note that the ultra-conservative, fundamentalist tradition I grew up in during that time is not so terribly different in attitude from what the students in this movie (and real-life ) endured: the books we read, the movies we watched, the television programs we watched, the friends we made were all prescribed by our ultra-fundamentalist pastor.

I think the movie is very under-rated and well deserves to be viewed in its uncut version.


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