MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,400 this week

Heaven Help Us (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 February 1985 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 3,060 users  
Reviews: 43 user | 8 critic

A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 16 Nov 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 11 months ago
 
b
a list of 36 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Heaven Help Us" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Heaven Help Us (1985)

Heaven Help Us (1985) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Heaven Help Us.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Five orphans in an orphanage don't want the authorities to break up the family they made of each other: Arthur, the eldest, who writes the advice column Dear Lola; Ben who eats paper; ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Kwapis
Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jennifer Dundas, Charles Fields
In the Mood (1987)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Talia Balsam, Beverly D'Angelo
No Big Deal (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A school takes on a troublesome boy from juvenile hall, in order to try to help him settle back in to normal life. But everything seems to be mounted against him, including a drunken mother.

Director: Robert Charlton
Stars: Rex Robbins, Kevin Dillon, Chris Gartin
Kansas (1988)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

Director: David Stevens
Stars: Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope
Class (1983)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young boy spends one crazy night out, but soon realizes the woman he hooked up with is his roommate's mother.

Director: Lewis John Carlino
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy
Some Girls (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Michael, a college student, visits his girlfriend Gabriella and her family for Christmas in Canada. When he gets there, she tells him that she doesn't love him any more. Meanwhile, her ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a physically and emotionally scarred soldier returns home from World War II, he mistakenly trusts a mysterious young drifter to deliver a secret love letter to his old sweetheart.

Director: Kenneth Bowser
Stars: Michael Biehn, Maureen Mueller, Michael Beach
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Lisa and Charlie Hunter, a divorced couple and former song writing team, spend a weekend in the French countryside in order to write one last song together. But Charlie's fiance isn't too ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Wiseman
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Patrick Dempsey, Lysette Anthony
Loverboy (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon, who feels unappreciated as other things in his life seem to take precedence ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty
J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (TV Movie 1993)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Looks at the early years of America's most dashing president from his early childhood through his nomination for Congress.

Director: Harry Winer
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Terry Kinney, Loren Dean
Only You I (1992)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A man goes on vacation to find the right woman - and ends up having to choose between two of them!

Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: Tom McFadden, Andrew McCarthy, Joel Murray
Run (1991)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a law student accidentally kills the son of a mob boss in a fight, he finds himself relentlessly pursued by the mob and the police.

Director: Geoff Burrowes
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kelly Preston, Ken Pogue
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Danni
...
...
...
Boo (as Jennie Dundas)
...
Grandma
...
Father Abruzzi
...
George Anders ...
Brother Augustus
...
Janine
John Bentley ...
First Man
Imogene Bliss ...
Cook
...
Brother Paul
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Catholic Boys  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the score heard in the film was performed by Train to Sligo, an Irish-Traditional band that played in the Los Angeles area in the mid-1980s. The band included singer-songwriter Thom Moore, vocalist/bodhran player Janie Cribbs, guitarist Gerry O'Beirne, penny whistle player Paulette Gershen, fiddler Jerry Macmillan and hammered dulcimer player Judy Gameral. 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 »

Quotes

Caesar: I will reason with him, I'll appeal to his better nature!
Rooney: Oh, you're gonne reason with a grown man in a dress?
See more »

Connections

References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo al Factotum
from "The Barber of Seville"
Written by Gioachino Rossini
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good, but bites off more than it can chew
26 August 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Heaven Help Us" is a warm, funny, and insightful look at Catholic high school life in the 60s. The cast is great, and I'm glad they cast actors who actually look like teenagers, instead of actors in their 20s. I'm also glad the movie had some serious moments, because it makes all the antics and events all the more realistic.

These serious moments are the best parts of the movie. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem undernourished - I have to agree with a writer of an earlier user comment that this movie seems to have been cut down in the editing room. As a result, many subplots seem unfinished or lacking detail, and this includes the characters of some of the Brothers.

I enjoyed this movie a lot, but I would love to see a director's cut one day.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Full Frontal Pool Scene rickdvd-1
The hellfire and damnation speech. Ace_High
Brother Constance (Jay Patterson's Character) Unforgettable! jbartelone
Kevin Dillon's Best Movie? Slayer51493
R-Rating ????? ttornak
DVD? adrennan73
Discuss Heaven Help Us (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?