7.0/10
3,319
43 user 10 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

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:

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

According to Wikipedia, the Los Angeles Times reported "the film was originally written as a Masters Thesis for NYU [New York University] and was optioned by producer Mark Carliner who had connections with at NYU". See more »

Goofs

When Dunn discovers Boo laying in his bed with all the flowers around her, the position of the baseball cap on the bedpost changes. See more »

Quotes

Brother Timothy: [Timothy and Thadeus are walking in the courtyard discussing Constance's teaching methods] I expected to be given a lesson in teaching, but instead I got a lesson in brutality. The man seemed to be enjoying himself, brother.
Brother Thadeus: A rather slanderous thought, brother... one that ought to be kept to oneself. Brother Constance is an effective teacher, one of the best we have.
Brother Timothy: I hear you brother, but...
Brother Thadeus: [sharply] But what?
[moderates tone]
Brother Thadeus: We all come to the order, full of ideas... and we often find that ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Can't Help Myself
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Four Tops
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Underrated
31 October 2001 | by (Cheshire, England) – See all my reviews

This gentle, warm comedy set in a Catholic school in New York in 1965 seems to have been overlooked for a longtime. Maybe it got lost amongst the so called 'Brat Pack' movies of the mid eighties or maybe the name change to 'Catholic Boys' for it's UK release didn't help it's recognition. This is certainly a hidden gem with plenty of funny lines from Rooney (Dillon) and a nice understated romance between Michael (McCarthy) and Danni (Masterson) that doesn't get in the way of the plot.However most terrifying are the Brothers presence and their interpertation of the catholic religion. If their is a longer director's cut I would definatly like to see it on DVD. This film is certainly well worth a look at.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?