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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Catholic Boys  »

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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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