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Heaven Help Us (1985)

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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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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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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 »

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

Quotes

Brother Thadeus: [Dunn, Rooney, Caesar, Williams and Corbet are in Brother Thadeus' office after the melee in the auditorium] Can you gentlemen give me one good reason why you shouldn't be expelled?
Michael Dunn: It's my fault, brother. I'm the one who should be expelled.
Brother Thadeus: You all acted as one, Mr. Dunn. And as one, you shall bear the consequences.
Michael Dunn: Yes, brother, but I started it.
Brother Thadeus: Did you? As I understand it, Brother Constance started it.
Brother Constance: [in disbelief] What?
Brother Thadeus: I'm suspending you for two weeks. Good day, gentlemen.
Brother Constance: [...]
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Ooh Baby Baby
Written by Smokey Robinson and Warren Moore (aka Pete Moore)
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One of the best teen movies
8 December 2001 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

I remember back in the 1980's seeing this on HBO and renting it many times, but for some reason, it seems like I was the only one in my high school who had even heard of this movie. It was a very insightful look at a Catholic prep school in 1965 New York City and wonderful performances all around. Donald Sutherland was outstanding as the stern headmaster, who remains stoic and tight-lipped throught, but also displays a humane side at times. Kevin Dillon was hilarious with his portrayal of a rebellious peer of Andrew McCarthy's, who's constantly in trouble, but my absolute favorite performance was that of a minor character actor named Jay Patterson, who played a sadistic teacher. His performance was absolutely terrifying as a ruthless "brother", who constantly threatens and beats his students who barely step out of line. Wallace Shawn has a hilarious appearance as a priest who gives a speech on the evils of youthful lusts during a dance night at the school.


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