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

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Actor John Heard has said of this movie in a 2015 interview with 'The A.V. Club': "I got in trouble on Heaven Help Us (1985) because of one afternoon when I was sitting there talking to another actor. I think it was Jay Patterson or somebody. I'm a Catholic, and I still hang around with guys I went to high school with [at Gonzaga College High School]. But I leaned over and I said, "I don't understand: Why in the world would they get a Jew to direct a Catholic boys movie?" And the director-Michael Dinner I think was his name-was sitting right behind me. [Laughing]. And then it turned out that I'm part Jewish! My grandfather was Jewish. I mean, it may have sounded like I was being anti-Semitic, but I was really just sort of being . . . Catholic boys are kind of vain. They think of themselves of being unique, so why would we want to be directed by a Jewish person? But I probably didn't work again after that for two years or something". See more »

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

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[Brother William brings the five into the gymnasium, where Brother Constance is standing in front of the exercise horse]
Brother Constance: That's far enough. Thank you, brother.
[Brother William leaves]
Brother Constance: Gentlemen, we will dispense with the traditional accusation denial ritual. It is such a bore, and not likely to convince me that I don't have before me right now at least one, if not all of the vandals. But since I'm a just man with no taste for punishing the innocent, I will afford the guilty the opportunity to ...
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Features Blue Hawaii (1961) See more »

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Shotgun
Written by Junior Walker
Performed by Jr. Walker and the All Stars
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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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