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
The Brothers preached against vice, lust and disrespect. But that never stopped these guys.
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Did You Know?
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
Though set in 1965, a 1967 Pontiac is visible on the street outside the schoolyard. See more
[Brother William brings the five into the gymnasium, where Brother Constance is standing in front of the exercise horse
That's far enough. Thank you, brother.
[Brother William leaves
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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