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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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Catholic Boys  »

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When the studio decided to produce this film, it was tough to track down the writer. He was in Tibet and they had to wait for him to return before they started working on the film. See more »

Goofs

Though set in 1965, virtually every school bus in the film was manufactured in the late-1970s and early-1980s. Most of them were built on truck cowls that didn't exist at the time, and contained features such as amber flashing lights next to the red ones above the windshield, which didn't exist in New York State until 1973. See more »

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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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Good, but bites off more than it can chew
26 August 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Heaven Help Us" is a warm, funny, and insightful look at Catholic high school life in the 60s. The cast is great, and I'm glad they cast actors who actually look like teenagers, instead of actors in their 20s. I'm also glad the movie had some serious moments, because it makes all the antics and events all the more realistic.

These serious moments are the best parts of the movie. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem undernourished - I have to agree with a writer of an earlier user comment that this movie seems to have been cut down in the editing room. As a result, many subplots seem unfinished or lacking detail, and this includes the characters of some of the Brothers.

I enjoyed this movie a lot, but I would love to see a director's cut one day.


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