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Heaven Help Us (1985)

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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Boo (as Jennie Dundas)
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Grandma
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Brother Augustus
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Cook
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Brother Paul
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Storyline

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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If God had wanted them to be angels, He would have given them wings! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Catholic Boys  »

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$6,070,794
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's closing credits in remembrance of dedication declares: "Otto Paoloni. His contribution to this industry will always be remembered". Paolini has previously passed-away mid-1984. See more »

Goofs

When Dunn discovers Boo laying in his bed with all the flowers around her, the position of the baseball cap on the bedpost changes. See more »

Quotes

[Caesar's desk falls apart when Brother sits on it]
Brother Constance: Oh, you'll pay for that Caesar!
Caesar: [indignantly] But, Brother my screws are gone!
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Connections

Features Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Militaire, op.51, #1, 2, and 3
Composed by Franz Schubert
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Good, but bites off more than it can chew
26 August 1999 | by 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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