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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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First Man
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Cook
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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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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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1.85 : 1
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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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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

Rooney: [Standing in line for confession] Hey, Williams, you got your list?
Williams: Oh, yeah.
Rooney: Let's have a look.
[Reading Williams' list]
Rooney: Jesus! You got here you jerked off 168 times? And it's been one month since your last confession? That's an average of...
Williams: 5.6 times a day.
Rooney: Oh, my God, you can't tell him that. He'll cut your balls off.
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Connections

Features Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Shotgun
Written by Junior Walker
Performed by Jr. Walker and the All Stars
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Within the satire there are elements of truth
30 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First: I'm not Catholic and I didn't attend a parochial school in New York City. I grew up in the Midwest and most of the Catholic and Protestant students attended the public school system.

My partner of many years grew up Catholic, though is no longer practicing -- and he's told me that what is depicted in the movie is pretty darned accurate even given the satire; and I've checked with other who grew up Catholic and they've said pretty much the same thing.

So, for some of us -- this movie is a window into what life was like in strict, 1960s-style, just-barely-past-Vatican-II Catholicism.

It's interesting to note that the ultra-conservative, fundamentalist tradition I grew up in during that time is not so terribly different in attitude from what the students in this movie (and real-life ) endured: the books we read, the movies we watched, the television programs we watched, the friends we made were all prescribed by our ultra-fundamentalist pastor.

I think the movie is very under-rated and well deserves to be viewed in its uncut version.


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