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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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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Catholic Boys  »

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Patrick Dempsey's film debut. See more »

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

Quotes

Brother Timothy: [Dunn and Timothy are in the schoolyard... Tim is bouncing a baseball off the steps] There's the pitch.
Michael Dunn: You know, I never figured out how a guy like you became a brother.
Brother Timothy: What's that supposed to mean? There's different types of guys, what's wrong with me?
Michael Dunn: I just can't figure it out, is all.
Brother Timothy: Well, most people can't figure it out. My brother was the one who was supposed to have the vocation. Me, they had me written off as the bum. But here I am, wearing a robe, bouncing a ball off the steps of the...
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Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by The Roches
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Reflects that period of time
11 November 2005 | by (Manchester, CT) – See all my reviews

This movie depicts a time that has now become a part of history. St. Michael's School closed its doors earlier this year. The neighborhood which was populated by Irish and Italian kids is now primarily Latino and lower-income,who couldn't afford the rising tuition.

The situations, as portrayed, were actually quite realistic for an inner-city parochial school. Some might say the brutality toward the boys was extreme- but pretty close to the truth.

Actual scenes were used in the neighborhood. The building that housed the candy store is still there, empty and derelict.

The movie caught the aura of the era and is becoming a 'cult classic'


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