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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boo (as Jennie Dundas)
Father Abruzzi
George Anders ...
Brother Augustus
John Bentley ...
First Man
Imogene Bliss ...
Brother Paul


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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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Most of the score heard in the film was performed by Train to Sligo, an Irish-Traditional band that played in the Los Angeles area in the mid-1980s. The band included singer-songwriter Thom Moore, vocalist/bodhran player Janie Cribbs, guitarist Gerry O'Beirne, penny whistle player Paulette Gershen, fiddler Jerry Macmillan and hammered dulcimer player Judy Gameral. See more »


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 »


Rooney: Thadeus wouldn't know a good time if it crawled up his leg and bit him on the ba-doyng-as.
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References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »


Hallelujah Chorus
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Realistic film about 60s urban teens.
8 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film takes place during the mid-60s in Brooklyn, at a fascist-like Catholic school for boys. The kids who attend this school, have to deal with ridiculously strict teachers, who are all church elders. The teachers walk around in long brown robes, and have haircuts like monks. Naturally, the boys find clever ways to rebel against their school's stifling regulations, and are constantly getting into mischief.

Back in the mid-60s corporal punishment was still common in all schools, not just Catholic ones. The difference in this film, is that the teachers try to use Catholic religious values, to justify their harsh punitive treatment of the students. One teacher in particular, is very sadistic whenever he wants to punish his pupils. He locks them in a closet, viciously whips their hands with a wooden paddle, slaps them, pulls their hair, ETC.

When a group of boys vandalize a statue, the sadistic teacher tries to paddle their behinds with a gigantic wooden paddle. This is the last straw for the boys, who are fed-up with being brutally disciplined by this teacher. And they decide to take matters into their own hands. This is a good film overall, about 60s teens. It was very realistic, in showing the life that urban teens led in that era. By showing how barbaric corporal punishment was back then, this movie can make the viewer glad that it's been abolished in schools nowadays.

I can only imagine how many kids who were in school in the 60s, have been psychologically damaged by getting beaten by their teachers. Since they had to cope with this, it's no wonder that most young people growing-up during the 60s, vehemently rebelled against authority.

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