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It Couldn't Happen Here (1987)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Musical  -  June 1988 (USA)
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Pet Shop Boys Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant embark upon a journey across England - but which England? Is it the half-remembered England of their childhoods, or the brutal reality of Mrs ... See full summary »

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Neil Tennant ...
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Chris Lowe ...
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Priest / murderer
Dominique Barnes
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Pilot / car salesman
Carmen Du Sautoy
Gareth Hunt ...
Uncle Dredge / postcard seller / ventriloquist
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Seaside landlady / Neil's mother
Clair Becker ...
Dancer
Stephanie Buttle ...
Dancer
Lyndsey Cole ...
Dancer
Hugh Craig ...
Dancer
Heavon Grant ...
Dancer (as Hevon Grant)
Christopher Hall ...
Dancer
Emma Hendry ...
Dancer
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Pet Shop Boys Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant embark upon a journey across England - but which England? Is it the half-remembered England of their childhoods, or the brutal reality of Mrs Thatcher's late-eighties England? Along the way they come across many familiar (and sinister) faces. The movie also features some of the Pet Shop Boys' most popular records. Written by Gavin Barber <Gavin.Barber@mime-gate.rl.ac.uk>

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A Hard Day's Shopping  »

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The working title for the movie was "A Hard Day's Shopping", a reference to The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night (1964). See more »

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Pilot: The dummy's a blasted existentialist!
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Featured in Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop (2006) See more »

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Being boring.
7 July 2001 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

I tried so hard to like this film, being a Pet Shop Boys fan from way back, but it gives you so little to go on.

I suppose they were trying for "A Hard Day's Night", or maybe "Head", but what they got was a sometimes gloomy, sometimes funny diet soda commercial that runs about an hour and twenty minutes too long.

Some of the images are admittedly striking, if a little bit pretentious, but the meaning (or lack of it) is lost on me. Take for instance Chris Lowe throwing breakfast all over a whiny woman. Charming lad, isn't he? Or how about that grating pilot that keeps chanting "Divided by! Divided by!" Yeah....we got it the first ten times.

Ironically enough, this would be really fun if it were edited down to about 45 minutes...with only the music left.

I remember the Pet Shop Boys released this movie and said it was a substitute for touring, which was funnier than anything in the film itself. I suspect that Neil and Chris would rather forget all about this one. As far as I'm concerned, it's done.


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