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It Couldn't Happen Here (1987)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Musical | June 1988 (USA)
A young boy's holiday at a seaside resort includes a crazy blind priest, nuns in suspenders and a whole bunch of fat ladies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Tennant ...
Himself
Chris Lowe ...
Himself
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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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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 »

Quotes

Chris Lowe: Where are you from?
Neil Tennant: Yes where are you from?
Priest: I'm glad you asked me twice. You see I'm a bilingual. A bilingual illiterate - I can't read in two languages.
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Connections

Featured in Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop (2006) See more »

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Two Divided By Zero
Written by Neil Tennant and Bobby Orlando
Performed by Pet Shop Boys
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A surreal and wonderful gift from Lowe, Tennant, Leutenant!
21 June 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A real gem of an indie film. British, with great production value, lots of strange dollying shots and some fisheye shots too. The look of it is like a sparce and cheaply-made Terry Gilliam film, with a minimal and very absurdist plot filled with odd references to the Pet Shop Boys songbook, their childhoods, and their love for surrealist art, kitsch gay, biker, slapstick, and Derek Jarman films, as well as touches of Steven Wright jokery and some nice colors. I've got this on tape, and yes, you can't find it anywhere! The Pet Shop Boys are brilliant! Now, if they did it again, they should come up with a real script, and have someone like Baz Luhrmann or better yet David Cronenberg make it. Horrific, asexual, glamorous, poppy, tripped-out, and often quite, quite funny. Neato!


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