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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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Neil Tennant ...
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Chris Lowe ...
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Priest / murderer
Dominique Barnes
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Pilot / car salesman
Gareth Hunt ...
Uncle Dredge / postcard seller / ventriloquist
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Seaside landlady / Neil's mother
Clair Becker ...
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Stephanie Buttle ...
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Lyndsey Cole ...
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Hugh Craig ...
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Heavon Grant ...
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Christopher Hall ...
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Emma Hendry ...
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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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This was Barbara Windsor's last film until Alice in Wonderland (2010) 23 years later. See more »

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Priest: I smell youth... vintage youth.
Neil Tennant: You don't have any weapons in there, do you?
Priest: Why? What do you need?
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Edited into Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos (2003) See more »

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Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
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The eccentric pop duo's surreal voyage
8 October 1999 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film starts with arty images and Neil Tennant riding a bicycle on the path near the seashore and the title tune playing. The music is very good in the film with many hit songs such as Always on my Mind, Rent and It's a Sin featured. I've been a fan of the Pet Shop Boys since they arrived on the scene in the mid-eighties and like their oddness and style. This film is a surreal trip the Boys take somewhere in Southern England. They seem to have a fascination with Scunthorpe. Most of the actors play multiple characters, including respected Joss Ackland as a priest and an insane murderer who utters about Salvador Dali and tarot cards; former New Avenger and coffee ad-man Gareth Hunt as a practical joker, a morose postcard-seller and a wig-wearing ventriloquist whose philosophical dummy talks on its own; and current Eastender and Carry On veteran Barbara Windsor in two brief roles. There are some striking images on show, such as a man walking down the street on fire, men who look like zebras and cows on railway station platforms. It's sort of a Greenaway-wannabe type film, but with the star music duo's songs added. But it's still an interesting and amiable journey to experience.


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