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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 »

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Radio Newsreader: The stranger has been known to masquerade as a priest wearing high heeled shoes.
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Featured in Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop (2006) See more »

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I Want To Wake Up
Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
Performed by Pet Shop Boys
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What a fantastic film
19 May 2004 | by (Blackpool, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of my most favourite films of all time. I know a couple of people who went to see it at the cinema, and they just didn't get it. I got it on video whilst at college. The film has an essential philosophical message clouded in a blend of surrealism and eighties electronic music. The message is simple - what is time ? Check out the ventriloquists dummy for the answer. A keen observation from most people who call the film a flop is that it does not follow a plot - which is annoying to some people (but look at pulp fiction - what plot?) - its a journey through time and their songs. So surreal I love it. I suspect it makes little sense because they have fit the script around each of the song's stories and stitched each one together. Do films really have to make sense ? Too many films today are based on reality and I thought movie watching was about losing yourself in escapism. This world is real & serious enough. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Give it a chance & Let yourself go.


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