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Heathers (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  31 March 1989 (USA)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.



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A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts revenge on her enemies, also known as her best friends. Written by Marielle <msaz.movies@gmail.com>

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Best friends, social trends and occasional murder. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

31 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatal Game  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


$1,108,462 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The role of Heather McNamara, the cheerleader, was originally offered to 17-year-old actress Heather Graham. Heather's parents decided against letting her do the role because of the dark subject matter. See more »


Veronica's weight fluctuates from scene to scene. Her hair also changes length and color as the film progresses. See more »


Ram Sweeney: [praying in Heather's funeral] Jesus God in Heaven, why'd you have to kill such hot snatch?
Ram Sweeney: It's a joke man. Geez, people are so serious.
[serious face]
Ram Sweeney: Holy Mary who art in Heaven pray for us sinners... so we don't get caught
[grins and looks up worriedly]
Ram Sweeney: Another joke.
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Referenced in Breaking In: Heatherses (2012) See more »


Que Sera, Sera
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone
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darkly funny
25 April 2003 | by (manchester) – See all my reviews

from the moment it begins with the three heathers playing croquet, you know that you will be in for an odd, cruel, and un-john hughes alike teen film. It's black as coal, and as sour as lemons. Although Christian Slater is jack nicholson with a facelift, it's still the most memorable performance in the movie. And winona ryder is also appealing as the lost and complex veronica. Some fantastically witty lines, humurously sick set pieces, and some truly great/cack 80's music make this a classic, more of a classic cult movie.

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