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Heathers -- Heathers is the 80's cult classic hit about high school cliques.
Heathers -- A girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics.


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Release Date:
31 March 1989 (USA) See more »
Best friends, social trends and occasional murder. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A fantasy that almost every 'unpopular' kid has had at one time... See more (252 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Winona Ryder ... Veronica

Christian Slater ... J.D.

Shannen Doherty ... Heather Duke
Lisanne Falk ... Heather McNamara

Kim Walker ... Heather Chandler

Penelope Milford ... Pauline Fleming

Glenn Shadix ... Father Ripper
Lance Fenton ... Kurt Kelly

Patrick Labyorteaux ... Ram

Jeremy Applegate ... Peter Dawson
Jon Shear ... Rodney (as Jon Matthews)
Carrie Lynn ... Martha 'Dumptruck' Dunnstock

Phill Lewis ... Dennis

Renée Estevez ... Betty Finn (as Reneé Estevez)
John Zarchen ... Country Club Keith
Sherrie Wills ... Country Club Courtney
Curtiss Marlowe ... Geek

Andrew Benne ... Fat Cynic (as Andy David)
Kevin Hardesty ... 1st Heavy Metaller in Pkg. Lot
Josh Richman ... 2nd Heavy Metaller in Pkg. Lot
Bess Meyer ... Female Stoner

Jennifer Rhodes ... Veronica's Mom
William Cort ... Veronica's Dad (as Bill Cort)
Larry Cox ... David
Kent Stoddard ... Brad

John Ingle ... Principal Gowan
Stuart Mabray ... Counselor Paul Hyde
Betty Ramey ... Teacher in Conference Room
Aaron Mendelsohn ... Nerd in Pauline's Class
Kirk Scott ... Big Bud Dean
Mark Bringelson ... Officer McCord
Chuck Lafont ... Officer Milner
Christie Mellor ... Squealing Girl in Parking Lot
Mark Carlton ... Kurt's Dad
James 'Poorman' Trenton ... 'Hot Probs' D.J
Adrian Drake ... Gruff Teacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Craig Braginsky ... Student (uncredited)
David McConnell ... Student at the gym (uncredited)
Sylvia Tobias ... Student (uncredited)

Jeffrey Weissman ... Voice Actor (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Lehmann 
Writing credits
Daniel Waters (written by)

Produced by
Denise Di Novi .... producer
Iya Labunka .... associate producer
Christopher Webster .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Francis Kenny (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Norman Hollyn 
Casting by
Sally Dennison 
Julie Selzer 
Production Design by
Jon Hutman 
Art Direction by
Kara Lindstrom 
Costume Design by
Rudy Dillon 
Makeup Department
Julie Hewett .... makeup artist
Angela Moos .... assistant hair stylist (as Angela Margolis)
Angela Moos .... assistant makeup artist (as Angela Margolis)
Kenny Myers .... special makeup (as Ken Myers)
Scott Williams .... hair stylist
Carrey Gibbons .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Iya Labunka .... production manager
'Skitchee' Rocco .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benita Allen .... second assistant director
Tom Lowe .... second second assistant director
Jeffrey Wetzel .... additional second assistant director
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rick Bailey .... carpenter
Todd Ellis .... dresser
David W. Ford .... leadman
Greg J. Grande .... propmaster (as Greg Grande)
Ted Hardwick .... dresser
Don Larson Jr. .... construction coordinator
Monti Santilli Rainbolt .... assistant propmaster
John Smart .... dresser
Dana Torrey .... assistant art director
Ellen Totleben .... dresser
Lori M. Turchin .... assistant propmaster
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
James Ashwill .... foley recordist (as Jim Ashwill)
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
George Berndt .... adr editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
John Duvall .... foley editor
Peter Friedberg .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Goldsmith .... dialogue editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Chris Ingram .... assistant sound editor
John Morris .... dialogue editor
Lorie O'Shatz .... dialogue editor (as Lorrie O'Shatz)
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Rob Scott .... boom operator
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects (as Marty Bresin)
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Debbie Evans .... stunt player
Joe Gilbride .... stunt player
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt player
Allen Jones .... stunt coordinator
Sandy J. Leavenworth .... stunt player (as Sandi Leavenworth)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitchell Amundsen .... focus puller (as Mitchell Gundar Amundsen)
Deirdre Arbucci .... second assistant camera (as Dee Arbucci)
Vinnie Biscaino .... grip
Jon Caradies .... grip
John G. Danza .... electrician
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator (as Mitchell Dubin)
Ali Farboud .... electrician
Charley Gilleran .... best boy
Jan M. Heyneker .... best boy (as Jan Heyneker)
Ivan H. Migel .... grip
Aristides Pappidas .... gaffer
Michael Paris .... still photographer
Christopher Rogers .... dolly grip
Marc David Schultz .... electrician
John Schwartzman .... additional camera operator
Lon Thompson .... electrician
Thaddeus Wadleigh .... key grip (as Thad Wadleigh)
Charlie Waldron .... grip (as Charles Westbrook Waldron)
Dennis Young .... electrician
Dhamarata Dhiensuwana .... grip (uncredited)
Matt Gulbin .... grip (uncredited)
Amy Vincent .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Patrick Rush .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Araya Jensen .... costume set supervisor (as Sandra Araya)
Beverly Kline .... costumer (as Beverly Klein)
Lizz Wolf .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Alan Edward Bell .... second assistant editor
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Mike Milliken .... color timer (as Mike Millikan)
Maureen Mitchell .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Scott Grusin .... music editor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tim Boyle .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dean Curtis Black .... driver
Chester Brooks .... driver co-captain
Lloyd Campbell .... driver
Ross Ellis .... driver
Edward Flotard .... transportation coordinator (as Eddie Flotard)
Michael Ladin .... driver
Ted Neale .... driver
Other crew
Jerry Ariganello .... location manager
Claire Baker .... production coordinator
Irene Brafstein .... studio teacher
Jane Covner .... publicist
Kimberly Edwards .... production accountant
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Elana Golden .... script supervisor
Carolyn Hagan .... assistant to producer
Brian Hardwick .... craft service
Allen Kupetsky .... production assistant
Thomas Titus McCue .... production assistant
Margi Newquist .... production assistant
Perry Patterson .... assistant location manager
Caroline Pham .... assistant production coordinator (as Caroline Pham Johnson)
Carlos Ramírez .... security (as Carlos Ramirez)
Spike Rinaldi .... production assistant
Vicki Rocco .... production coordinator (as Vicki Berthelot Rocco)
Jane Talman .... production assistant
Carlton Thomas .... extras coordinator
Louis Walencewicz .... assistant production accountant
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Eric Simon .... stand-in (uncredited)
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
R.J.C. Butler .... with special thanks to: Arbuthnot Leasing International, Ltd.
Sister Catherine .... we want to express our appreciation to
M.G.J. Chesterman .... with special thanks to: Arbuthnot Leasing International, Ltd.
I.C. Clarke .... with special thanks to: Arbuthnot Leasing International, Ltd.
Leonora Hewson .... we want to express our appreciation to
Lora Lee .... we want to express our appreciation to
Randy Levinson .... we want to express our appreciation to
Cheri Pann .... we want to express our appreciation to
Holland Sutton .... we want to express our appreciation to
Sister Virginia .... we want to express our appreciation to
Jean Wahlstrom .... we want to express our appreciation to
Steve White .... we want to express our appreciation to
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | France:16 | Germany:16 (1990s) (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (cut) (1993) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1991) | Norway:15 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:R (NO. 29338) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Ranked at #5 on Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006)See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Martha Dumptruck is alone in the gym drinking her soda through a straw, we see through the bottom that she finishes it all. She then spills the finished soda on the front of her shirt.See more »
Veronica Sawyer:This may seem like a really stupid question...
J.D.:There *are* no stupid questions.
Veronica Sawyer:You inherit 5 million dollars the same day aliens land on the earth and say they're going to blow it up in 2 days. What do you do?
J.D.:That's the stupidest question I've ever heard.
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Que Sera, SeraSee more »


Where can I find the song "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)?"
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34 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A fantasy that almost every 'unpopular' kid has had at one time..., 11 November 2003
Author: chris ( from Premiere Video (Dallas, Tx)

With Heathers, director Lehmann has done more than create a movie. He has successfully created an escape for any student not deemed popular by their local school scene. Although the clothes and hair can be linked to a certain era in history, the truths explored within 'Heathers' are universal, and transcend time. A film that treats high school students as capable, intelligent beings who recognize a copy of 'The Bell Jar' lying on the ground in the same breath it treats them as moronic jocks who think with their . well not their brains, is destined for controversy. If controversy was what Lehmann and writer Daniel Waters were looking for, they found it in spades. Not only was it unconventional, showing the demise of the 'popular' kids, but it dealt with teen suicide in a comical way. Not something America was ready for at the time of release, causing many problems initially with simply getting the film shown in theaters. Luckily it has found its niche market now, and is now starting to be recognized as the powerful film that it is. Almost any store rents this movie, so there's no excuse for you to not watch it. Next time you're at the store pick this one off the shelf and give it a spin, even if you don't understand it fully you will be treated to a fantasy that almost every 'unpopular' kid has had at one time. Rating: 33/40

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