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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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Director:
Writer:
Daniel Waters (written by)
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Release Date:
31 March 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Best friends, social trends and occasional murder. See more »
Plot:
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; killing the popular kids. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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 Dunnstock aka Dumptruck

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 Pkg. Lot
Mark Carlton ... Kurt's Dad
James 'Poorman' Trenton ... 'Hot Probs' D.J
Adrian Drake ... Gruff Teacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sylvia Tobias ... (uncredited)

Jeffrey Weissman ... Voice Actor (uncredited)
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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)
 
Stunts
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
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)
 
Thanks
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
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:R (NO. 29338) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The radio call-in show "Hot Probs" featured in the movie is a version of the now nationally famous KROQ radio show "Loveline", and the radio DJ in the movie is James 'Poorman' Trenton, the creator and original host of "Loveline".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Student:Did you hear? School's canceled today cause Kurt & Ram killed themselves in a repressed, homosexual, suicide pact.
Heather Duke:No Way!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Que Sera, SeraSee more »

FAQ

Where can I find the song "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)?"
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62 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
The definition of satire on film, 15 April 2004
Author: cadfile from Columbus, Ohio

I first saw "Heathers" when it was first released in 1989 and to this day I remember most of the lines and scenes which cause me to laugh at all the wrong times.

I went to see the film because the hot actor of the time was Winona Ryder and I was in love with her after seeing her in "Lucas" and "Beetlejuice" and "1969". In each movie she played a version of a Goth chick - very smart, very pretty, but with a monotone delivery and moody attitude.

I also wanted to catch Christian Slater. I remembered him from his role as Binx in "The Legend of Billie Jean" and in the film "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"

"Heathers" is great satire of teen life back in the 1980's. It picks apart every teen angst and cliche and spins it in a goofy plot of rebellion and revenge gone amuck.

Ryder, playing Veronica, is on the fringe of the popular clic run by 3 girls names Heather. Each Heather is abusive, dumb, and pretty. For any teen who wanted to fit in the popular crowd but couldn't make it completely will identify with Veronica.

She meets a new student, J.D., played by Slater who is the complete opposite of the popular crowd. He wants nothing to do with them or the school. Veronica finds this interesting and soon she falls under the expert manipulation of J.D. Due to what starts as an accidental death, the two start a chain of events that looks like a teen suicide epidemic that was the common fear of adults back then.

Slater steals the movie from Ryder with his sly Jack Nicholson line delivery and James Dean attitude. Ryder is good but she can't stop Slater from chewing up the scenes.

The adults in the movie are classic clueless parental units that teen movies seem to always need. The best one is the guidance counselor that says "Whether or not a teenager decides to kill themselves is the biggest decision of their life. "

Watching this movie I kept saying to myself "They just did not do that?" or "They just did not say that?" I never laughed so hard in my life at that time.

A special treat was the Heather played by Shannen Doherty. Besides Ryder and Slater, she was the only other actor that I knew (except for Patrick Labyorteaux, who played the jock "Ram" who can now be seen on JAG as Ens. Roberts). Before Heathers, Shannen had played good girl roles and had just ended a series called "Our House" where she wanted to become a pilot. Her role became more interesting after finding out she turned out like her "Heather" character in real life.

The only thing that bothers me about this film today is that it could never be made today. The suicide epidemics (that still happen from time to time) has been replaced by killing one's classmates at school. I just don't think the studios would have the guts to film a satire like "Heathers" today.

As a side note: I read some of the previous comments from users who have only seen this movie on TV. All I can say is see the uncut version either on a movie channel or rent the DVD. The language and satire will only work in its uncensored format.

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