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Heavens Above! (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 23 May 1963 (UK)
A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Frank Harvey (original story), John Boulting (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... The Reverend John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ... Archdeacon Aspinall
Isabel Jeans ... Lady Despard
Ian Carmichael ... The Other Smallwood
Bernard Miles ... Simpson
Brock Peters ... Matthew
Eric Sykes ... Harry Smith
Irene Handl ... Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin ... Winnie Smith
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... Mrs. Smith-Gould
Miles Malleson ... Rockeby
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Bank Manager
William Hartnell ... Major Fowler
Roy Kinnear ... Fred Smith
Joan Hickson ... Housewife
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Storyline

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Or How a Humble Man of the Cloth Was Given the Old Double Cross

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cielos arriba See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The outer gate of the prison where Smallwood is chaplain is the same gate used for 'HM Prison Slade' in the BBC's TV comedy series Porridge (1974), starring Ronnie Barker. See more »

Goofs

At the "British Space Centre" on the fictitious island of Ultima Thule, the corridor sign for the Computer Wing displays the legend "Computor Wing". It can be seen again seven minutes later. See more »

Quotes

Simpson: I remember Sir George used to say "Whenever you hears the Bible quoted, look out cos it's most likely the devil himself!"
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Alternate Versions

Original British version runs 118 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Calling All Workers
(uncredited)
Music by Eric Coates
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Funny film, silly ending
7 July 2003 | by DadgeSee all my reviews

Peter Sellers is great as the Brummie vicar whose gaucheness brings a small country town to its knees in this famous 60s satire. It's difficult to pin down the film's target; perhaps the film's so likeable because it seems to get a dig in at everybody at the same time. Among the targets are: religion, capitalism, communism, and British society and mores. The moral of the tale seems to be that no matter your efforts or intentions, you're unlikely to improve on the status quo (and could make things a lot worse). So in the last analysis maybe it's Conservative propaganda.

The film stomps merrily through all the issues with fun effect and should've quit when it was ahead. The final segment is crass and takes off some of the shine.


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