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Heaven Help Us (1985)

A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl.

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Michael Dinner

Writer:

Charles Purpura
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Brother Thadeus
John Heard ... Brother Timothy
Andrew McCarthy ... Michael Dunn
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Danni
Kevin Dillon ... Rooney
Malcolm Danare ... Caesar
Jennifer Dundas ... Boo (as Jennie Dundas)
Kate Reid ... Grandma
Wallace Shawn ... Father Abruzzi
Jay Patterson ... Brother Constance
George Anders George Anders ... Brother Augustus
Dana Barron ... Janine
John Bentley John Bentley ... First Man
Imogene Bliss Imogene Bliss ... Cook
Philip Bosco ... Brother Paul
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Storyline

Sixteen-year-old Michael Dunn arrives at St. Basil's Catholic Boys School in Brooklyn circa 1965. There, he befriends all of the misfits in his class as they collide with the repressive faculty and discover the opposite sex as they come of age. Written by Anonymous

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The Brothers preached against vice, lust and disrespect. But that never stopped these guys. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catholic Boys See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,070,794
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Brothers of the Saint Basil School were based on the real life Franciscan Brotherhood of Brooklyn, New York. See more »

Goofs

It seems unrealistic that Danni would be running the soda fountain shop all by herself with that many customers and no one to help her. A lunch special is shown on a wall board. However, there is no one else shown doing any cooking, attending the counter, or helping her in any way. See more »

Quotes

Rooney: I've been kicked off the track team, and without track my grades will be based on
[pause]
Rooney: my grades.
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Connections

References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't That Peculiar
Written by Warren Moore (aka Pete Moore), Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin and Ronald White
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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Good, but bites off more than it can chew
26 August 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Heaven Help Us" is a warm, funny, and insightful look at Catholic high school life in the 60s. The cast is great, and I'm glad they cast actors who actually look like teenagers, instead of actors in their 20s. I'm also glad the movie had some serious moments, because it makes all the antics and events all the more realistic.

These serious moments are the best parts of the movie. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem undernourished - I have to agree with a writer of an earlier user comment that this movie seems to have been cut down in the editing room. As a result, many subplots seem unfinished or lacking detail, and this includes the characters of some of the Brothers.

I enjoyed this movie a lot, but I would love to see a director's cut one day.


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