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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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If God had wanted them to be angels, He would have given them wings! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut produced screenplay of cinema movies of writer Charles Purpura with his second and final made film script being Satisfaction (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Dunn discovers Boo laying in his bed with all the flowers around her, the position of the baseball cap on the bedpost changes. See more »

Quotes

[Caesar's desk falls apart when Brother sits on it]
Brother Constance: Oh, you'll pay for that Caesar!
Caesar: [indignantly] But, Brother my screws are gone!
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Connections

Features Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo al Factotum
from "The Barber of Seville"
Written by Gioachino Rossini
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Funny, touching, and underrated
27 October 2004 | by KidRalphSee all my reviews

While I can't comment on the accuracy in which the "Catholic School for Boys" is depicted in this movie, having once been a teenage boy, I can attest to having known (or been) a kid who is represented by nearly every character in the movie. I identified most with Andrew McCarthy's character, but saw a little of myself in many of the other kids.

The movie is at times funny, touching, and intense. I believe it has been largely forgotten and was ignored even in its initial run. It is vastly underrated, and if you happen across it in the TV Guide or in the older titles at the video store, it is worth two hours of your life. Recommended.


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