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It Couldn't Happen Here (1987)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Musical | June 1988 (USA)
A young boy's holiday at a seaside resort includes a crazy blind priest, nuns in suspenders and a whole bunch of fat ladies.


Jack Bond




Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Tennant ... Himself
Chris Lowe ... Himself
Joss Ackland ... Priest / murderer
Dominique Barnes
Neil Dickson ... Pilot / car salesman
Carmen Du Sautoy
Gareth Hunt ... Uncle Dredge / postcard seller / ventriloquist
Barbara Windsor ... Seaside landlady / Neil's mother
Clair Becker Clair Becker ... Dancer
Stephanie Buttle Stephanie Buttle ... Dancer
Lyndsey Cole Lyndsey Cole ... Dancer
Hugh Craig Hugh Craig ... Dancer
Heavon Grant Heavon Grant ... Dancer (as Hevon Grant)
Christopher Hall Christopher Hall ... Dancer
Emma Hendry Emma Hendry ... Dancer


Pet Shop Boys Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant embark upon a journey across England - but which England? Is it the half-remembered England of their childhoods, or the brutal reality of Mrs Thatcher's late-eighties England? Along the way they come across many familiar (and sinister) faces. The movie also features some of the Pet Shop Boys' most popular records. Written by Gavin Barber <Gavin.Barber@mime-gate.rl.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hard Day's Shopping See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Barbara Windsor's last film until Alice in Wonderland (2010) 23 years later. See more »


Priest: I'm just tired... I've been up all night trying to round off the infinate. And Lucifer before the day doth go.
Chris Lowe: Don't we know you?
Priest: I don't know. I used to be blind. But then I started eating carrots. I still can't see during the day.
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Edited into Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos (2003) See more »


King's Cross
Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
Performed by Pet Shop Boys
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What a fantastic film
19 May 2004 | by jason01253See all my reviews

This is one of my most favourite films of all time. I know a couple of people who went to see it at the cinema, and they just didn't get it. I got it on video whilst at college. The film has an essential philosophical message clouded in a blend of surrealism and eighties electronic music. The message is simple - what is time ? Check out the ventriloquists dummy for the answer. A keen observation from most people who call the film a flop is that it does not follow a plot - which is annoying to some people (but look at pulp fiction - what plot?) - its a journey through time and their songs. So surreal I love it. I suspect it makes little sense because they have fit the script around each of the song's stories and stitched each one together. Do films really have to make sense ? Too many films today are based on reality and I thought movie watching was about losing yourself in escapism. This world is real & serious enough. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Give it a chance & Let yourself go.

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