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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 ... Self
Chris Lowe ... Self
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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The working title for the movie was "A Hard Day's Shopping", a reference to The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night (1964). 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 »


One More Chance
Written by Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and Bobby Orlando
Performed by Pet Shop Boys
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31 August 2020 | by jedepicfunnySee all my reviews

The BFI recently released this on Blu-ray and DVD. Someone on Facebook recommended it, so I thought I would pick it up.

From the reviews on IMDB, I gather the film is meant to be surreal and the plot a bit all over the place, but sadly I think it was too much for me. I do like weird films, that break the "formula" and experiment, but I just ended up confused near the end.

Everything felt kind of pointless when there is no storyline throughout - it felt like a few music videos loosely glued together (which is what it appears to actually be).

Perhaps with more thought and planning, this could have made a more coherent narrative.

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June 1988 (USA) See more »

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