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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.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
... Himself
... Priest / murderer
... Pilot / car salesman
... Uncle Dredge / postcard seller / ventriloquist
... Seaside landlady / Neil's mother
Clair Becker ... Dancer
Stephanie Buttle ... Dancer
Lyndsey Cole ... Dancer
Hugh Craig ... Dancer
Heavon Grant ... Dancer (as Hevon Grant)
Christopher Hall ... Dancer
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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June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Hard Day's Shopping  »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 smell youth... vintage youth.
Neil Tennant: You don't have any weapons in there, do you?
Priest: Why? What do you need?
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Featured in Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop (2006) See more »


Hit Music
Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
Performed by Pet Shop Boys
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such a twisted surrealistic adventure...
29 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I love this film...its so odd. Filmed in part at Clacton By The Sea...a coastal town north east of London. A place i used to summer at when i was a child and living in Colchester.

The movie is full of strange and funny ramblings...hilarious one liners...theatrical delivery of "classic" Pet Shop Boys songs.

This movie reminds me of other artists such as Laurie Anderson or Mikel Rouse.

The (vague) plot is somewhat hard to follow (as it is intentionally designed being a surrealistic (pop) "art" peace).

Characters are amusing and the dance numbers...right out of the mid 80's mtv craze...reminds one of the elaborate videos of Micheal Jackson or Madonna.

If you like the pet shop boys....if you remember fondly (and perhaps with some embarrassment) the 80's. This is great! As far as i know this film is long out of print... however one can easily find it as a rather small torrent file on the web for immediate download.

Seek it out if you like the odd and the unusual...and 80's disco pop!! -k

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