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It Couldn't Happen Here (1987)

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


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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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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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Edited into Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos (2003) See more »


It Couldn't Happen Here
Written by Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and Ennio Morricone
Performed by Pet Shop Boys
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A surreal and wonderful gift from Lowe, Tennant, Leutenant!
21 June 2001 | by brownbunnyboySee all my reviews

A real gem of an indie film. British, with great production value, lots of strange dollying shots and some fisheye shots too. The look of it is like a sparce and cheaply-made Terry Gilliam film, with a minimal and very absurdist plot filled with odd references to the Pet Shop Boys songbook, their childhoods, and their love for surrealist art, kitsch gay, biker, slapstick, and Derek Jarman films, as well as touches of Steven Wright jokery and some nice colors. I've got this on tape, and yes, you can't find it anywhere! The Pet Shop Boys are brilliant! Now, if they did it again, they should come up with a real script, and have someone like Baz Luhrmann or better yet David Cronenberg make it. Horrific, asexual, glamorous, poppy, tripped-out, and often quite, quite funny. Neato!

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