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Heathers (1989)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 31 March 1989 (USA)
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3:13 | TV Program
In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Daniel Waters
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3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Veronica
Christian Slater ... J.D.
Shannen Doherty ... Heather (Duke)
Lisanne Falk ... Heather (McNamara)
Kim Walker ... Heather (Chandler)
Penelope Milford ... Pauline Fleming
Glenn Shadix ... Father Ripper
Lance Fenton Lance Fenton ... Kurt Kelly
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Ram
Jeremy Applegate ... Peter Dawson
Jon Shear Jon Shear ... Rodney (as Jon Matthews)
Carrie Lynn Carrie Lynn ... Martha Dunnstock / Dumptruck
Phill Lewis ... Dennis
Renée Estevez ... Betty Finn (as Reneé Estevez)
John Zarchen ... Country Club Keith
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Storyline

A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts revenge on her enemies, also known as her best friends. Written by Marielle <msaz.movies@gmail.com>

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A killer comedy. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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R | See all certifications »

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Friends Veronica Sawyer and Betty Finn are named after other fictional friends Veronica and Betty from the comic strip "Archie", and Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. See more »

Goofs

When Veronica comes out of the Snappy Snack Shack with the large Slushee that JD just bought for her, she waves it around and holds it with a bent wrist in a way she couldn't possibly do if it were almost full of a heavy liquid (revealing that the cup is actually empty). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Heather McNamara: Damn. It's your turn, Heather.
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Alternate Versions

There was a scene scripted, shot but not included in the final film, in which after Veronica steps into the shower with her clothes on, the other girls in the shower room get excited and follow her "cue" and get in the shower fully dressed as well. This leads to every girl with clothes on in the shower room. The jocks peer in and see the fully clothed girls, and are disgusted. Finally afterward, Veronica, and Heather McNamara and Heather Duke walk outside and spot the T.V. cameras coming to the school. The scene ends when the two Heathers run toward the T.V. camera and Veronica stands still, in guilt. A still from this scene can be seen on the Anchor Bay DVD. See more »

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Referenced in The Taylor Predicament (1998) See more »

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Que Sera, Sera
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Published by Jay Livingston Music - St. Angelo Music
Performed by Syd Straw
Arranged by Van Dyke Parks
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Dark Comedy to the Best
16 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Ohio, Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) is a teenager trying to participate in the clique at the Westerburg High School of her schoolmates Heathers: Duke (Shannon Doherty), McNamara (Lisanne Falk) and Chandler (Kim Walker). She supports their nasty and shallow behavior just aiming to be a popular student. One day, the newcomer in town Jason Dean (Christian Slater) starts dating Veronica and he questions her relationship with the Heathers. When they accidentally kill one of the Heathers, they forge a suicide note and even dead, she becomes more popular among the students. Other students become also tempted to commit suicide while Veronica learns that Jason Dean is a psychopath.

Most American high school students are usually presented to the world in comedies as imbecile. "Heathers" makes no exception and goes further and further in the critic, showing them very shallow, trying to be popular at any price and without questioning life. The behavior of their fathers and mothers is also stupid. This original dark comedy has a great potential of a cult movie. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in the beginning of career shine in the cast performing cynical roles. "Heathers" is one of the best American teen movie and worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Atração Mortal" ("Mortal Attraction")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fatal Game See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$177,247, 2 April 1989

Gross USA:

$1,108,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,163,969
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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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