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Heathers (1988)

R | | Comedy | 31 March 1989 (USA)
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.

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Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Daniel Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Veronica Sawyer
Christian Slater ... Jason 'J.D.' Dean
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 'Dumptruck' Dunnstock
Phill Lewis ... Dennis
Renée Estevez ... Betty Finn (as Reneé Estevez)
John Zarchen 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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Best friends, social trends and occasional murder. See more »

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,108,462
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Walker and Lisanne Falk both appeared in Say Anything... (1989). See more »

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When Veronica and JD are waking up in the school parking lot, Veronica holds her left arm carefully. When she takes the lighter and puts it on the palm of her left hand, it is obvious that this is not a real hand. See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Featured in Pizzicato Croquet: The music of 'Heathers' (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I'll admit it, I was a Veronica!
17 May 2003 | by lambiepie-2See all my reviews

When this film came out, I didn't see it in the theater. I caught it in the video store. I walked into the video store and the funeral for the Football player was running. I stopped, watched, and laughed my head off. I immediately rented "Heathers" and fell in love with it.

"Heathers" is the realization of what almost every kid in high school was exposed to at one time or another. You were either a "Heather" or a "Veronica" or the spooky/mysterious new kid, or the jock, or the undesirable, or the cheerleader, or the kid who wanted "in" as a "Heather" or..or..or. The only thing is that "Heathers" goes on to show you what happens "if"...If you could get away with some of the things you were thinking of at the time!

The actions of the parents and teachers are to die for. When you're young you think you can figure out just about anything, or figure out what the adults are thinking and try to get around it. "Heathers" gets into it all, very darkly, and carries it off well. Although I thought the ending was a bit too...tidy.

If you're in High School, (over 17 of course) or in College looking back at High School, you'll identify with this film. If you're an adult, this may remind you of those days, but this is a nicely done dark humored film. Go rent it today, see it uncut.


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