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Heathers (1988)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 31 March 1989 (USA)
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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
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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Best friends, social trends and occasional murder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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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

When Heather Duke gathers signatures for the Big Fun petition, one of the students stamps his name: Dennis Di Novi. This is a reference to the film's producer, Denise Di Novi. See more »

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Moby Dick does not contain the word "Eskimo" in that spelling, but does contain "Esquimaux" which is the French Canadian spelling. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Happy Campers (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Teenage Suicide Don't Do It
Performed by Big Fun
Produced and Written by Don Dixon
Published by Lava Head Music / La Rana Music
Courtesy of Enigma Records
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A fantasy that almost every 'unpopular' kid has had at one time...
11 November 2003 | by christophaskellSee all my reviews

With Heathers, director Lehmann has done more than create a movie. He has successfully created an escape for any student not deemed popular by their local school scene. Although the clothes and hair can be linked to a certain era in history, the truths explored within 'Heathers' are universal, and transcend time. A film that treats high school students as capable, intelligent beings who recognize a copy of 'The Bell Jar' lying on the ground in the same breath it treats them as moronic jocks who think with their . well not their brains, is destined for controversy. If controversy was what Lehmann and writer Daniel Waters were looking for, they found it in spades. Not only was it unconventional, showing the demise of the 'popular' kids, but it dealt with teen suicide in a comical way. Not something America was ready for at the time of release, causing many problems initially with simply getting the film shown in theaters. Luckily it has found its niche market now, and is now starting to be recognized as the powerful film that it is. Almost any store rents this movie, so there's no excuse for you to not watch it. Next time you're at the store pick this one off the shelf and give it a spin, even if you don't understand it fully you will be treated to a fantasy that almost every 'unpopular' kid has had at one time. Rating: 33/40


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