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Heavens Above! (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 23 May 1963 (UK)
A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Frank Harvey (original story), John Boulting (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... The Reverend John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ... Archdeacon Aspinall
Isabel Jeans ... Lady Despard
Ian Carmichael ... The Other Smallwood
Bernard Miles ... Simpson
Brock Peters ... Matthew
Eric Sykes ... Harry Smith
Irene Handl ... Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin ... Winnie Smith
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... Mrs. Smith-Gould
Miles Malleson ... Rockeby
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Bank Manager
William Hartnell ... Major Fowler
Roy Kinnear ... Fred Smith
Joan Hickson ... Housewife
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Storyline

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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vicar | satire | naivety | gypsy | astronaut | See All (9) »

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Or How a Humble Man of the Cloth Was Given the Old Double Cross

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cielos arriba See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Marriott, who played Harry Smith's son Jack, was later to become the lead singer and guitarist with influential English rock group, the Small Faces. See more »

Goofs

When on the train at the 1:34:30 mark, the Godminster Gazette newspaper headline mentioning Orbiston Parva has left the R out of Parva spelling it Pava. See more »

Quotes

Simpson: I remember Sir George used to say "Whenever you hears the Bible quoted, look out cos it's most likely the devil himself!"
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Alternate Versions

Original British version runs 118 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »

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From Here To Eternity
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Written by Fred Karger and Robert Wells
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Class British Comedy
12 August 2005 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

This is one of the classic British comedies of the 1960's Peter Sellers is superb as the Rev Smallwood a socialist priest mistakenly sent to an upper-crust English village. Eric Sykes and Cecil Parker excel in their roles, Sykes as the lay about, work dodging Smith and Parker as the holier than thou archdeacon. Irene Handle and Ian Carmicheal also make appearances in this film in their typical roles played to perfection.

This film is a satire (with elements of farce) on British society particularly the class system as well as religions role in it. The character are typically English and all show their true nature as the Rev Smallwood bumbles his way into a media frenzy without really knowing it.

All in all if you like British comedy this film is a must see but if you haven't lived in the U.K some of the lines and issues may be lost on you.

A classic up there with the likes of The Ladykillers and Lavender Hill Mob as the cream of British Comedy. 8/10


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