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Heaven Help Us (1985)

A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl.

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Michael Dinner

Writer:

Charles Purpura

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Brother Thadeus
John Heard ... Brother Timothy
Andrew McCarthy ... Michael Dunn
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Danni
Kevin Dillon ... Rooney
Malcolm Danare ... Caesar
Jennifer Dundas ... Boo (as Jennie Dundas)
Kate Reid ... Grandma
Wallace Shawn ... Father Abruzzi
Jay Patterson ... Brother Constance
George Anders George Anders ... Brother Augustus
Dana Barron ... Janine
John Bentley John Bentley ... First Man
Imogene Bliss Imogene Bliss ... Cook
Philip Bosco ... Brother Paul
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Storyline

Sixteen-year-old Michael Dunn arrives at St. Basil's Catholic Boys School in Brooklyn circa 1965. There, he befriends all of the misfits in his class as they collide with the repressive faculty and discover the opposite sex as they come of age. Written by Anonymous

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If God had wanted them to be angels, He would have given them wings! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catholic Boys See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,070,794
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the studio decided to produce this film, it was tough to track down the writer. He was in Tibet and they had to wait for him to return before they started working on the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dunn discovers Boo laying in his bed with all the flowers around her, the position of the baseball cap on the bedpost changes. See more »

Quotes

Rooney: Hey, let me buy you a Coke or somethin'!
Janine: Oh, hot shit!
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Connections

Features Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Loving You Too Long
Written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler
Performed by Otis Redding
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Reflects that period of time
11 November 2005 | by BlkynboySee all my reviews

This movie depicts a time that has now become a part of history. St. Michael's School closed its doors earlier this year. The neighborhood which was populated by Irish and Italian kids is now primarily Latino and lower-income,who couldn't afford the rising tuition.

The situations, as portrayed, were actually quite realistic for an inner-city parochial school. Some might say the brutality toward the boys was extreme- but pretty close to the truth.

Actual scenes were used in the neighborhood. The building that housed the candy store is still there, empty and derelict.

The movie caught the aura of the era and is becoming a 'cult classic'


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