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Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 May 1985 (USA)
When her father goes out of town, beautiful A-student Natalie lets best friends Jeff and Polly move in. Separately and together, the trio of young teens learn much about life, love, and growing up.

Director:

Linda Feferman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Natalie Becker
Byron Thames ... Jeff Moran
Maddie Corman ... Polly Franklin
Alan Boyce ... James Casey
Michael Zaslow ... Natalie's Father
Polly Draper ... Jeff's Mother
Marshall Bell ... Jeff's Stepfather
Billy Wirth ... Zoo Knudsen
Terry Kinney ... Bill the Photographer
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Rodney
Michael Higgins ... Senator Peterson
Denny Dillon ... Aunt Gail
Lauren Holly ... Lisa
Paul Martell Paul Martell ... White House Aide
Margo Skinner Margo Skinner ... Polly's Mother
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Storyline

Natalie Becker is staying at home studying and working on an essay to meet the president while her father is away. Jeffrey Moran, a childhood friend (whom her father does not know) is having trouble with his stepfather, Jeremy, who is an immature bully, so she lets him stay with her. All sorts of trouble and misunderstandings ensue. Natalie's best friend Polly tries to date a pro baseball player, Zoo Knudson, and is very intrusive on Natalie's personal life, jumping to hasty conclusions. She is also ready to jump on a plane to New York to be with Zoo. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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When you're fifteen, being in love is more than just...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deslices de joventud See more »

Filming Locations:

Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,078, 11 May 1986

Gross USA:

$31,430
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After finishing this film, Jennifer Connelly and Maddie Corman both auditioned for the lead role in Labyrinth (1986). Innitially Corman was very much considered, but when Connelly auditioned it was clear to director Jim Henson that she was the right choice. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Knudsen hits a home run, there are a few editing mistakes. The filming takes place in Shea Stadium. Well if the Generals were supposed to be the home team, they should have been wearing white uniforms. The other team, the Mets, where the ones wearing white. Also, the up close shot of the Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden, clearly shows his number as 16. After the home run, the Mets pitcher is shown with number 76. Knudsen is a right handed batter, the distant shot of the home run, shows a left handed batter swinging. See more »

Quotes

Polly Franklin: Wanna see a little play I just made up? Once there was a girl named Petunia
[Polly holds up a stuffed animal]
Polly Franklin: ... who had a friend named Nathan.
[Polly holds up a second stuffed animal]
Natalie Becker: I'm supposed to be Nathan?
Polly Franklin: Nathan is a very experienced boy. He's gone all the way. And Petunia is less experienced. She's been to second base, maybe third. And she's really hot to trot.
[holds the bears together to kiss, then slams down "Petunia"]
Polly Franklin: Tragedy strikes! Nathan doesn't like virgins.
Natalie Becker: Polly, I like you.
Polly Franklin: ...
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Little Boy Sweet
Written by Franne Golde & Peter Ivers
Performed by Josie Aiello
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A forgotten 1980s coming-of-age comedy starring Jennifer Connelly
12 September 2016 | by the_bluesmanSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that is largely forgotten nowadays. 'Seven Minutes in Heaven' is the only feature film that Linda Feferman ever directed and it was in competition for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 1986. It didn't win that award but it did receive the 'Special Jury Recognition for Youth Comedy' at the festival that year.

Admittedly, the plot of 'Seven Minutes in Heaven' is average at best and typical for a comedy of the era, but it is still a decent coming-of-age movie thanks to its rather strong main cast of genuine teenage actors. Jennifer Connelly is as sweet as always and Maddie Corman is equally delightful. Byron Thames is also great in the role of the somewhat quirky guy. I wonder why he didn't get more roles in 1980s comedies after this one. It's nice to see Marshall Bell, an accomplished and widely recognized character actor, in a small supporting role.

By the way, 'Seven Minutes in Heaven' was released on DVD in 2010 as part of the Warner Archive Collection. The picture quality of the transfer used for that DVD is surprisingly good for an archival release of a rather obscure movie made in 1985.


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