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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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Taglines:

Brooklyn, 1965. For the boys of St. Basil's it's easier to be a sinner than a saint. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,235,687, 10 February 1985

Gross USA:

$6,070,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,070,794
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is commonly known in many English speaking territories by not one but two different titles: "Catholic Boys" and "Heaven Help Us". See more »

Goofs

It seems unrealistic that Danni would be running the soda fountain shop all by herself with that many customers and no one to help her. A lunch special is shown on a wall board. However, there is no one else shown doing any cooking, attending the counter, or helping her in any way. See more »

Quotes

Brother Constance: [in Thadeus' closed-door office after melee in auditorium] They should be expelled. In the real world, they'd be charged with assault.
Brother Timothy: In the 'real world', they'd have a case of self-defense!
Brother Constance: I think expulsion is justified here.
Brother Timothy: I don't think so.
Brother Constance: Well, no one cares what you think!
Brother Thadeus: [to Brother Dominic, also in his office] Let the boys in here.
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Connections

References David Copperfield (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Soeur Sourire (aka The Singing Nun/ Jeanine Deckers) and Noel Regney
Performed by Soeur Sourire (as The Singing Nun)
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Catholic School never looked so cool
4 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

HEAVEN HELP US (1985) *** Andrew McCarthy, Kevin Dillon, Mary Stuart Masterson, Malcolm Dunare, Patrick Dempsey, John Heard, Donald Sutherland, Wallace Shawn, Stephen Geoffreys. Nice coming-of-age comedy set in a Catholic boys' school in 1963 with some fine ensemble acting. Vintage soundtrack.


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