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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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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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Catholic Boys  »

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$6,070,794
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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

Though set in 1965, a 1967 Pontiac is visible on the street outside the schoolyard. 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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Tutti Frutti
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Within the satire there are elements of truth
30 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

First: I'm not Catholic and I didn't attend a parochial school in New York City. I grew up in the Midwest and most of the Catholic and Protestant students attended the public school system.

My partner of many years grew up Catholic, though is no longer practicing -- and he's told me that what is depicted in the movie is pretty darned accurate even given the satire; and I've checked with other who grew up Catholic and they've said pretty much the same thing.

So, for some of us -- this movie is a window into what life was like in strict, 1960s-style, just-barely-past-Vatican-II Catholicism.

It's interesting to note that the ultra-conservative, fundamentalist tradition I grew up in during that time is not so terribly different in attitude from what the students in this movie (and real-life ) endured: the books we read, the movies we watched, the television programs we watched, the friends we made were all prescribed by our ultra-fundamentalist pastor.

I think the movie is very under-rated and well deserves to be viewed in its uncut version.


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