Heathers

Heathers

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Director: Michael Lehmann

Cast: Michael Lehmann, Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

     
 

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A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member WinonaSee more details below

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A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member Winona Ryder begins to exhibit a conscience; together with her hardcase boyfriend Christian Slater, Ryder plots to avenge all the unfortunate victims of the group. Before long, Heather (Kim Walker) ends up dead along with Kurt and Ram, with poignant suicide notes posted near their bodies.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
John Hughes minted the gold standard for '80s teen movies with such heartfelt profiles in angst as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. But when Heathers arrived in 1989, it heralded a new age. A black comedy with a brutally witty script (by Daniel Waters and director Michael Lehmann), Heathers mixed satire, nihilism, and madcap horror into a bubbling, critic-pleasing brew. It also helped propel Winona Ryder to prominence, portraying Veronica, the offbeat outsider who joins the sadistic, school-ruling clique known as the Heathers (Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, and Kim Walker) only to grow intensely dissatisfied with their antics. Expelled from the group, she takes up with new kid, J. D. (Christian Slater, channeling Jack Nicholson), whose misanthropy trumps even her own repulsion at phony adolescent hierarchies. Soon, Heather bodies begin piling up, Veronica realizes that J. D. is a homicidal maniac, and it's clear that teen movies will never be the same. A colorful pop paean to teen alienation, Heathers attacks the status obsession of American teens with glee -- a strain that informs such '90s hits as Clueless and American Beauty, as well as the poignant 2001 entry Ghost World. The DVD editions -- either the Limited Edition tin or the more conventional Special Edition -- sport audio commentary and "Swatch Dogs and Diet Coke Heads," a featurette, bearing the Heathers working title, that reunites the cast and crew. Also unearthed and presented for the first time -- alas, only in script form -- is the original ending (with Veronica aiding rather than hindering J. D.'s final spree).
All Movie Guide
A more scathing and trenchant teen movie has rarely been made than Heathers. Packaged and sold as a film about a group of wanna-be Valley Girls, it turned out to be a deadly examination of cliques and teenage vengeance, a black comedy comparable in its own way to Lord of the Flies. Screenwriter Daniel Waters and writer-director Michael Lehmann took audiences by surprise with smart, telling dialogue and a diabolical plot. Playing the only member of an Ohio high school's ruling clique not named Heather, Winona Ryder did much to launch herself into stardom. The film also cemented the bad-girl reputation of TV star Shannen Doherty and featured Christian Slater in his first major starring role. Heathers was too dark to be as popular with mass audiences as it was with many viewers and critics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
UPC:
0013131155334
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Winona Ryder Veronica Sawyer
Christian Slater J.D.
Shannen Doherty Heather Duke
Lisanne Falk Heather McNamara
Kim Walker Heather Chandler
Penelope Milford Pauline Fleming
Glenn Shadix Father Ripper
Lance Fenton Kurt Kelly
Jeremy Applegate Peter Dawson
Carrie Lynn Martha "Dumptruck" Dunnstock
Ursula Martin Featured
Jon Mathews Rodney
Patrick Laborteaux Ram
Phill Lewis Dennis
Renée Estevez Betty Finn
John Zarchen Country Club Keith
Sherrie Wills Country Club Courtney
Andy David Fat Cynic
Kevin Hardesty 1st Heavy Metaller in Parking Lot
Josh Richman 2nd Heavy Metaller in Parking Lot
Bess Meyer Female Stoner
Jennifer Rhodes Veronica's Mom
Bill Cort Veronica's Dad
Larry Cox David
Kent Stoddard Brad
John Ingle Principal Gowan
Stuart Mabray Counselor Paul Hyde
Aaron Mendelson Nerd in Pauline's Class
Kirk Scott Big Bud Dean
Mark Bringelson Officer McCord
Chuck La Font Officer Milner
Mark Carlton Kurt's Dad

Technical Credits
Michael Lehmann Director
Denise Di Novi Producer
Sally Dennison Casting
Rudy Dillon Costumes/Costume Designer
Julie Hewett Makeup
Norman D. Hollyn Editor
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Francis Kenny Cinematographer
Iya Labunka Associate Producer,Production Manager
Kara Lindstrom Art Director
David Newman Score Composer
Julie Selzer Casting
Daniel Waters Screenwriter
Christopher Webster Executive Producer

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