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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 Winona…  See more details below


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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Special Features

Audio commentary with Director Michael Lehmann, Producer Denise Di Novi and Writer Daniel Water; English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired; ; Disc 2 - Featurette: Return To Westerburg High; Featurette: Swatch dogs and diet Coke Heads; Original ending screenplay excerpt (DVD-ROM); Theatrical trailer

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heathers
1. Main Titles [3:44]
2. Queen and Her Court [3:14]
3. Lunchtime Poll [3:43]
4. Jason Dean [2:42]
5. Killer Croquet [4:46]
6. Frat Party Fiasco [3:33]
7. Paid In Puke [2:33]
8. Hangover Cure [3:38]
9. A Suicide Thing [4:25]
10. Profound Sensitivity [4:33]
11. Death of a Heather [2:21]
12. Double Date [3:43]
13. Nasty Gossip [4:40]
14. Hunting for Jocks [5:15]
15. "I Love My Dead Gay Son" [3:36]
16. Pauline's Love-In [2:18]
17. Break-Up [2:53]
18. New Queen on Campus [4:18]
19. Parental Guidance [2:53]
20. Poor Little Heather [3:44]
21. Sign the Petition [3:16]
22. Psycho [4:18]
23. Funeral Nightmare [1:44]
24. Veronica's Suicide [3:34]
25. Demolition Day [3:52]
26. "May I See Your Hall Pass?" [3:46]
27. J.D's Last Rant [2:33]
28. Ka-Boom! [3:36]
29. End Credits [3:27]


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Heathers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe you all don't own a copy of this movie yet!! Why are you waiting?! This has and always will be my number one movie of all time. If you like sexy, thrilling and killing with a whole lotta justice thrown in for good measure then you can't fail to love this film too. Breakfast Club meets Natural Born Killers!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't seen this film, you are crazy. I've Loved this movie for years! This movie is exciting, suspenseful, and everyone should see it. If you like gorgous mysterious guys you'll love this movie. J.D. (Christian Slater) is the definition of bad boys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heathers is a pretty good movie. It's got a nice story line to it, and the acting is well done. It's got your stereotypical dumb jocks, your depressed, obese teens, your clumsy nerds, and the preppy, popular girls that everyone wants to slaughter. Veronica is sick of the Heathers making fun of people and even though they're her friends, she wants them dead. They basically go on a killing spree of the Heathers and the two stupid football jocks and they cleverly write suicide notes that make sense to go along with their deaths to cover up their tracks. This is a pretty original movie that's well thought out and well written; props go to Michael Lehmann.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This exagerated black comedy kept me yearning for more. The sattire is hilarious, especially if you grew up in the eighties. This film possesed my mind for many days the first time I saw it. We are all Veronica Sawer.
goodgirl2 11 days ago
Christian Slater was cute in this movie. He is the reason why you should watch this movie.
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I absolutely love this movie!! It's a look at how scary a place highschool can be when you let others dicate your life. Winona Ryder is excellent in this movie, and it is a welcome change from all the melodramatic teen movies of its time.
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I love this movie. It's my favorite movie. Itz funny in a mean way and just really a unique movie out of other movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this movie. It was funny and dark and real all at the same time. Winona is one of my favs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was very suspenseful and captivating. It's one of my favorites because it's so interesting and likeable. I recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was really good. Christian Slater is unbelievably sexy and so is Winona Rider. I mean come on any movie that involves actors like them needs to be watched. The teen suicide and all the darkness about this movie was very entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This pitch-black comedy seems just like any adolescent comedy about the stuck up girls at school, and the new guy love intrest... Then the killings start. Not serial killings, no, Winona Rider and Christian Slater team up as a murderous duo, that set up murders as suicides. As more and more of the teens "off themselves," the story actually blends from a farce revolving around death, to a teenager perspective view on why actual teenagers commit suicide. But don't think for one second that this film is any less than 100% comedic farce, with comic releif around every turn. This is one wild ride that you will remember long after its over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heathers is a teen movie A very good movie Its sorta like Mean Girls but much better Wionya Ryder has a friend name Heather but she's really mean so a guy name JD helps her kill Heather Christin Slater plays on this movie This is a cool movie A teen movie even some sucide and Shannon Dorthy plays a girl name Heather on the movie Heathers rock!!!!
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
the highschool edition is funny i always loved Heathers a black comedy thats better than mean girls Jawbreaker and even clueless wow cool movie!
J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
I really like this movie! It's funny, yet at the same time your like 'This is sooo bad', but you can't stop watching!
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This movie was marginal at best. While I did enjoy Wynonna Ryders performance, it seems to be her standard pseudo 'out of touch' teen role she's used for years.It's just a played out role with a few unique swists, who cares. Mr. Slater's performance was nothing to write home about either. The actors never made me believe what the director intended. While not a must have, this film does deliver some off tilt humor in a sorta black comedy way, but at the end of the day, I'm just not buying it.