Heaven Help Us

Heaven Help Us

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Director: Michael Dinner

Cast: Donald Sutherland, John Heard, Andrew McCarthy

     
 

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Charles Purpura scribed this semi-autobiographical tale about his experiences in a Brooklyn Catholic school of 1965. The film focuses on several Catholic school boys who get into ever increasing amounts of trouble with the presiding priests of the Catholic school, St. Basil's. Andrew McCarthy plays Michael Dunn, a newly arrived student who latches onto the class… See more details below

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Charles Purpura scribed this semi-autobiographical tale about his experiences in a Brooklyn Catholic school of 1965. The film focuses on several Catholic school boys who get into ever increasing amounts of trouble with the presiding priests of the Catholic school, St. Basil's. Andrew McCarthy plays Michael Dunn, a newly arrived student who latches onto the class egghead Caesar (Malcolm Danare), who is constantly picked on by the class bully Rooney (Kevin Dillon). Rooney intimidates Michael and Caesar to become his erstwhile chums and, along with a few other quiet students, they receive corporal punishment for minor infractions, disrupting communion and confession and, ultimately, their antics inspire changes in the strict school hierarchy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Michael Dinner's Heaven Help Us looks like just another '80s high-school romp, but it actually has some deeper thoughts and feelings running through it. While the teenagers and clergy members are, for the most part, written as stereotypes, the talented cast helps smooth over the more obvious moments and hit home runs with the smartest sections of the script. Andrew McCarthy is appealing as the newcomer learning to negotiate his way through the school; John Heard embodies the teacher/guidance counselor/father figure anybody would want; and Malcom Danare and Yeardley Smith share a very funny moment of attraction as two nerdy high-school kids who discuss Freud's explanation of phallic symbols. These people balance out the more obvious characters -- the physically abusive Catholic school teacher (Jay Patterson in a menacing, but one-note performance), Kevin Dillon's wiseass student, the devout mother -- making for a pleasant viewing experience with more charm and warmth than one might expect.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883316778531
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Archives
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
12,723

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland Brother Thadeus
John Heard Brother Timothy
Andrew McCarthy Michael Dunn
Mary Stuart Masterson Danni
Kevin Dillon Rooney
Malcom Danare Caesar
Jennifer Dundas Boo
Kate Reid Grandma
Wallace Shawn Father Abruzzi
Jay Patterson Brother Constance
Philip Bosco Brother Paul
Patrick Dempsey Corbet
Stephen Geoffreys Williams
Sherry Steiner Social Worker
George Anders Brother Augustus
Dana Barron Janine
John Bentley 1st Man
Imogene Bliss Cook
Donald Breitman Brother Gregory
Nolan Carley Bartender
Al Cerullo Pilot
Calvert Deforest Bridge Operator
Christopher Durang Priest
William Eustace Brother William
Henry Fehren Priest Celebrant
Janice Fuller Passenger
Pamela Galvin Sister Thomasina
Richard Hamilton Grandpa
Jody Jensen Girl
Mary Koch Cafeteria Lady
Paul Marchand Perrin
Kachina Myers Girl
Vic Polizos Police Officer
Douglas Seale Brother Dominic
Yeardley Smith Cathleen
Jimmie Ray Weeks Danni's Father
Mel Winkler Willie
Ed Zang Confessor

Technical Credits
Michael Dinner Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary J. Brink Set Decoration/Design
Mark Carliner Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Carl Fullerton Makeup
Robert Guerra Art Director
James Horner Score Composer
Michael Molly Production Designer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Charles Purpura Screenwriter
Jeremy Ritzer Casting
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
Kenneth Utt Producer,Production Manager
Dan Wigutow Producer

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