The Gospel According To Vic (Heavenly Pursuits) (1986)





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Vic Mathews (Tom Conti) is a Glasgow teacher who works in a Catholic school for backward students. Though the school is named for Edith Semple, a long-dead Scotswoman who supposedly performed several miracles in her lifetime, Vic is doggedly nonreligious, insisting that it's miracle enough that his students can learn anything. The rest of the faculty hopes to have Edith Semple canonized as a saint, but Vic wants no part of this. After he is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, Vic is amazed when the tumor suddenly vanishes, just a miracle. Many other strange happenings occur around Vic, prompting extensive media coverage. Still, Vic steadfastly refuses to believe in divine miracles--which causes no end of trouble with the other teachers, the Vatican authorities, and Vic's new lady friend Helen Mirren. The easy-to-take Gospel According to Vic has also been released as Heavenly Pursuits.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Tom Conti
as Vic Mathews
Helen Mirren
as Ruth Chancellor
David Hayman
as Jeff Jeffries
Brian Pettifer
as Father Cobb
Dave Anderson
as Headmaster
Tom Busby
as Brusse
Sam Graham
as Doctor
Kara Wilson
as McAllister
Robert Paterson
as MacKrimmond
John Mitchell
as Gibbons
Juliet Cadzow
as Woman Teacher
Jake D'Arcy
as Wee Man in Bar
Ron Donachie
as Big Man in Bar
Grace Kirby
as French Teacher
Jenny McCrindle
as Carole Adams
Billy McElhaney
as Reporter 2
Lawrie McNicol
as Reporter 1
Jay Smith
as Photographer
Carey Wilson
as Education Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Gospel According To Vic (Heavenly Pursuits)

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Powerful drama that reminds us that hope is a precious and buoyant emotion that can give our lives substance and meaning.

Full Review… | July 17, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Gospel According To Vic (Heavenly Pursuits)

Heavenly Pursuits is a film of minor pleasures, perfectly agreeable without ever making a genuine impact.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

(*** 1/2): [img][/img] Interesting and with a good cast. I was surprised by how much I actually liked this movie.


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