Heaven Help Us (1985)




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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.
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Comedy , Drama
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Andrew McCarthy
as Michael Dunn
Donald Sutherland
as Brother Thadeus
John Heard
as Brother Timothy
Kevin Dillon
as Rooney
Malcom Danare
as Caesar
Kate Reid
as Grandma
Wallace Shawn
as Father Abruzzi
Jay Patterson
as Brother Constance
George Anders
as Brother Augustus
Dana Barron
as Janine
John Bentley
as 1st Man
Philip Bosco
as Brother Paul
Donald Breitman
as Brother Gregory
Nolan Carley
as Bartender
Al Cerullo
as Pilot
Calvert DeForest
as Bridge Operator
William Eustace
as Brother William
Henry Fehren
as Priest Celebrant
Janice Fuller
as Passenger
Pamela Galvin
as Sister Thomasina
Mary Koch
as Cafeteria Lady
Paul Marchand
as Perrin
Vic Polizos
as Police Officer
Douglas Seale
as Brother Dominic
Yeardley Smith
as Cathleen
Sherry Steiner
as Social Worker
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Danni's Father
Mel Winkler
as Willie
Ed Zang
as Confessor
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Critic Reviews for Heaven Help Us

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Heaven Help Us


I didn't find it very funny, and it was more profane and troubling than I would have guessed. I got nothing out of it. (First and only viewing - 12/17/2014)

Adam R
Adam R

funny comedy. Made me laugh even when my dad died. Larry "Bud" Melman totally wrecks Roony's Car on the Draw-Bridge . . . soooo FUNNY!!!!!!! Hilarious I love James Horner's music THE BEST! and there's a resident poignancy under-girding the humor.

Gordon Terry
Gordon Terry

I have no idea why this is not a classic. Not many people have heard of this movie but it is extremely funny. The scene with the priest talking about lust and hell is a classic. Two thumbs up.

Ben McDonald
Ben McDonald

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