Heavens Above! 2003 NR CC

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A clerical error leads to the appointment of a left-leaning small-town priest to a rich village, where he immediately horrifies his snobby parishioners by appointing a dustman and a black man as vicar's wardens and throwing open the vicarage to the sprawling, disreputable Smith family, who have just been evicted from their caravan site.

Starring:
Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker
Runtime:
1 hour 59 minutes

Heavens Above!

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Genres Comedy
Director John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Starring Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker
Supporting actors Isabel Jeans, Ian Carmichael, Bernard Miles, Brock Peters, Eric Sykes, Irene Handl, Miriam Karlin, Joan Miller, Miles Malleson, Eric Barker, William Hartnell, Roy Kinnear, Joan Hickson, Kenneth Griffith, Mark Eden, John Comer, Basil Dignam, Franklyn Engelman
Studio lionsgate
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EvesDaughter on March 28, 2014
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Good movie, but, only if you enjoy movies of that era - otherwise, you will most likely rate it low and find it dull. Peter Sellers is always enjoyable, but, this isn't the slapstick he's known for in the Pink Panther movies. For those who can appreciate a movie with British humor that has a plot in place of constant action, this is well worth your time.
This movie is not rated, but is family safe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
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At the open of the Boulting brothers' production of HEAVENS ABOVE (1963)!, Peter Sellers is a prison chaplin. As one of two Anglican ministers named John Smallwood, he's errantly appointed reverend to the stodgy village of Orbiston Parva. (The "other" Smallwood appears later. He's played by Ian Carmichael.)

Rev. John's socialistic beliefs are immediately at odds with the town's leading citizen, wealthy matron Lady Despard (Isabel Jeans), whose family fortune is derived from "Tranquilax," a 3-in-1 curative product. The vicar's earnest concern for her immortal soul and a biblical reminder about rich folks and "the eye of a needle" convince Lady D. to disperse her millions to the needy. She and Smallwood set up a non-denominational free food distribution center that in short order puts the town's butchers, grocers and dairymen out of work.

The minister's superiors are alerted to unrest in Orbiston Parva and visit Smallwood who, in an act of charity has taken in the Smiths, an enormous family of vagabonds. (Cast note: the oldest Smith boy, Jack is Steve Marriott, late of David Merrick's OLIVER! and soon a member of rock group the Small Faces). Archdeacon Aspinall (Ian Parker) is shocked at the vicarage's rundown condition and concerned about commercial griping over Smallwood's food bank. He summons Rev. John for a psychiatric examination. The shrink mistakenly speaks with the "other" Smallwood, who's outraged that his plumb post was usurped by our hero. The psychiatrist diagnoses him as a violent paranoid schizophrenic, while Rev. John waits quietly for his appointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Levy on June 24, 2013
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Peter Sellers at his pudgy, sweet, pre-Goon Show best, delivers a subtly shaded performance as a naive C of E minister who actually practices what he preaches, to his ultimate downfall. Superb supporting roles by Cedric Parker, Ian Carmichael, Miles Malleson, and Malcolm Muggeridge (who also penned the plot) provide a goldmine of comedy. Realistic without cruelty, uplifting without sentimentality, this movie is a gem in Shepperton Studios' rich tradition of British comedy, rivaling the original "Ladykillers" and even "Dr. Strangelove." If you enjoyed Sellers's final role as Chance the gardener in "Being There," you will see the same empathetic satire here. Favorite line (among many), as delivered by a fundamentalist minister: "Now all these so-called Christians will expect free gifts from the Church, instead of the damnation they so richly deserve!"
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A nice enjoyable tale with Peter Sellers in a typically idiosyncratic role as a vicar who actually adheres to the letter of Christian philosophy. Of course he has converts, is despised by the powers that be, and eventually is run out of town. It all seems to be an analogy to the life of Christ ( right down to the "ascending to heaven" at the end). Does seem a bit dated now but still fun.
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By Krishna Das on July 6, 2014
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Dead on and funny in many ways.
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"Heavens Above!" is an old 1963 British movie, and so, the cinematography and sound aren't great, but the story line is good. It is a mostly-humorous movie about the challenges of a new vicar, and outsider, trying to do good in a small village. The ending left us with food for thought.
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