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Heavens Above! [DVD]


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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, Ian Carmichael, Eric Sykes
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNMMQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By P. D. gray TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
Im so glad this film has had a dvd release in the UK, seems as though we've waited ages for it. This has to be one of Peter Sellers finest, most unappreciated films, largely ignored on its initial release but getting a strong following as the years went by. Unlike some of his later characterisations he underplays this one beautifully and its a very believable character, a lowly vicar trying hard to practice what he preachs but sadly causing chaos around him. The supporting cast are also brilliant with a turn from Eric Sykes as the head of a LARGE family who come to live with the vicar and end up robbing him blind, one of the best roles Sykes has had and his wife played by Irene Handle is also a joy to watch.

If you want to see Peter Sellers at his best, for once able to keep his manic personality OFF the screen then view this film, a lovely piece of cinema.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DH Dixon on 4 Jun 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of two important Sellers films in which Sellers gets upstaged by Kenneth Griffith. Griffith only lasts a minute or two but his fiery Welsh vicar is well worth having, and he's a British great too. In this case Sellers creates one of his best character performances and I like this character particularly. He joins up with Ian Carmichael again. On my TV the widescreen masking at the bottom on the right flickers irritatingly, which I've not had before. Otherwise a fine print of a great Sellers film.

PS - I've since changed my TV and don't get that problem any more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Dome on 11 Sep 2008
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My favourite film and, possibly, the best British comedy film, ever made. A true classic gem. If you like Ealing type films, and enjoy lots of laughter, this film is a must. I can't rate it high enough.

A great story, featuring, an incredibly stunning performance by, peter sellers, and probably his best ever. The film also, stars, other great, performances from the likes of,ie Eric Sykes, Miran Carling, Irene Handel, Cecil parker, Miles matheson,and, many others.

It's the story of, a vicar (peter sellers), a genteel natured lolly clergyman, with a soft Liverpudlians accent, who, is mistakenly, sent to serve in a parish. Sellers zealous religious beliefs and the principals he acts upon from the scriptures, soon gets him in trouble with the Bishop and his elders, when, he takes in a travelling family,played superbly by Eric sykes as the shifty father, Miran Carling, and, the lovable Irene Handel, and their hoard of children, to live in the rectory.
sellers also preaches the joy of giving and, convinces a, very rich lady, to give free food to the people with her money, that leaves the local shops, angry, and the people greedy.leading to sellers, being shunned by everyone, and problematic for the church. You can't help feeling sad for the well meaning character.

Apparantly, in Documentry's about sellers,people working on the film state, even off camera, peter continued to stay in his character role, even while playing cricket during breaks from filming.

This film is a true classic that, will have you in stiches, and at times, quite emotional too. It really dosen't get better than this. it's surley sellers greatest performance, and shows the great comedy actors veratility, and genius.

A cosy delightful film to put your feet up and languish in film comedy heaven. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lou Knee on 18 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
A very well conceived idea and a fine, complex social satire, HA makes a lot of valid points about why the church no longer has a place in (British) politics and gives us a comedic vision of what can happen if it does get too involved. Notable for both a subtle, rich screenplay and a superb performance by Peter Sellers who has every nuance down to tee as the vicar erroneously selected to run an affluent middle England parish. He is exactly the opposite of the conservative, establishment, garden party vicar that the town is used to, and his radical, social minded actions cause chaos. The town's economic and social state of affairs are put into turmoil by his idealistic actions, and this gives us a lot of food for thought. The story shows what harm religious idealists can do to the mechanics of everyday life and it also satirises the tokenism and vacuity of our established C of E parish churches, where the most radical decision the vicar will make is what sandwich to have with his omnipresent cup of tea. Cecil Parker is the embodiment of an establishment Bishop who enjoys material pleasures every bit as much as spiritual ones. I think the film sags a bit because of a drawnout ending, and loses some credibilty with it too, but this is possibly because the Boulting Bros. made such high quality products and a quicker ending would have jarred with the meticulous build up that went before. A very English product and really worth watching for both the satire and the nostalgia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 2000
Format: VHS Tape
`I'm alright Jack' is The Classic `unions' satirical comedy from the Boulting brothers. Many great performances including those from Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers.
Less well known, `Heavens Above' is the Boultings' attempt at satirising the religious establishment. Sellers is cast as a well-meaning parson whose attempts at absolute religious interpretation go badly wrong in a cosy English village.
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