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Considered a bit too sacrilegious for general consumption in 1963, the Boulting brothers' Heavens Above was simply ahead of its time, and has since accrued a loyal and vocal following. Peter Sellers plays an idealistic British reverend with a bad habit of telling the truth at all times. He also follows his conscience whenever possible, resulting in several cleric decisions that shock his wealthy, landed-gentry parishioners. By inviting such "undesirables" as gypsies and West Africans to worship freely in his church, Sellers rouses the ire of the rest of his white-bread flock. He does, however, compel the selfish owner (Isabel Jeans) of a laxative firm to "see the light" and to sell off all her holdings on behalf of the poor and downtrodden. Unfortunately, by doing this the woman wrecks her business--which is the principal source of income for the community where Sellers works. Retreating from town with an angry mob on his heels, Sellers relocates on a tiny island in the Pacific. Since the island is the site of a missile base, and since the local astronauts have shown signs of agnosticism, where else is there for Sellers to go...but up? Heavens Above was inspired by a notion cooked up by iconoclastic British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Peter Sellers
as The Rev. John Smallwood
Bernard Miles
as Simpson
Cecil Parker
as Archdeacon Aspinall
Eric Sykes
as Harry Smith
Irene Handl
as Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin
as Winnie Smith
Brock Peters
as Matthew
Isabel Jeans
as Lady Despard
Ian Carmichael
as The Other Smallwood
Roy Kinnear
as Fred Smith
Kenneth Griffith
as Rev. Owen Smith
Miles Malleson
as Rockerby
William Hartnell
as Maj. Fowler
Joan Hickson
as Garrulous Housewife
Harry Locke
as Shop Steward
Nicholas Phipps
as Director General
Thorley Walters
as Tranquilax Executive
George Woodbridge
as Bishop
Basil Dignam
as Prisoner Governor
Colin Gordon
as Prime Minister
Joan Heal
as Disgruntled Housewife
Conrad Phillips
as P.R.O.
Cardew Robinson
as Tramp
Billy Milton
as Fellowes
Howard Pays
as Astronaut
John Comer
as Butcher
Mark Eden
as Sir Geoffrey Despard
Drewe Henley
as Doris' Boy Friend
Geoffrey Hibbert
as Council Official
Marjorie Lawrence
Henry Longhurst
as Deaf Gentleman
Malcolm Muggeridge
as Cleric
Olive Sloane
as Quarreling Housewife
Elsie Wagstaffe
as Lady on Parish Church Council
Tim Brinton
as TV Commentator
Eric Barker
as Bank Manager
Marianne Stone
as Miss Palmer
Drewe Henley
as Doris' Boy Friend
Eric Barker
as Bank Manager
Geoffrey Hibbert
as Council Official
Tim Brinton
as TV Commentator
Elsie Wagstaffe
as Lady on Parish Church Council
Mark Eden
as Sir Geoffrey Despard
Olive Sloane
as Quarreling Housewife
John Comer
as Butcher
Malcolm Muggeridge
as Cleric
Henry Longhurst
as Deaf Gentleman

Crew

Roy Boulting
Director
John Boulting
Director
John Boulting
Producer
Roy Boulting
Producer
John Boulting
Screenwriter
Richard Rodney Bennett
Composer (Music Score)
Teddy Darvas
Editor
Albert Witherick
Art Director
David Ffolkes
Costume Designer
Peter Childs
Draftsman
Gerry Fletcher
Makeup
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup
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