Every once in a while, I get the urge to watch something completely out of the norm. While perusing the plethora of content on Amazon Prime, Heavens Above! Caught my eye.
It’s a 1963 film featuring a young Peter Sellers as an idealistic young pastor who is assigned to a church with a rather snooty congregation in the quaint English village of Orbiston Parva.
The upper ranks of the clergy intended to assign an upper class cleric to the parish albeit a clerical error brought in Peter Seller’s character who had the same name – John Smallwood.
Smallwood’s youth, naivete and devotion to the Christian faith and principles soon has him earning the disdain of the community, who are obviously not as devout as they aspire to be.
Undaunted, Smallwood stays true to what he believes and strives to make a difference in the community. He succeeds but not in the way that he would have preferred.
Ultimately, the community rebels and he is assigned out of the parish.
The movie had a lot of great classic British humour and dialog, and was a poignant portrayal of the struggle of those who desire to honour their devotion and make a difference in their communities, only to be opposed and rejected.
I’ve long been a fan of Sellers and he did a stellar performance in the role of this enthusiastic young vicar.