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The Heavenly Kid (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 26 July 1985 (USA)
A hip guardian angel named Bobby Fantana, who died in a car race in the 60s, reluctantly agrees to watch over lonely 80s high schooler Lenny Barnes who needs guidance on how to become cool.

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Cary Medoway
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Smith ... Bobby Fantana
Jason Gedrick ... Lenny Barnes
Jane Kaczmarek ... Emily Barnes
Richard Mulligan ... Rafferty
Mark Metcalf ... Joe Barnes
Beau Dremann ... McIntyre / Bill
Stephen Gregory ... Fred Gallo
Anne Sawyer Anne Sawyer ... Sharon
Nancy Valen ... Melissa
Chad Wiggins-Grady Chad Wiggins-Grady ... Jerry
Scott Stone Scott Stone ... Frank
William Kerwin ... Suburbaner (as Rooney Kerwin)
Will Knickerbocker Will Knickerbocker ... Max
Harold Bergman Harold Bergman ... Mr. Finley
Donna Rosea Donna Rosea ... Boulevard Girl (as Donna Rosae)
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Storyline

When Bobby dies in a car accident he is not allowed to enter heaven but has to stay in one of the lower levels until he has worked enough as an guardian angel in order to deserve paradise. He is first given an assignment of helping a young kid named Lenny, who later Bobby founds out is his son. Lenny has a crush for a girl named Sharon who is the most beautiful girl of the class. But she does not even notice him until Bobby helps Lenny change his image and boosts his confidence. By doing this Bobby dresses Lenny up making him a playboy and tough guy so that he gets what he wants although Bobby knows that this is not the best. Bobby later realizes that Lenny's mother is his former girlfriend who has married another guy. Although not being allowed he makes himself visible to her... after some situations take place he vows to give his soul up to help his son from losing his own life. This unknowingly earns Bobby a trip to Heaven or "uptown" as the movie refers to it. Written by Volker Boehm

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1962 was a bad year for Bobby. First he drove 300ft over a cliff, then they wouldn't let him into heaven... See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teen Angel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,614,225, 28 July 1985

Gross USA:

$3,852,271

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,852,271
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening scenes showing how Bobby died in a car crash in a "chicken run" is a recreation of the famous race scene in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Joe is even wearing a red jacket like James Dean. See more »

Goofs

Rafferty has already finished his meal when Bobby returns to the table moments later, after repeatedly trying to leave. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: Look, Emily, I got to go now, but I'll always be with you.
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Connections

Spoofed in (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Need The Touch
Written by Stefan Schmitt and Steve Humphreys
Performed by Stuffy Shmitt
Produced by Rob Stevens
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yet another likable 80s teen pic
24 August 1999 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

Bobby, a hotshot high-schooler from the 60s, ends up in the 80s to coach a dweebie kid into being a more confident, popular guy. I cant tell you how Bobby got there as it would spoil one of the films more dramatic moments, but I can say you should enjoy all the scenes dealing with his tutoring of Gedrick. He gives him a better look, hot wheels, and a little toughness to stand up to the jerks at school. Its executed pretty well and the pair make a good mismatch. The film also does a nice job when it has to be dramatic, as when Bobby has to deal with a few surprises. The ending is perfectly heartfelt without going over the line into sappiness as well. Great soundtrack, too, with a lot of nicely placed (though all unknown) songs to accentuate the scenes. A teen 80s film that got lost in the mix of so many of them, this belongs on the list of the good ones.


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