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Heathers is a 1989 black comedy film starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty. The film portrays four girls in a trend-setting clique at a fictional Ohio high school. The girls — three of whom are named Heather — rule the school through intimidation, contempt, and sex appeal.

Heathers brought director Michael Lehmann and producer Denise Di Novi the 1990 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Daniel Waters also gained recognition for his screenplay, which won a 1990 Edgar Award.[1] The film was a U.S. box office failure,[2] but went on to become a cult classic, with high rentals and sales business. In 2006, it was ranked #5 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the "50 Best High School Movies"[3] and in 2008, it was ranked #412 on Empire's list of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.[4]



This film centers on seventeen year old Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), who is one of the most popular girls at Westerberg High School in Sherwood, Ohio. In addition to Veronica, the popular clique consists of three wealthy and beautiful (but deeply unhappy) girls with the same first name: the malicious leader of the pack, Heather Chandler (Kim Walker); the timid Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty); and the weak-willed cheerleader Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk). These three malevolent girls rule Westerberg through cruelty and emotional sadism. Although they are the most "popular" students at Westerberg, the Heathers are feared rather than adored, and Veronica has had enough of their shallow, vicious behaviour and longs to return to her old life, where she was happy with her former friends, whom the Heathers despise.

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