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    About 10 years ago I watched a film where a couple of brothers were trying to get to an orphanage. After a long struggle, with the older boy carrying his brother he was asked if he was heavy and he replied "he aint heavy he's my brother".



    Does anyone know what this film is?

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    name='claytona']About 10 years ago I watched a film where a couple of brothers were trying to get to an orphanage. After a long struggle, with the older boy carrying his brother he was asked if he was heavy and he replied "he aint heavy he's my brother".



    Does anyone know what this film is?


    Do they use that in the film of Boys Town with Spencer Tracey?



    The Hollies song comes from the motto of the real Boys Town

    The Story Behind the Song



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    Some more information here: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Hollies - Songfacts



    Looks like it must be Boys Town (a famous film I've never seen).



    Interesting origins to a famous song.

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    I don't think that scene is in Boys Town (1938). The reference Cornershop cites is from 1941. It's been a long time since I saw the film, but I don't recall a scene like that. I'll admit, my memory is not always the best. There is a sequel, Men of Boys Town. I never saw that.



    I went back and read Cornershops reference more carefully. The line was first used in the 1941 sequel, Men of...

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    Thanks anyway, it's not Boys Town (bought it thinking it was) or Men of Boys Town. Think I'm going to have to give up

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    Don't give up. Someone else may have the answer. It might not be today. Keep checking.

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    name='claytona']Thanks anyway, it's not Boys Town (bought it thinking it was) or Men of Boys Town. Think I'm going to have to give up


    If it's not Men of Boy's Town (where the phrase is definitely used), then presumably it's a comedy parodying the sequence?

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    One of the muscal themes in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers is called 'He Ain't Heavy, He's The Cardinal'.

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    name='claytona']About 10 years ago I watched a film where a couple of brothers were trying to get to an orphanage. After a long struggle, with the older boy carrying his brother he was asked if he was heavy and he replied "he aint heavy he's my brother".



    Does anyone know what this film is?


    Why do you say it's not Men of Boys Town? Not only is the line spoken in the film, but the scene you describe is in the picture,



    From everything2.com:



    "In the picture, the older boy is struggling to carry the youngster on his back."



    "The...phrase...gained widespread renown when it was featured in the 1941 movie."

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    I think the film may be Orphans (1997) although some of the details may differ a little.



    The film is about 3 brothers trying to get to their mother's funeral.



    At one point, the older brother insists on pall bearing the coffin on his own. As he struggles under the weight of it, the priest insists that it is far too heavy for one man to carry and he replies "She ain't heavy, she's my mother"



    A corny joke but surprisingly poignant at that moment.

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