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Clockwise (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 10 October 1986 (USA)
An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference.

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Michael Frayn (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Brian Stimpson
Penny Leatherbarrow Penny Leatherbarrow ... Woman Teacher
Howard Lloyd-Lewis Howard Lloyd-Lewis ... Ted
Jonathan Bowater Jonathan Bowater ... Clint
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ... Mr. Jolly
Alison Steadman ... Gwenda Stimpson
Mark Bunting Mark Bunting ... Studious Boy
Robert Wilkinson Robert Wilkinson ... Streaker
John Bardon ... Ticket Collector
Mark Burdis Mark Burdis ... Glen Scully
Nadia Sawalha ... Mandy Kostakis (as Nadia Carina)
Dickie Arnold ... Man at Station
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ... First Class Passenger (as Angus Mackay)
Peter Needham Peter Needham ... Porter
Peter Lorenzelli Peter Lorenzelli ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Brian Stimpson is the headmaster of a comprehensive (high) school in England. He sets himself, his staff and pupils very high standards. On the way to a conference at which he is to talk, all manner of disasters strike. Written by Rob Hartill

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If you've ever been late... you'll know what this film is all about!

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clockwise - Recht so, Mr. Stimpson See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,476,356
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for this film featured a preamble that read: "Mr. Brian Stimpson ran his life - and everyone else's - by the clock. Then one day at 2:09 and 43 seconds . . . The clock decided to strike back. Monty Python's John Cleese in CLOCKWISE". See more »

Goofs

The headrests in Gwenda's car disappear then reappear between shots as she is leaving the railway station. See more »

Quotes

Brian Stimpson: The first step to knowing who we are... is knowing where we are and... WHEN we are.
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Connections

Featured in Clockwatching with Mr. Cleese (2001) See more »

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He Who Would Valiant Be
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Written by John Bunyan, modified by Percy Dearmer
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The Master at Work
22 April 2001 | by emguySee all my reviews

I recall a review in the Washington Post when this film was in theater release. It said something like, "If you want to see the master at work, go see this film." I thought that was very fitting. If you like John Cleese's brand of comedy, it's on good display here.

In its way, the movie is a simple comedy of errors. Murphy's Law dogs Cleese everywhere he goes. Yet despite the great John Cleese reactions to the never-ending stream of challenges, his character never loses sight of his goals or his integrity. I think that juxtaposition is part of what makes the movie work. Despite all the humiliations and frustrations, the character never forgets that he's doing it all for the sake of his students and his school.


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