Clockwise (1986)

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


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


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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Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clockwise - Recht so, Mr. Stimpson  »

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$1,476,356 (USA)

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Stimpson's local hospital (from where Gwenda collects the old ladies) is called St. Christopher's. Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers and motorists. See more »


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


[Mr. Stimpston is looking for a tractor]
Ivan with the Tractor: Hey, guess what I'm sitting on!
Brian Stimpson: A bomb, I hope!
[walks away]
Ivan with the Tractor: Alright then. You go that way and I'll go this way, and I'll bet you this jam tart... that I'll find a tractor first.
[drives away on tractor]
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This Is My Lovely Day
by A.P. Herbert (as Herbert) & Vivian Ellis (as Ellis)
Sung by Ann Way (uncredited)
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See this Ealing comedy for the '80s if you ever get the chance
1 December 1999 | by (Kyoto, Japan) – See all my reviews

The secret of this comedy is its pacing. It shows the events of one working day in the lives of a range of people from schoolchildren to pensioners, whose course is hilariously skewed for them all by the obsession of the film's central character. It uses a traditional "obsessive tunnel vision" strategy of comedy - a character's failure to see the chaos he is causing in the lives of those who are unlucky enough to lie in the path between him and his goal.

Alison Steadman plays the sassy schoolgirl who does everything she can to help her headteacher achieve this obsession, tearing him between his drive for the peak of respectability orthodoxy and her less than respectable means to achieve this goal. The comic tension between the unlikely pair seems a hilarious pastiche of the sexual tension in most hero + heroine situations.

Americans may not immediately recognise the small-town England setting, which gives it a tone of Ealing comedy, but the film should greatly amuse viewers from any background.

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