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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1.66 : 1
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English locales seen in the film included Edgbaston, Grimsby, Kingston Upon Hull, Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Stourport and West Bromwich. See more »


(at around 1h 23 mins) By the end of the movie when Stimpson is delivering his speech and the left arm coat sleeve falls down we can see clearly that is John Cleese himself that pulls something with his right hand making the sleeve fall. 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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To enjoy many times
12 April 2001 | by (Alkmaar, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A very funny film, in my opinion the best Cleese available. Cleese himself always ignores this film when talking about his cinema-work and the title is never mentioned when Cleese's films are named by the critics. It seems, for some vague reason, that there is nothing between Monty Python and 'A Fish called Wanda'. Rubbish, see this one. I also liked 'Fish' the first time around but got bored very soon by repeats. Not this one. Like 'Mr Hulot's Holiday' and 'Gregory's Girl' and film to watch many times. Script scores high in the family's 'citation index'. Nine-twenty Linda...

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