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Clockwise (1986)

 -  Comedy  -  10 October 1986 (USA)
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An uncompromising British school headmaster finds himself beset by one thing going wrong after another.

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Cast

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

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Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clockwise - Recht so, Mr. Stimpson  »

Box Office

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$1,476,356 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the film was shot in the West Midlands and Humberside. These made up the urban scenes. The rural scenes were shot in Shropshire. 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: [ringing bell at the monastery] Oh come on please! Turn the bloody record player down for God's sake!
Brian Stimpson: [the window opens] Now, hello, would you have a tractor would you?
Monk: One moment.
[opens door]
Brian Stimpson: Now, er...
[looks around the place]
Brian Stimpson: Ooh dear, a monastery. I might have guessed!
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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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Impeccably executed British Comedy classic. Timeless.
3 April 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

There are a great many films which are painful in their bland mainstreaminess.

And a very few which manage to pull it off, and remain funny to virtually everyone, over a period of several years.

This John Cleese vehicle from the mid 1980s manages to fit into the latter category - it is simply such a very well crafted traditional comedy, that it is impossible not to be touched.

Here we see Cleese very much in Basil Fawlty mode, as an aspiring head-teacher for whom things just don't run smooth when it really matters.

The other classic elements of British Farce are there - major misunderstandings, people getting undresses, well-intentioned old ladies who say the wrong things at the wrong times, and of course Geoffrey Palmer as a straight man.

And just a touch of poignant surrealism in the way the final minute leading into the credits is played out, to offset the traditional production values.

It's straightforward, and unchallenging, and probably the best film about lateness ever made. High praise indeed, for something so mainstream.


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