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:
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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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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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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

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Clockwise - Recht so, Mr. Stimpson  »

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$1,476,356 (USA)
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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 »

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(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 »

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Brian Stimpson: [repeated line; last lines] LEFT, no RIGHT, no LEFT...
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Referenced in Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (2008) See more »

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This Is My Lovely Day
by A.P. Herbert (as Herbert) & Vivian Ellis (as Ellis)
Sung by Ann Way (uncredited)
Chappell Music Ltd
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Underrated Comedy
26 November 1999 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A much underrated comedy detailing the collapse of a stern, disciplinarian headmaster during a chaotic journey to deliver a speech at a convention of snobbish educationists.

Cleese begins in a very restrained way and is watchable and funny as he gradually descends into anarchic despondency. The pathos as he finally delivers his speech, in an ill-fitting (stolen) tasteless outfit, surrounded by the detritus of his dreadful day, is genuinely moving as well as funny.

Best line, from Cleese, as yet another possible means of reaching his goal emerges: 'It's not the despair: I can cope with the despair. It's the HOPE

  • that's what's killing me.' Almost the perfect motto for Scotland


football supporters, you might say.

Probably alone in the world, I rate this movie superior to the overly foul-mouthed and Americanised Fish Called Wanda. A host of grizzled British character actors, including the magnificent Alison Steadman, keep things going.

I wonder what happened to the sherry glasses?


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