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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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clockwise - Recht so, Mr. Stimpson  »

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$1,476,356 (USA)

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Urban scenes were shot in the West Midlands and Humberside. Rural scenes were shot in Shropshire. See more »


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


[repeated line]
Mrs. Way: Isn't that lovely!
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Referenced in Futurama: Overclockwise (2011) See more »


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16 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A scrupulously punctual headmaster in an English comprehensive school sets off for the Headmaster's Conference to deliver a keynote speech. One little slip sees him boarding the wrong train, which leads to a chain of consequences conspiring to keep him from his goal. This is one of the finest farces I've ever seen brought to the screen, written naturally enough by theatre farce-meister Michael Frayn. The frenetic energy of John Cleese in his prime really lifts this above the norm, as he hitches a ride with a student, bumps into and kidnaps an ex-girlfriend and winds up naked in a monastery. The climactic scenes at the HMC amount to perhaps the finest pay-off seen in farce. This is, indeed, a historic moment.

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