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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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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The car driven cross-country trip to the Headmasters' Conference was a blue 1970 Morris 1100 MkII [ADO16]. It is basically the same car used in Fawlty Towers (1975), with a different paint job. Both cars are BMC 1100s, but the version in Fawlty Towers (1975) was a 'Countryman', a small estate wagon (station wagon). The car in Clockwise (1986) is a saloon (sedan). See more »

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When Brian Stimpson and Laura stop the Porsche the driver states that the car was new and had only "12 miles on the clock" After Laura steals the Porsche we see a close up of the tachometer the clock clearly reads that the car has 754 miles "on the clock". See more »

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