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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 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)  »

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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The hymn, no. #122, heard at both the start and end of the movie bookending the picture was "He Would Valiant Be" (aka "To be a Pilgrim"). According to Wikipedia, the song "is the only hymn John Bunyan is credited with writing but is indelibly associated with him. It first appeared in Part 2 of Pilgrim's Progress, written in 1684. The hymn recalls the words of [the Bible's] Hebrews 11:13: '...and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth'." Some of its lyrics arguably reference the film's story as they mention "Disaster" (the movie's comic bad timing) and a (Head) "Master": "He who would valiant be 'gainst all disaster, Let him in constancy follow the Master". 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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Brian Stimpson: The first step to knowing who we are... is knowing where we are and... WHEN we are.
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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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Minor Classic
7 July 2003 | by (Luton, England) – See all my reviews

The most surprising things about this minor classic from the mid 80's are that it was director Christopher Morahan's first film since 1969, and Cleese's character is based on a real-life headmaster! John Cleese based the character on the head of his daughter's school, and I can tell you the real life head is just as delightfully nutty as Stimpson.

Time obsessed Mr Stimpton, head of an ordinary British state school finds himself chairman of the Headmasters Conference and has to get to Norwich to address their meeting. Everything goes wrong on the way, despite Stimpson's meticulous planning, and due to his obsessive nature he gets more and more frayed at the edges as things go wrong.

There are some great observations on human nature in a film which moves quick enough to keep you laughing but not so quick that you miss anything.

Not perhaps Cleese's very best work, but a minor classic nevertheless. Generally under-rated as most have already said. Chris Morahan went onto continue his film directors career with the excellent thriller "Paper Tiger" in 1990, among others.


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