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Writer:
Michael Frayn (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 October 1986 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If you've ever been late... you'll know what this film is all about!
Plot:
An uncompromising British school headmaster finds himself beset by one thing going wrong after another. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(12 articles)
John Cleese turned down Robin Williams role in The Birdcage
 (From Den of Geek. 9 December 2014, 11:01 PM, PST)

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 (From Den of Geek. 8 December 2014, 8:07 AM, PST)

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Minor Classic See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cleese ... Brian Stimpson
Penny Leatherbarrow ... Woman Teacher
Howard Lloyd-Lewis ... Ted
Jonathan Bowater ... Clint
Stephen Moore ... Mr. Jolly

Alison Steadman ... Gwenda Stimpson
Mark Bunting ... Studious Boy
Robert Wilkinson ... Streaker
John Bardon ... Ticket Collector
Mark Burdis ... Glen Scully

Nadia Sawalha ... 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
Chip Sweeney ... Paul Stimpson
Sharon Maiden ... Laura Wisely
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Trellis
Constance Chapman ... Mrs. Wheel
Ann Way ... Mrs. Way
Ann-Marie Gwatkin ... Petrol Station Cashier
Mohammed Ashiq ... Manager
Pat Keen ... Mrs. Wisely
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Mr. Wisely
Geoffrey Greenhill ... Policeman with Mrs Wheel
Richard Ridings ... Policeman at Crash
Geoffrey Davion ... Policeman at Crash
Charles Bartholomew ... Man in Telephone Box
Sheila Keith ... Pat's Mother

Penelope Wilton ... Pat
Christian Regan ... Pat's Son
Alan Parnaby ... Policeman at Telephone Box

Tony Haygarth ... Ivan with the Tractor
Michael Aldridge ... Prior
Ronald Sowton ... Monk
Alan Granton ... Monk
Susan Field ... Woman in Lane
Leslie Schofield ... Policeman Arresting Pat (as Leslie Scofield)
Mike Glynn ... Policeman with Black Eye

Benjamin Whitrow ... Headmaster

Geoffrey Palmer ... Headmaster
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Headmaster (as Nicholas le Prevost)
Peter Cellier ... Headmaster
David Conville ... Headmaster

Patrick Godfrey ... Headmaster
Rupert Massey ... Headmaster
John Rowe ... Headmaster
Philip Voss ... Headmaster
Jeffry Wickham ... Headmaster
Nick Stringer ... Det. Sgt. Rice
Graeme Green ... Detective Constable
Sidney Livingstone ... Porsche Driver
Michael Percival ... Man in Wood
Peter Jonfield ... Det. Insp. Laundryman
Brian Portsmouth ... Detective Constable
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graeme Ford ... Willy Black (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Morahan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Frayn  original screenplay

Produced by
Michael Codron .... producer
Nat Cohen .... executive producer
Gregory Dark .... associate producer
Verity Lambert .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
George Fenton 
 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boyle 
 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
 
Production Design by
Roger Murray-Leach 
 
Art Direction by
Diana Charnley 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
 
Makeup Department
Kezia De Winne .... chief makeup artist (as Kezia de Winne)
Michael Morris .... chief makeup artist
Stephen Rose .... chief hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Coddington .... third assistant director
Tony Hopkins .... first assistant director
Crispin Reece .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Brian P. Harris .... supervising props (as Brian Harris)
Les London .... supervising props
Bill McMinimee .... construction manager
Lucy Morahan .... art department runner
Michael G. Ploog .... storyboard artist (as Mike Ploog)
Brian Read .... production buyer
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Pat Gilbert .... assistant footsteps editor
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Munro .... sound recordist
Rocky Phelan .... footsteps editor
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recording mixer
David Sharpe .... assistant dubbing editor
Don Sharpe .... dubbing editor
John Stevenson .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Breeze .... focus puller
Douglas Dawson .... still photographer
Wick Finch .... gaffer
Gary Hutchings .... grip
Dickie Lee .... grip
George Parrish .... best boy
Gary Spratling .... clapper loader
Alan Taylor .... electrician
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hore .... wardrobe assistant
Keith Morton .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Keith Mason .... second assistant editor
Kant Pan .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Keith Grant .... music recording engineer
 
Other crew
Julie Baines .... production coordinator
John Bernard .... location manager
Vicky Burton .... production runner
Jeremy Child .... cutting room runner
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Graham Easton .... production executive
Cherry Fiddaman .... cashier (as Cherry Taylor)
Pauline Granby .... assistant accountant
Bob Mercer .... production associate
Catherine O'Brien .... publicist
Terry Pearce .... location manager
Krystyna Plater .... secretary to producers
Iona Price .... secretary to producers
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Debut feature film as a full producer for Michael Codron.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (2008) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
This Is My Lovely DaySee more »

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Minor Classic, 7 July 2003
Author: Angus Gulliver from Luton, England

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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