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Clockwise -- John Cleese stars in this delightful British comedy as Brian Stimpson, the headmaster of a British high school whose obsession with punctuality is a source of humor for his students and joy for himself.


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Release Date:
10 October 1986 (USA) See more »
If you've ever been late... you'll know what this film is all about!
An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Penny McDonald .... costume assistant daily (as Penny Beard)
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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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Many promotional materials for the movie made for its theatrical release formed the letter "O" in the film's Clockwise (1986) title logo with an image of a clock-face.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (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 »
Brian Stimpson:It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand.See more »
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This Is My Lovely DaySee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
one of the best comedies ever, 29 September 1999
Author: radlov from Luxembourg

I think "Clockwise" has been underrated. This movie is certainly not less funny than the much more famous "Fish called Wanda". John Cleese plays an outstanding role as the extremely time conscious headmaster. Very good are also Alison Steadman, as the headmaster's wife, and Sharon Maiden as Laura, his travel companion.

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