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On a Clear Day (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  2 September 2005 (UK)
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Frank determines to salvage his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - swimming the English Channel.



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After decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder, Frank Redmond, a no-nonsense 55-year-old working-class man, suddenly finds himself laid off. For the first time in his life, he is without a job or a sense of direction, and he's too proud to ask for guidance. His best mates - rascally Danny, timid Norman and cynical Eddie - are there for him, but Frank still feels desperately alone. An offhand remark from Danny inspires Frank to challenge himself. Already contemplating the state of his relationships with loving wife Joan and all-but-estranged son Rob, Frank is determined to shore up his own self-confidence. He will attempt the near impossible - swimming the English Channel. As Frank plunges headlong into his new daily life, his astonished friends are swept along with him. Prodded by stalwart fish-and-chips shop owner Chan, the men support Frank, train him - and keep their goal secret from his wife and son. Frank is unable to confide in those closest to him, but as the big day and ... Written by Focus Features

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All or nothing. Now or never. Sink or swim. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

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An einem klaren Tag  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,303 (USA) (7 April 2006)


$358,948 (New Zealand) (7 July 2006)

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Danny Campbell: You know, I can have a go at the channel, too.
Frank: Think you're up to it?
[Holds up his arms to show his muscles]
Danny Campbell: Definitely!
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Fantastic Hobbit sightings....great night all around
23 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I also had the opportunity to see "On a Clear Day" at the world premiere on Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really hope that this film gets picked up because its main themes would probably be well received by mass audiences.

There was humor, family conflict, drama, and some great Scottish dialogue (some of which I do need to hear again in order to get ALL of the jokes.) It was just a great experience to be able to watch the film on location with all of the people who worked so hard to make it happen.

On a side note, my friends and I were able to meet Elijah Wood(even though he was not in the movie, he came to support Billy) and Billy afterwards. Being a hard-core Lord of the Rings fan, the experience was great. Please go and see it if you can!!

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