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Clockwise (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 10 October 1986 (USA)
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An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference.

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Michael Frayn (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Brian Stimpson
Penny Leatherbarrow Penny Leatherbarrow ... Woman Teacher
Howard Lloyd-Lewis Howard Lloyd-Lewis ... Ted
Jonathan Bowater Jonathan Bowater ... Clint
Stephen Moore ... Mr. Jolly
Alison Steadman ... Gwenda Stimpson
Mark Bunting Mark Bunting ... Studious Boy
Robert Wilkinson Robert Wilkinson ... Streaker
John Bardon ... Ticket Collector
Mark Burdis Mark Burdis ... Glen Scully
Nadia Sawalha ... Mandy Kostakis (as Nadia Carina)
Dickie Arnold ... Man at Station
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ... First Class Passenger (as Angus Mackay)
Peter Needham Peter Needham ... Porter
Peter Lorenzelli Peter Lorenzelli ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Brian Stimpson (John Cleese) 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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If you've ever been late... you'll know what this film is all about!

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Trivia

The name of the school was Thomas Tompion Comprehensive School. Tompion (1639-1713), a famous clockmaker, is regarded as the father of English clockmaking. He constructed some of the first spring-balanced watches, and some of the timepieces he made are still operational. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Brian Stimpson: [chasing the train] SPEECH! SPEECH!
Ticket Collector: [to a passenger nearby] Funny, innit, in the thirty years I've been in this job, nobody asked me to do a speech before!
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Connections

Referenced in That's Showbusiness: Holiday Special (1989) See more »

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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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"This...is a historic moment."
2 April 2002 | by tom_jones2See all my reviews

Having known my share of stuffed shirts, I was howling at the torture of John Cleese in this film. You know who all those stuffed shirts are, too: those who insist on a spotless, shiny, tidy room; who balance out their finances every day, it seems; who have carved a nice manageable life for themselves. What makes the comedy work, though, is that in spite of all the setbacks Cleese suffers, the movie doesn't take any sadistic delight in them. When the car, and Cleese, gets stuck in the mud, we all cringe at his predicament, and laugh along with him, since we'd probably be going through the same thing ourselves, but for the grace of God. No toilet humor, no toilet language. Just a madcap comedy of errors fit for all. Right!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clockwise - Recht so, Mr. Stimpson See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$156,066, 12 October 1986

Gross USA:

$1,476,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,476,356
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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