6.6/10
10,372
57 user 21 critic

Clockwise (1986)

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

Writer:

Michael Frayn (original screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
3,096 ( 9,794)

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

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 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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

If you've ever been late... you'll know what this film is all about!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clockwise - Recht so, Mr. Stimpson See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,476,356
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the monastery scene, the red-haired monk holding the white horses is local farrier Ian Hatton who loaned his anvil for this scene. See more »

Goofs

The headrests in Gwenda's car disappear then reappear between shots as she is leaving the railway station. See more »

Quotes

Brian Stimpson: We don't need a track. It's grass.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

This Is My Lovely Day
by A.P. Herbert (as Herbert) & Vivian Ellis (as Ellis)
Sung by Ann Way (uncredited)
Chappell Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Underrated Comedy
26 November 1999 | by KirkieRobRoySee all my reviews

A much underrated comedy detailing the collapse of a stern, disciplinarian headmaster during a chaotic journey to deliver a speech at a convention of snobbish educationists.

Cleese begins in a very restrained way and is watchable and funny as he gradually descends into anarchic despondency. The pathos as he finally delivers his speech, in an ill-fitting (stolen) tasteless outfit, surrounded by the detritus of his dreadful day, is genuinely moving as well as funny.

Best line, from Cleese, as yet another possible means of reaching his goal emerges: 'It's not the despair: I can cope with the despair. It's the HOPE - that's what's killing me.' Almost the perfect motto for Scotland football supporters, you might say.

Probably alone in the world, I rate this movie superior to the overly foul-mouthed and Americanised Fish Called Wanda. A host of grizzled British character actors, including the magnificent Alison Steadman, keep things going.

I wonder what happened to the sherry glasses?


24 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed