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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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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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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Comedy

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Trivia

English locales seen in this movie included Edgbaston, Grimsby, Kingston Upon Hull, Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Stourport, and West Bromwich. See more »

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The headrests in Gwenda's car disappear then reappear between shots as she is leaving the railway station. 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 Futurama: Overclockwise (2011) 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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Amiable fun.
24 March 2001 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

Clockwise is no classic comedy; make no mistake there. But it is a very watchable one, largely thanks to a fair plot and script often greatly elevated by the marvellous John Cleese. It never really loses as much steam as I thought it might, and contains a fine scene where Cleese attempts to deliver his speech - "Expatiate over weighty balls of matter!" Apart from that speech, nothing raised a huge guffaw; but much was gently amusing. Certainly worth watching, if lacking in real wit. There are just too many hapless onlookers' reactions shown to generate laughs, that is a mark of a less-than-inspired comedy, but Cleese gives a fine, Fawlty-esque performance, that will impress all. Rating:- *** 1/2 (out of *****)


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) 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

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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