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On a Clear Day (2005)

Frank determines to salvage his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - swimming the English Channel.

Director:

Gaby Dellal

Writer:

Alex Rose

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Mullan ... Frank
Brenda Blethyn ... Joan
Sean McGinley ... Eddie
Jamie Sives ... Rob
Billy Boyd ... Danny
Ron Cook ... Norman
Jodhi May ... Angela
Benedict Wong ... Chan
Anne Marie Timoney Anne Marie Timoney ... Michelle (as Anne-Marie Timoney)
Shaun Dingwall ... Observer
Tony Roper Tony Roper ... Merv the Perv
Paul Ritter ... Mad Bob
Andrew MacLennan Andrew MacLennan ... Andrew
James MacLennan James MacLennan ... James
Irene Ann Burt Irene Ann Burt ... Vera
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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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This Spring, dive head first into life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

An einem klaren Tag See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,303, 9 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,912, 14 May 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The toy that Rob takes away from his son at school is Thunderbird 2, based on the television series Thunderbirds (1965). Ron Cook played Parker in the theatrical remake Thunderbirds (2004). See more »

Goofs

When Rob is in the café, the words on the front glass window are facing inside - not outside, towards the street. See more »

Quotes

Frank: I knew a guy once. He could fart in German.
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For he is a jolly good fellow
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Great movie, highly recommend
22 January 2005 | by russkiboy300See all my reviews

I just saw this movie a few hours ago. I'm a university student in Utah and went up to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. My friends and I thought that On a Clear Day sounded good so we stood in line and got in. It was a great movie. Peter Mullan captures his character (Frank) perfectly. He leaves you cheering for the underdog and hoping for the impossible. Billy Boyd is, as usual, hilarious and very believable in his role as Frank's friend and former co-worker. Gabby Dellal's direction was very impressive. Her use of angles gave the audience a clear perception and her use of time and flashbacks was also brilliantly used. Overall, the film was well worth the ten bucks, hour drive and long line. Plus, it's Sundance, how can you go wrong? I hope it does well at the Festival and also hope that many more people will have the opportunity to see it.


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