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On a Clear Day (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 September 2005 (UK)
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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Gaby Dellal

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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anything Is Possible See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,303, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$191,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,017,257
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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 Danny is in the pub drinking a beer the amount of head on the beer changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Frank: There's not a man in this yard would piss on you if you were on fire.
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For he is a jolly good fellow
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Delightful movie thats both funny and inspiring
28 January 2005 | by sundevil27See all my reviews

I saw this on opening night of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and like everyone else who has commented so far this is a top notch movie especially in the sad bastard world of Independent film-making (not that there is anything wrong with that). The movie is about a hard working Scot metal worker named Frank who gets laid off of his job and struggles to find what to do next, he happens to be an avid swimmer and after some soul searching sets a goal on swimming the English channel. He and his crew which includes the very funny Billy Boyd (Pippin from LOTR)set out on training everyday to make the swim. The end ties up some emotional demons for Frank and is an uplifting finish to a very enjoyable movie. I believe had this been at the theater or TV I would have still enjoyed this movie even outside the confines of an Indie film festival that tends to make positive movies feel like the pot at the end of the rainbow. What a great cast, Peter Mullen is outstanding in the lead and equally is Brenda Blythen as his wife. I took to a liking of Benedict Wong who played the owner of a Chinese take out that turns into Franks head coach. Beware that the first 20 minutes of movie might seem a bit hard to follow due to some heavy ascents for us Americans but after you adjust a bit this movie will be worth the price of a ticket


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