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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.

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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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

Rob: I just don't understand why he is doing this. Swimming The English Channel will NOT bring Stuart back.
Joan: [as she leaves the kitchen, she turns back to her son] It's not Stuart he wants back, Rob.
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For he is a jolly good fellow
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Great movie. Just saw it at Sundance.
23 January 2005 | by funklord21See all my reviews

I must say...."On A Clear Day" was one of the best movies I've seen in quite some time. Peter Mullan gave an awe-inspiring performance, while the supporting cast only helped more. It is a very touching story, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who has ever confronted a tough trial in their life. The script is so real, the characters easy to relate to, and a light comedic touch that keeps you laughing and crying.

I was fortunate enough to see "On A Clear Day" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday the 23rd of January. After the film, the director and several members of the cast came onto the stage for a little Q&A. I was delighted to discover how down to earth Peter Mullan (Braveheart's "We will run...and we'll live."), Billy Boyd (our beloved Hobbit, Pippin), Brenda Blethyn and Benedict Wong are. They were even nice enough to stay after, sign autographs and chat with the fans.

If you love heart-warming stories, relatable characters, and a good laugh, "On A Clear Day" will certainly come through.


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