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Clockwise (1986)




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Movie Info

A headmaster obsessed with the clock (John Cleese) is to be given an honor for his achievements, but he finds that just getting to the ceremony intact is going to tax most of his energy. The film is a British production.

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John Cleese
as Brian Stimpson
Alison Steadman
as Gwenda Stimpson
Penelope Wilton
as Pat Garden
Joan Hickson
as Mrs. Trellis
Mark Bunting
as Studious Boy
John Bardon
as Ticket Collector
Mark Burdis
as Glen Scully
Nadia Carina
as Mandy Kostakis
Dickie Arnold
as Man at Station
Angus MacKay
as Man on Train
Stephen Moore
as Mr. Jolly
Sharon Maiden
as Laura Wisely
Peter Lorenzelli
as Taxi Driver
Ann Way
as Mrs. Way
Ann-Marie Gwatkin
as Petrol-Station Cashier
Mohammed Ashiq
as Manager of Petrol Station
Pat Keen
as Mrs. Wisely
Geoffrey Greenhill
as Policeman with Mrs. Wheel
Richard Ridings
as Policeman at Crash
Geoffrey Davion
as Policeman at Crash
Charles Bartholomew
as Man in Telephone Box
Sheila Keith
as Mrs. Garden
Christian Regan
as Pat's Son
Alan Parnaby
as Policeman at Telephone Box
Tony Haygarth
as Ivan with the Tractor
Susan Field
as Woman at Low church Appearance
Leslie Scofied
as Policeman Arresting Pat
Michael Glynn
as Policeman with Black Eye
Peter Cellier
as Headmaster
David Conville
as Headmaster
Patrick Godfrey
as Headmaster
Leslie Schofield
as Policeman Arresting Pat
Rupert Massey
as Headmaster
John Rowe
as Headmaster
Philip Voss
as Headmaster
Jeffrey Wickham
as Headmaster
Nick Stringer
as Detective Sergeant Rice
Michael Percival
as Man in Wood
Peter Jonfield
as Detective Inspector Laundryman
Benjamin Whitrow
as Headmaster
Geoffrey Palmer
as Headmaster
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Critic Reviews for Clockwise

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The pleasures of "Clockwise" stem not simply from gags, but from the kind of strong story construction that's almost disappeared from comedy.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Should be funnier, but not bad.

December 11, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Overlooked Cleese comedy.

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Clockwise


When a perfectionist and always punctual headmaster gets on the wrong train, his well-organized world is falling to pieces and a trail of chaos ensues. Of course John Cleese is the perfect choice for the British gentleman who is set in his ways and stumbles into a series of misunderstandings and inconveniences. He is easily selling this film even through his slower parts, but the script makes sure to add one wonderfully uncomfortable situation behind the other and makes for a very British, very entertaining experience, even if the film feels a bit dated. One cell phone call would solve the whole problem nowadays. Still, in a way it is sad that there are no such comedies anymore.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A scrupulously punctual headmaster in an English comprehensive school sets off for the Headmaster's Conference to deliver a keynote speech. One little slip sees him boarding the wrong train, which leads to a chain of consequences conspiring to keep him from his goal. This is one of the finest farces I've ever seen brought to the screen, written naturally enough by theatre farce-meister Michael Frayn. The frenetic energy of John Cleese in his prime really lifts this above the norm, as he hitches a ride with a student, bumps into and kidnaps an ex-girlfriend and winds up naked in a monastery. The climactic scenes at the HMC amount to perhaps the finest pay-off seen in farce. This is, indeed, a historic moment.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

A great forgotten comedy, makes me sweat and nervous everytime I watch it haha I just keep wanting him to succeed aarrrggghhhh there are some dull moments but also some truely inspired Cleese moments worthy of 'Fawlty Towers'. Evading the police, the final speech, in the fields, the old ladies etc, when I was a kid this was christmas TV gold LOL!! 'stimpsons supporters club?'

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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