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Clockwise

  • Comedy
  • 1986
  • Christopher Morahan
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

A headmaster obsessed with punctuality catches the wrong train en route to a convention where he is due to make an important speech, a simple mistake that turns the entire journey into a frantic race against the clock. Comedy, starring John Cleese, Alison Steadman, Stephen Moore, Penelope Wilton and Joan Hickson.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

In this madcap comedy, John Cleese plays a headmaster with a mania for punctuality who has to travel to Norwich for a conference. Unfortunately, he boards the wrong train, resulting in an increasingly frenzied cross-country dash with a schoolgirl and a former girlfriend in tow. Cleese finds it difficult to be unfunny and he unravels here much like Basil Fawlty, from a simmering starting point to a climax of epic proportions. Perhaps because of Cleese's background in TV comedy, the picture is less a narrative than a series of sketches, plus some rather awkwardly placed propaganda about public and private education in that far-off land called Mrs Thatcher's Britain. Cleese refined his cinema technique two years later with A Fish Called Wanda and this film doesn't stand comparison, but it still makes for entertaining fare.

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Credits

Cast

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Brian StimpsonJohn Cleese
Gwenda StimpsonAlison Steadman
PatPenelope Wilton
Mr JollyStephen Moore
LauraSharon Maiden
Mrs WheelConstance Chapman
Mrs TrellisJoan Hickson
Mrs WayAnn Way
Mrs WiselyPat Keen
Mr WiselyGeoffrey Hutchings
IvanTony Haygarth
PriorMichael Aldridge

Crew

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DirectorChristopher Morahan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Thorn-EMI Screen Entertainment
Language
English
Guidance
Some swearing
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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