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Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
|Directed by||Christopher Morahan|
|Produced by||Michael Codron|
|Written by||Michael Frayn|
|Music by||George Fenton|
|Editing by||Peter Boyle|
|Studio||Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release dates||March 1986|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Clockwise is a 1986 British comedy film starring John Cleese, directed by Christopher Morahan, written by Michael Frayn and produced by Michael Codron. It was co-produced by Moment Films and Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, with music composed by George Fenton.
For his performance Cleese won the 1987 Peter Sellers Award For Comedy at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Most urban scenes were shot in the West Midlands and Yorkshire/Lincolnshire while rural scenes were largely shot in Shropshire.
Brian Stimpson (Cleese), headmaster of Thomas Tompion Comprehensive School, has been elected to chair the annual Headmasters' Conference. Habitually disorganised as a young man, Stimpson is now fastidiously organized and punctual, and his school runs "like clockwork". He is the first headmaster of a comprehensive school to chair a Headmaster's Conference, that honour usually being reserved for heads of the more prestigious private schools.
Despite meticulous rehearsal of his speech and preparations for the journey, his ordered world unwinds as a series of misfortunes befalls him en route, in a manner reminiscent of Greek tragedy. Early signs of trouble include his boarding the wrong train and losing the text of the remarks.
- John Cleese - Brian Stimpson
- Penelope Wilton - Pat
- Alison Steadman - Gwenda Stimpson
- Stephen Moore - Mr. Jolly
- Sharon Maiden - Laura Wisely
- Tony Haygarth - Farmer with a Tractor
- Clockwise Locations' at Gloucestershire On Screen
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