Monty Python's John Cleese makes this lighthearted farce work as a tightly wound, punctilious public school headmaster whose well-organized life unravels in a series of disasters on his journey to a conference. Cleese is a master of fussy, fastidious characters in exasperating situations, bottling up his frustration under good manners and sardonic comments until he finally blows, but he's also startlingly vulnerable as he systematically loses all sense of himself. Dressed in monk's robes and stranded on a lonely country road, he looks down at his naked wrist and sighs, "I've even lost the time." Michael Fryan (the playwright of Noises Off) doesn't really have much of a story behind the situations, but he provides plenty of complications, and Cleese holds the film together with his brittle manner, single-minded drive, and hilarious headmaster's condescending haughtiness. While it will seem slight to many, Cleese fans will love it. --Sean Axmaker
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Mr. Brian Stimpson ran his lifeand everyone else'sby the clock. Then one day at 2:09 and 43 seconds The clock decided to strike back. In this hilarious comedy hit written by Michael Frayn (Noises Off), John Cleese stars as the compulsively punctual headmaster of a British high school. But on the day Stimpson is to give a major speech at the posh teachers conference, he finds himself in a frantic cross-country chase filled with missed trains, confused cops, strange monks, odd old ladies and stolen clothes. Can Stimpson make up for precious lost time of is the entire world conspiring to make him late for the most important appointment of his life?
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The movie basically follows a day in the life of the time-obsessed Stimpson as he makes his way to a conference in Norwich, where he is to make a speech as the first ever grammar-school head to be made president of the headmasters association. Beginning with missing his train, we follow Stimpson in his ill-fated attempts to get to Norwich on time. Plenty of opportunity for mayhem and chaos along the way, as well as some laughs stemming from Cleese's irredeemably pedantic character. Nothing deep, but lots of fun.
This is, hands down, one of the best movies ever made, and I've been waiting years for it to come out on DVD! It's physically impossible not to incredibly enjoy Clockwise, especially if you're a Fawlty Towers fan. I remembered nearly every single scene in this film from when I saw it as a teenager over 15 years ago! It's that funny. You simply MUST see this movie! (And DVD is the best way to do it.) Enjoy!
If a Clesse fan well worth seeing.
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Was quite disappointed to discover that this DVD cannot play in my region.Published 4 months ago by Grace Ahrens
Actually zero stars as it is Wrong Region and won't play in North America. I was afraid of that but the cost was so low I took the chance. No joy.Published 5 months ago by maryclare lambden
Amazon is a super place to find a huge range of things---epsecially things like this video which was issued many years ago.Published 15 months ago by bratworst
John Cleese is at his best in this jolly picture. Wonderful scrip and actor's staff. Five Stars!Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Dr. Hugo Silva Machado
Very funny movie. John Cleese plays his bumbling character perfectly. The disc also includes an informative interview with Mr Cleese. Highly Recommended!Published on July 14 2002