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Clockwise [VHS]

John Cleese , Penelope Wilton , Christopher Morahan    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Cleese, Penelope Wilton, Sharaon Maiden, Alison Steadman, Stephen Moore
  • Directors: Christopher Morahan
  • Writers: Michael Frayn
  • Producers: Gregory Dark, Michael Codron, Nat Cohen, Verity Lambert
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 28 Aug 1995
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIJV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Clockwise is a light-hearted farce that works because John Cleese is so effective as the tightly wound, punctilious headmaster whose well-organised 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, Amazon.com

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John Cleese plays a school headmaster obsessed with punctuality whose best laid plans to attend a headmasters' conference go wrong when he boards the wrong train. He turns back to find alternative means of transport, hijacking one of his pupils who is taking the afternoon off school in her father's car. As the journey descends into further chaos, the head begins to lose his schoolmasterly poise.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only Cleese could have made this film 26 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The more I watch this film, usually once every couple of months, the more I am convinced that no other actor could have been the lead in this piece of beautifully crafted farce. John Cleese was outstanding from his first line to his last, dominating the whole film, even those scenes where he was not actually in vision, but everything that was happening was ABOUT him and his predicament. You just kept wondering what he would do to recover the situation, and what would happen next to delay that recovery. Every contributing support artist did exactly that.. and supported the Cleese character of Stimpson the Headmaster on his quest. Classic films combine certain elements, like DECREASING TIMESCALE, SEXUAL CONNECTION, and CHASE SCENES, and believe it or not , this film has the lot. Well put together and certainly one for the collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could watch it everyday 7 Jan 2008
This is the funniest film I have ever seen. As I have said, I could watch it everyday !
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Comedy 8 Jun 2008
Pitch perfect mid 1980's comedy, with Cleese keeping his manic side in check - just - as he tries to get to a conference.

One of the oddest things about watching the films now is how old it seems. We still tend to think of the 1980s as recent history, but when you watch this you realise how much has changed. The cars, the trains, the lack of traffic, no mobile phones. Who would have thought it - 1986 is suddenly starting to look like the good old days.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cleese's best movie! 9 Dec 2005
By A Customer
This may be a low-budget film, but it is in my view John Cleese's funniest and most underrated movie. It was not written for an American audience as his later movies were, so the humour is much the same as that of Faulty Towers.
I would go as far as saying that it is almost as funny as that classic series, and has you laughing out loud from start to finish! The dialog is fast and there are so many stories being told at the same time, and so many gags, so in succeeds in re-creating the same manic humour as Fawlty Towers.
You won't be dissappointed!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Cleese 24 April 2008
Top movie from the 80s.

Secondary school head John Cleese is off to give an important speech at the Headmasters conference. He is normally very, very punctual but things go wrong when he misses his train. He then proceeds to get lost in the middle of the English countryside, loses his clothes and almost his mind. But he keeps it going to the end and makes his speech.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cleese as his best !! 19 Mar 2011
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If you didn't catch this on Video, watch it now - it is absolutely hilarious - excellent performances from just about everyone. Brilliant. John Cleese is masterful as ever !!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cleese 11 Sep 2008
This film makes me laugh as much today as it did in 1986! It's good old light-hearted farce from beginning to end.

Mr. Stimpson (Cleese) is Head Teacher of a comprehensive school and a stickler for time-keeping. When he's invited to address the annual Head Teachers' Conference in Norwich, he times his journey to the millisecond - then everything that can go wrong goes wrong! He boards the wrong train, loses the transcript of his speech, and even ends up having a bath in a monastery! In many ways, Stimpson resembles the notoriously accident prone Basil Faulty of the 1970s.

It's just a fun movie from start to finish!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it gets funnier 20 July 2009
I've seen this excellent comedy many times and there are still jokes and funny details that I didn't notice before.I think if it had been made today they would have had a spin-off series; there are too many wonderful characters and you can't do justice to them all in 90 minutes. It's also funny to see the 1970's cars and fashions etc.
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We originally stumbled across the video of this film and played it to death. The videos and player are long gone but I missed seeing it so I ordered the DVD. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny film
I have seen it before, but it still makes me laugh, I do have quite a few DVDs and I like a mixture of fun, laughs, horror, puzzling, crime, thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend.
This is an old friend, which we only had on VHS tape, now a sadly weary format...

Reduced family to helpless belly-laughs for the afternoon !!
Published 2 months ago by Nik
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought it as a present for my wife.
She had seen it on TV and loved it. I saw it once years ago and thought the ending was embarrassingly awful to the point that I would never see it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. Berg
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john cleese brilliant actor whatever the storyline very good dvd worth buying very cheapgreat service as alway takes you back a few years with the older cars
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Me
Enjoy this film, when is John Cleese NOT hilariously funny ?? One to watch whenever I want a laugh. Brilliant
Published 3 months ago by J. A. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime.
Yes it is a farce but also with a good seasoning of subtle gags - especially aimed at the English establishment.

Underrated. One of the funniest.
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