Featuring a tour-de-force performance from John Cleese in full Basil Fawlty mode, audiences have the opportunity to experience this lesson in the art of comic timing in high-definition for the very first time. For this new 2019 restoration of the madcap comedy classic, StudioCanal has returned to the original colour negative. The scanning, restoration and grading of the negative was performed in 4K.
With a razor-sharp screenplay by acclaimed author and playwright Michael Frayn (Noises Off, Copenhagen) and great supporting turns from Alison Steadman, Penelope Wilton and Joan Hickson, Clockwise is the film that inspired Cleese to make A Fish Called Wanda and remains a much treasured British comedy classic to this day.
Cleese plays Mr Stimpson, a clock watching headmaster obsessed with timekeeping. When he boards the wrong train on his way to a headmasters' conference, however, his obsessive punctuality is put to the test. Turning back to find alternative means of transport, he hijacks 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 quickly begins to lose his schoolmasterly poise...
First released: Monday 18th November 2019
New Interview with Michael Frayn
Clock watching with Mr. Cleese
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