Clockwise - Right, Mr. Stimpson

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German title Clockwise - Right, Mr. Stimpson / Clockwise - At the last second
Original title Clockwise
Country of production Great Britain
original language English
Publishing year 1986
length 98 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Christopher Morahan
script Michael Frayn
production Michael Codron
music George Fenton
camera John Coquillon
cut Peter Boyle

Clockwise - Right, Mr. Stimpson or Clockwise - The Last Second is a British comedy film from 1986 , in which a simple train ride by an overly correct school principal turns into a complete disaster due to several mishaps.


Brian Stimpson, director of a state comprehensive school in England, values ​​compliance with the rules, especially punctuality. Schools literally run like clockwork, and every little indiscipline is punished in special penalties.

On the day of the action, Stimpson sets out to Norwich for a historic event that means a lot to him personally: He is the first state school principal ever to chair the Headmasters Conference , which is mainly made up of heads of elite private schools .

When his train does not start on time, he realizes that he is on the wrong train while the right one drives away. When he tries to intercept his wife, who has the car, in front of the train station, he leaves the script of his inaugural address on the train. He barely misses his wife several times, who is planning a trip with three old women from the hospital on the day off (as spouses are not common in the conference), and so he has no vehicle.

He stops a Morris 1100 , which his high school graduate Laura drives through truancy, without her parents' knowledge and without a driver's license, and persuades her to drive him to Norwich. Numerous absurd situations arise on the journey, as Stimpson is constantly giving instructions that can be misunderstood and his choleric nature gets in his way if he has difficulties . Laura, who soon finds pleasure in the journey, often has saving ideas. Finally, the police are after them, among other things because Laura was reported as kidnapped and the Morris stolen, as well as Stimpson's wife, who happened to see the two and thinks they are having an affair.

When the Morris is finally stuck in the mud of a cattle pasture because of Stimpson's direction and Stimpson asks for a tractor and takes a bath in the neighboring farm, which turns out to be a monastery, his ex- fellow student Pat, on the way against her will, hires out a driver. away with the demolished Morris. Laura manages to stop a Porsche and, with her youthful charm, bounce the driver around the car - and his suit, because Stimpson is wearing a makeshift monk's robe.

At the last second, but on time for the scheduled start of his lecture, Stimpson appears at the conference in a torn suit that does not fit him. Since he lacks the script for his speech, he has to improvise and falls back into his habits: He compresses the assembled directors like rebellious pupils and considers his pursuers, who gradually arrive, to be undisciplined late comers.

In the end, Stimpson is arrested by the police, but causes confusion again while driving in the police car.


A running gag of the film in the original English version is Stimpson's constant saying “Right!”, Which as an interjection simply draws a line under an exchange of ideas, such as “So then!” Or “All clear!” In German. It literally means right as well as right and is permanently misunderstood in the film to indicate direction. That's why Stimpson gets on the wrong train, his driver makes the wrong turn and so on.

Since there is no exact equivalent in the German language, Stimpson constantly uses the phrase “right so!” In the synchronization , which is misunderstood by others as “right”.


The lexicon of international films wrote that the film was "a grotesque thing about a punctuality fanatic who is robbed of his imposed philosophy of life and exposed to ridicule". He offers "enjoyable entertainment with an abundance of bizarre secondary characters and plot that keeps the interest in the somewhat thin story".


John Cleese won the Evening Standard British Film Award ( Peter Sellers Award for Comedy ) in 1987 for his performance .

useful information

Stimpson's school was named after Thomas Tompion , a famous watchmaker.

Stimpson's journey is framed by the chorale He who would valiant be : Before he leaves, he lets his students sing it, and after his appearance at the "Headmasters Conference" the assembled school principals sing it. The text goes back to John Bunyan ( The Pilgrim's Progress 1684; current version by Percy Dearmer 1906); he describes the pilgrim's valiant struggle against all odds:

He who would valiant be 'gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy follow the Master.
There's no discouragement shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.
Who so beset him round with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound — his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,
He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Clockwise - right so, Mr. Stimpson in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed September 24, 2007