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Ostomy Memories of Eight Flicks #1

 

There are some fine sleepers out there, and I don’t mean Rip van Winkle. A sleeper is a movie, often a low-budget one, that is artistically superior but which may not achieve top flight box office success. Typically they involve a theme on some deeply human issue or characteristic that lends the film a uniquely memorable quality. I have taken some liberties with this strict definition re the eight films I am going to list over the next eight days. You could say they represent my subjective feeling that they are films worth watching that I suspect may not be as widely known and appreciated as they ought to be. They are not in any particular order, and I invite your commentary if you've seen the film.  First up is:

“Clockwise” is a 1986 film starring John Cleese at his best, a character in many ways similar to his incomparable Basil Fawlty. Cleese plays Mr. Stimpson, a headmaster obsessively organized and punctual, who has been chosen to preside at a conference of headmasters. In his efforts to get there, he encounters one adverse circumstance after another, leading to a string of hilarious misadventures. The film returned less than half its budget at the box office, but it is hysterical watching Cleese struggling to hold it together as he faces one impediment after another to his getting to his destination on time.

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Hello Henry. 

For years I rarely ever watched many films, but I find John Cleese hard to resist. 'Clockwise' must have been released to British TV audiences for me to have watched it. I agreed that, if you have that sort of sense of humour, then it is well worth a look. 

Best wishes

Bill

 

Hi Henry, I have not seen Clockwise, but have always been a huge fan of John Cleese. My maternal grandmother was born in Torquay on the south coast of England. If you are a Fawlty Towers fan you will know that their fictional hotel was located in Torquay. I got to visit my grandmother's birthplace last year and was amazed at what a gorgeous seaside town it is. It's almost tropical looking with the beautiful torquoise ocean. The town depicted in Fawlty Towers always seemed so bleak and uninviting, I always wondered why anyone would want to stay there. Maybe if Basil Fawlty had lived in the real Torquay he would have been a nicer and more cheerful person, no maybe not.

Terry

 
delgrl525 wrote:

Hi Henry, I have not seen Clockwise, but have always been a huge fan of John Cleese. My maternal grandmother was born in Torquay on the south coast of England. If you are a Fawlty Towers fan you will know that their fictional hotel was located in Torquay. I got to visit my grandmother's birthplace last year and was amazed at what a gorgeous seaside town it is. It's almost tropical looking with the beautiful torquoise ocean. The town depicted in Fawlty Towers always seemed so bleak and uninviting, I always wondered why anyone would want to stay there. Maybe if Basil Fawlty had lived in the real Torquay he would have been a nicer and more cheerful person, no maybe not.

Terry

Basil Fawlty was one of a kind, one of the greatest comic characters ever created. 

 
HenryM wrote:

Basil Fawlty was one of a kind, one of the greatest comic characters ever created. 

He was indeed.

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