Synopsis: Brian Stimpson is the headmaster of a comprehensive (high) school in England. He sets himself, his staff and pupils very high standards. On the way to a conference at which he is to talk, all manner of disasters strike.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Christopher Morahan
Production: Zubara Films
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

I'm going to tell them how we all decided

that we wanted a well-run,

orderly school...

a school where we all knew what we were

supposed to be doing, Jimmy Picken,

a school where we all knew which room

we were supposed to be doing it in.

I'm not looking at you, Wendy Pilbrow,

or you, Gary Bottoms.

...and what we were supposed to be doing

it with, Debbie Jones.

And above all,

Clint Ailing and Dean Schreiber,

please note...

when we were supposed to be

doing it!


Hymn 122:

"He Who Would Valiant Be".

You're here again, Gayle?

What are you here for, Shaun?

Don't know. What are you here for?

Oh, I'm... I'm merely...

I'm just...

Hello, Mrs Stimpson.

Surprised to find you lined up

with the...

What have you been...?


Did you over-cook the...?

Or were you late getting

him his...?

Go on, hit 'im in the face!

If you think 9:
20 outside

my study means

be back here at 9:20 every day

until you learn to tell the time!

I told you 9:
50; the train's

not till 10:

What do you want?

Please sir, it's about

starting Greek, sir.

to the railway station.

What's 9:

Executions, sir.

Executions. Mr Jolly?

I used to be like you.

Always late.

Oh yes, forever in the wrong place

at the wrong time.

I know what you mean, but I just

thought I ought to...

I thought I ought to

One or two things...

One or two problems...

One or two personal...

I was like some miserable child

wandering round the school,

with his calculator in one hand

and his gym shoes in the other,

and not the slightest idea

where he's supposed to be.

G3, Leroy!

I know the feeling.

We all go through it, John.

We all get lost.

I'm afraid I've got into...

Bed, John.

Oh no, no, no. Nothing like that!


Try getting out of it earlier

in the morning.

But the thing is this...

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Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn, FRSL (; born 8 September 1933) is an English playwright and novelist. He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. His novels, such as Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong and Spies, have also been critical and commercial successes, making him one of the handful of writers in the English language to succeed in both drama and prose fiction. He has also written philosophical works, such as The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of the Universe (2006). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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