On a Clear Day

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A middle-aged man gives himself the challenge of a lifetime in this comedy drama from the U.K. Frank Peter Mullan has spent most of his 55 years working the same job in the shipyards of Glasgow until he's fired after business tapers off and technology makes his position unnecessary. While Frank tries to put on a brave face, he has no idea of what to do next or what sort of work he should find. Frank's embarrassment gets much worse when he applies for unemployment benefits, only to discover his sister-in-law ...
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Overview

A middle-aged man gives himself the challenge of a lifetime in this comedy drama from the U.K. Frank Peter Mullan has spent most of his 55 years working the same job in the shipyards of Glasgow until he's fired after business tapers off and technology makes his position unnecessary. While Frank tries to put on a brave face, he has no idea of what to do next or what sort of work he should find. Frank's embarrassment gets much worse when he applies for unemployment benefits, only to discover his sister-in-law Angela Jodhi May is working behind the corner. As Frank's anxiety grows worse, he begins having panic attacks, leading to sympathy from his wife, Joan Brenda Blethyn, and son, Rob Jamie Sives, which only makes him feel more humiliated. One of Frank's few respites from his troubles are his regular visits to a nearby community swimming pool, where he does laps with his pals Eddie Sean McGinley, Norman Ron Cook, and Danny Billy Boyd. One day, one of them jokes about the possibility of swimming the English Channel, which is only 21 miles across at its narrowest point near Dover. However, Frank doesn't think the idea is so silly, and begins training to make the journey; while at first his family and friends think he's gone mad, his plans give him a drive and a sense of purpose he hasn't had since losing his job.
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Editorial Reviews

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On a clear day, it would be easy to recognize this swimming-the-English-Channel movie as just the latest high-concept descendant of The Full Monty, in which whimsical Brits gear themselves toward unlikely goals. But with the gruffly depressive Peter Mullan setting the tone as the prospective swimmer, the film's identity becomes hazier, more closely resembling an original creation than it might otherwise. On a Clear Day is a warm enough little diversion despite not really covering any new territory, other than the endeavor itself, which hasn't had many trips under the cinematic microscope and doesn't get much of an in-depth probing here, either. Despite the fact that his character is supposed to be in his fifties, Mullan sure looks fierce enough and fit enough to complete the 21-mile crossing. The demons he wrestles with -- both the drowning of his son and his layoff from a lifelong career -- fit in well with an emotionally strained family structure, which also features Brenda Blethyn as his stoical wife. Where On a Clear Day seems to betray itself is where it tries to be more, rather than less, like The Full Monty. For example, Billy Boyd's supporting character exists entirely for the purpose of shoehorning in comic relief. If he isn't talking a big game or running a motorboat aground, he's flailing around in the water from having swum too soon after eating. While the mere presence of the former hobbit is welcome on its own terms, he doesn't exactly work with the rest of the movie. Still, most of what director Gaby Dellal and screenwriter Alex Rose put onscreen does work, which makes On a Clear Day easy enough to behold.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • UPC: 025192885228
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Focus Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,047

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Mullan Frank
Brenda Blethyn Joan
Bob Hoskins
Sean McGinley Eddie
Jamie Sives Rob
Billy Boyd Danny
Ron Cook Norman
Jodhi May Angela
Benedict Wong Chan
Anne Marie Timoney Michelle
Shaun Dingwall Observer
Tony Roper Merv The Perv
Paul Ritter Mad Bob
Technical Credits
Gaby Dellal Director
Bill Allan Executive Producer
Dorothy Berwin Producer
Peter Brill Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Martha Coleman Co-producer
Lenny Crooks Executive Producer
Sarah Curtis Producer
Caroline Grebbell Art Director
Martin Harrison Asst. Director
Emma Hayter Executive Producer
David Johnson Cinematographer
Mark Leese Production Designer
Alex Rose Screenwriter
Robin Sales Editor
Gail Stevens Casting
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- On a Clear Day
1. Out of Work [5:27]
2. Looking for a Job [4:31]
3. Running Scared [5:13]
4. A New Challenge [5:36]
5. Loyalty [4:41]
6. In Training [5:01]
7. Not So Easy [4:17]
8. Moral Support [6:03]
9. Beached [4:21]
10. Troubled Waters [5:32]
11. Mad Bob [4:05]
12. Lies [4:51]
13. Who's to Blame? [6:06]
14. Never Give Up [5:10]
15. Happy Days [5:03]
16. Good Luck [3:52]
17. The Journey Begins [4:40]
18. Against the Tide [5:06]
19. On Firm Ground [5:07]
20. End Titles [3:44]
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Disc #1 -- On a Clear Day
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      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
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