Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

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Director: Charles Crichton, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

Cast: Charles Crichton, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

     
 

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In A Fish Called Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis plays an ambitious con artist who uses every ounce of her sexual wiles to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her gangster lover Tom Georgeson. First, she romances Georgeson's dimwitted but deadly henchman Kevin Kline (who won an Academy Award for his performance). Then, to clear the path for her getaway with Kline,

Overview

In A Fish Called Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis plays an ambitious con artist who uses every ounce of her sexual wiles to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her gangster lover Tom Georgeson. First, she romances Georgeson's dimwitted but deadly henchman Kevin Kline (who won an Academy Award for his performance). Then, to clear the path for her getaway with Kline, Jamie woos Georgeson's starched-shirt attorney, John Cleese -- and it's Cleese whom she genuinely falls in love with. Michael Palin, Cleese's former Monty Python cohort, plays a stuttering mob flunkey who continually messes up his one big assignment: killing a little old lady (it isn't that he has any qualms about knocking off the old dear; it's just that her pet dogs keep getting in the way). A Fish Called Wanda was scripted by star John Cleese.

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All Movie Guide
One of the best black comedies of the 1980s, A Fish Called Wanda revels in poking fun at stereotypes: neither British nor Americans are ever completely off the hook. Representing the Yanks, Jamie Lee Curtis finally received a role worthy of her ample comic sensibilities, and Kevin Kline's antagonistic wackiness secured him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. For the Brits, scene-stealer Michael Palin and lead/co-scripter John Cleese display a wit and spontaneity not seen since their Monty Python years. Co-writer/director Charles Crichton had previously proven his skills with the classic 1951 crime farce The Lavender Hill Mob, and Wanda is every bit the classic that film was. Lampooning as many sacred cows as it does, Wanda is bound to put off some viewers; but it's hard to take too much offense at a film where all the characters eventually get theirs.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
UPC:
0027616062543
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
2,309

Special Features

Audio commentary with actor/writer John Cleese; Over 25 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes; Something Fishy documentary; Kulture Vulture featurette; John Cleese's first farewell performance; A message from John Cleese; Trivia Track; Mug shots: a photo gallery; And more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cleese Archie Leach
Jamie Lee Curtis Wanda Gerschwitz
Kevin Kline Otto West
Michael Palin Ken
Tom Georgeson George
Maria Aitken Wendy Leach
Patricia Hayes Mrs. Coady
Ken Campbell Bartlett
Cynthia Caylor Portia
Jeremy Child Mr. Johnson
Patrick Newman Defense Counsel
Geoffrey Palmer Judge
Mark Elwes Shop Customer
Neville Phillips Shop Manager
Peter Jonfield Inspector Marvin
Al Ashton Warder
Roger Hume Locksmith
Roger Brierley Davidson
Llewellyn Rees Sir Jake
Michael Percival Percival
Kate Lansbury Magistrate
Robert Cavendish Copper
Andrew Maclachlan Eebedee
Roland MacLeod Vicar
Pamela Miles Mrs. Johnson
Tom Piggot-Smith Johnson Child, 13
Katherine John Johnson Child, 10
Sophie Johnstone Johnson Child
Kim Barclay Nanny
Sharon Twomey Defense Counsel
David Simeon Court Clerk
Imogen Bickford-Smith Stenographer
Tia Lee Junior Barrister, Prosecution Counsel
Robert Putt Police Officer
Waydon Croft Prison Officer
John Dixon Prison Officer
Anthony Pedley Irate Driver
Robert McBain Hotel Clerk
Clare McIntyre Airline Employee
Charu Bala Chokshi Indian Cleaner
Stephen Fry Hutchison

Technical Credits
Charles Crichton Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Steve Abbott Executive Producer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
John Cleese Original Story,Screenwriter
John Comfort Associate Producer
John Du Prez Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
George Gibbs Special Effects
Romo Gorrara Stunts
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Priscilla John Casting
John Jympson Editor
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Hazel Pethig Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Rich Producer
Michael Shamberg Producer
John Wood Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fish Called Wanda: Feature Presentation
1. Start [2:38]
2. Wanda's Brother [2:31]
3. Solid Plan, No Talking [2:13]
4. Robbing the English [3:11]
5. Double Double Cross [4:48]
6. George in Jail [2:37]
7. "Archie Leash...Leach!" [2:52]
8. Otto-Erotica/The Key [7:29]
9. Old Archie's Ethics [5:22]
10. Coupling Rituals [3:42]
11. Pre-Trial Motions & Emotions [4:00]
12. Jealousy Is for the Weak [2:04]
13. "Do You Despise Me?" [4:10]
14. Harvey Manfrentenson [5:04]
15. First Doggie Death [3:48]
16. Trust, Sex and Archibald [3:35]
17. The Vulgarian Way [2:46]
18. Second Doggie Death [3:04]
19. A Striking Apology [4:44]
20. Russian Is for Lovers [5:31]
21. Otto's Final Apology [1:49]
22. Third Doggie Death [2:48]
23. A Meal Called Wanda [5:46]
24. Court in Chaos [3:42]
25. Reasons for Love [3:38]
26. "The Ca...The Ca..." [2:29]
27. Heathrow Hustle [2:21]
28. The End of Stuttering [8:55]

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A Fish Called Wanda 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful comedy. John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin,Tom Georgeson, and Patricia Hayes make up a spectacular cast. They keep the audience laughing every step of the way. The plot involves a diamond robbery. Jamie's character, Wanda, had conspired to keep the jewels completely for herself. She was sleeping with both the man who planned the robbery - George, and weapons expert needed for it - Otto. She had Otto turn George into the police, then planned to Leave Otto with nothing. To her shock they found George had moved the diamonds without telling anyone. Michael Palin's character, Ken, was George's right hand man. He loved animal animals to the point of fanaticism. He was tasked with eliminating the main witness for the trial. In the process he kept mistakenly killing her dogs, one by one. Though he hadn't any problem killing an old lady, he was heart broken over every dog that died. Hilariously when the last died, the old lady dropped dead from a heart attack. Cleese played George's lawyer, Archie. Wanda proceeded to seduce him to get more information, but they genuinely fall for each other in the process. Otto was violently jealous of them. His jealousy resulted in several hilarious attacks on Archie, both before and after Otto located the diamonds. The end has Archie and Wanda eloping to South America, with the Diamonds.
Mtndad More than 1 year ago
Extermly smart educated style of funny, laugh out loud, humor.
Very well done and the interlectual wit surpasses your common "funny comedy" It is not your Eddie Murphy funny at all. If you like that kind of funny you wont like this movie, because you won't get it.
It got funnier each time I watched it, because you miss so much, the first time, due to the fact that you were laughing at something else prior, to the following punch line. Just rent it you'll be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite films of all time-- non-stop laughs in a very low key. Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline were both wonderful, but the others were perfect as well.
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