A Fish Called Wanda

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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 ...
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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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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • UPC: 027616062543
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,374

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, 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
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fish Called Wanda: Feature Presentation
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio Set Up
         English 5.1
         English Mono
         French
         Spanish
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Commentary Featuring John Cleese: On
   Commentary Featuring John Cleese: Off
   Trivia Track: On
   Trivia Track: Off
Disc #2 -- Fish Called Wanda: Special Features
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes & Alternate Scenes
         Play All
         Introduction by John Cleese
         Court Victory
         Nice Shootin'
         Triple Cross
         Sick Joke
         Not a Clue
         Brief Encounter
         Nice Shootin' Part 2
         A Question of Trust
         Inquiries
         Traction
         Blood and Guts
         Rendezvous
         Truly Sorry
         Archie's Plan
         Truly Sorry: Part 2
         Third Time Lucky
         Blood and Guts: Part 2
         Good News
         See You Later, Duckie
         Pop Quiz
         Pop Quiz Part 2
         The Witness
         Spill the Beans
         Boarding Pass
         Wanda's Bag
         Alternate Ending
      Featurettes
         John Cleese's First Farewell Performance
         Farewell Featurette: John Cleese
         Kulture Vulture
      "Mug Shots" Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
         View All
         Key Stills
         Behind the Scenes
         Deleted Scenes
         The Stars
         Publicity Images
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
         The Pink Panther (2006)
         The Princess Bride
         Casino Royale
         Monty Python and the Holy Grail
   Documentary: Something Fishy
   A Message From John Cleese
   Previews
      The Pink Panther (2006)
      The Princess Bride
      Casino Royale
      Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Smart! Very Funny!

    Extermly smart educated style of funny, laugh out loud, humor. <BR/>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. <BR/>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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funniest comedy ever

    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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