Fish Called Wanda

Fish Called Wanda

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Director: Charles Crichton

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,See more details below

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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, 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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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:
02/11/1997
UPC:
0027616589538
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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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

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