Fierce Creatures

Fierce Creatures

Director: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis

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Overview

The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal." When London's Marwood Zoo is purchased by Octopus, Inc., the multi-national holding company run by New Zealand publishing tycoon Rod McCain (Kevin Kline), the staff is given a firm order: if the zoo is not turning at least a 20% profit soon, it will be shut down. Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis), who was recently hired by McCain to oversee another firm that bit the dust, is assigned to keep a watchful eye over zoo director Rollo Lee (Cleese), who gets the idea that since people seem to enjoy aggressive, violent entertainment at the movies, the zoo should round up and execute all the cute, benign animals and replace them with more vicious specimens to boost attendance. Needless to say, talkative zookeeper Adrian "Bugsy" Malone (Michael Palin) is appalled at this suggestion and attempts to disguise the more timid beasts with fake fangs and daubings of artificial blood. Meanwhile, Rod and his son Vince (also played by Kevin Kline) want the animal displays to be more spectacular, and they hope to boost income by introducing corporate sponsorship with logos pasted on the cages, the staff uniforms, and even the animals themselves. An already complex situation is further tangled by the efforts of Vince, Rod, and Rolo to seduce Willa, whose obsession with the bottom line is compromised by her fondness for the gorillas. Fierce Creatures was originally shot in 1995, but when the original version tested poorly, producers John Cleese and Michael Shamberg opted to reshoot part of the film (most notably the ending), with director Fred Schepisi replacing Robert Young for the revised sequences.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2019
UPC: 0191329091579
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 13,383

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cleese Rolo Lee
Jamie Lee Curtis Willa Weston
Kevin Kline Vince McCain/Rod McCain
Michael Palin Adrian (Bugsy) Malone
Robert Lindsay Sydney Small Mammals
Billie Brown Neville Coltrane
Cynthia Cleese Pip Small Mammals
Ronnie Corbett Reggie Sealions
Derek Griffiths Gerry Ungulates
Carey Lowell Cub Felines

Technical Credits
Fred Schepisi Director
Robert Young Director
Ian Baker Cinematographer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
John Cleese Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Gibson Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Songwriter
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Hazel Pethig Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Michael Shamberg Producer
Steve Abbott Executive Producer
Priscilla John Casting
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Patricia Carr Co-producer
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
David Allday Art Director
Rona Brown Consultant/advisor
Iain Johnstone Screenwriter
William Goldman Source Author

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Fierce Creatures 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TomStone More than 1 year ago
I love this movie- it is often compared unfavorably to a Fish Called Wanda, and it's true that this is not as good, but what is? On it's own terms, it's a wonderfully funny farce, well constructed and well acted. However- this release is in the full frame 1:33 aspect ratio, and the movie was filmed in the extreme widescreen 2:35 aspect ratio- meaning that in every shot, you're only seeing half of what you are supposed to. It destroys the movie, and it's pretty absurd in an era where most people's TVs will stretch the image out horizontally anyway. You can get this movie from the UK in the correct aspect ratio- though that DVD is not anamorphic, meaning that it will be surrounded by black bars on all four sides on a widescreen TV. Shamefully, to the best of my knowledge, there is no way to get this movie that will be any better than that.