Fish Called Wanda (1988) USA
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Director:John Cleese
Studio:MGM (Video & DVD)
Producer:John Cleese, John Comfort, Michael Shamberg, Steve Abbott
Writer:John Cleese, Charles Crichton
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations
Genre:Cons & Scams
Picture Format:Pan & Scan
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 1.0, French, Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:English, French
Features:Digital Video Transfer
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John Cleese  ...  (Director)
John Cleese, Charles Crichton  ...  (Writer)
Maria Aitken  ...  Wendy
Al Ashton  ...  Warder
Roger Brierley  ...  
Ken Campbell  ...  Bartlett
Cynthia Cleese  ...  Portia (as Cynthia Caylor)
John Cleese  ...  Archie Leach
Jamie Lee Curtis  ...  Wanda Gershwitz
Kevin Kline  ...  Otto
Michael Palin  ...  Ken Pile
Tom Georgeson  ...  Georges Thomason
Patricia Hayes  ...  Mrs. Coady
Geoffrey Palmer  ...  Judge
Mark Elwes  ...  Customer in Jeweler's Shop
Neville Phillips  ...  Manager of Jeweler's Shop
Peter Jonfield  ...  Inspector Marvin
Roger Hume  ...  Locksmith
Comments: A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.

Summary: Kevin Kline took home an Oscar for his performance as a self-absorbed lothario who prepares for lovemaking by drinking in his own "manly" musk, but it would be hard to single him out as the best thing about the film. The fact is, the entire cast of this hilarious comedy is perfect: John Cleese as the conservative barrister defending a member of sexy Jamie Lee Curtis's gang, Ms. Curtis as the conniving crook out to grab the haul for herself, and Michael Palin as the stuttering, animal-loving hit man whose attempts to murder a little old lady only decrease the size of her poodle pack. Cleese cowrote the zingy script with British comedy veteran Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob), whose smooth direction balances Monty Python farce, hysterically tasteless gags, and an unexpectedly romantic subplot with style and confidence. --Sean Axmaker