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A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese , Jamie Lee Curtis , John Cleese , Charles Crichton    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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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

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Cleese/Kline/Curtis/Palin/Geor ~ Fish Called Wanda

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star film, one star DVD May 24 2002
This is a classic. It is halarious. Actually, the DVD is worth buying, but not for the DVD...I saw that it was in mono. This is so funny that it covers up, but geez. The dvd containes both full-screen and wide-screen formats, which is nice, because its a good full screen film, so thats how I'll view it until I get a widescreen television. On the other hand, the 1:85:1 presantaion is non-anamorphic (Which MGM DVD'S are, though?). The 2-channel mono is thin and unrealistic, and the picture quality beats out my old analog rectangle, which I sold at a yard sale. However this is, cheap, and I hear of an upcoming re-release. I won't buy it, because I already own it, although I might have to exchange this on Ebayif they have deleted scenes, no more mono, and restored and /or remastered picture and/or sound. The booklet spends half the time telling you interesting stuff, a fourth of the time telling you the cast's biographies, and another fourth telling you the difference between wide-screen and full-screen. There is also an easter egg where wanda the fish is floating around on your television screen. I am just glad that this is on DVD. I understand that this came out at a time of no special features, but MGM rushed to get this out. They did the best they could, but why didn't they just wait 6 more months and give it a prper release? Only about 5% of the population HAD DVD players when this came out...I'm probably comnplaining for no use, because all I really want to see is possible deleted scenes. Other that that, as long as this surpasses in quality over my VHS, is in widescreen, and never wears out, as Austin Powers says, "I'll be sound as a bound."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Funny But Dated Film, Horrible Transfer To DVD Oct. 24 1999
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I remember really liking this movie when it came out in the 80's but then again I was about 16 at the time...It's still pretty funny but not a great movie, certainly not as good as people raved back in the day. The low rating I gave this movie is due more to the EXTREMELY poor quality DVD release of the film; it looks like it was taken straight from an overplayed videotape & the sound is just as poor, rent it if you want to revisit this film but don't bother buying the DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time June 17 2004
I still remember the first time I saw that crazy heist caper called A Fish Called Wanda. My high school drama class went to see a sneak preview double feature of Wanda and Monkey Shines (which I will only go as far as to say that it was pretty awful) and I was floored.
I knew about Monty Python and has all the episodes that my PBS affiliate would broadcast, but was relatively unfamiliar with any work the troupe's members had done outside of the series (I don't even think I had seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail yet), except for a late-night cable run-in with Michael Palin's The Missionary, a mild sex comedy about a missionary and a home for fallen women.
I had no idea what to expect. Palin had always been my favorite Python (and still is), so I was very curious to see what he would do outside the Python realm. I got more than I bargained for.
Written by John Cleese from a story by Cleese and director Charles Crichton (various Ealing comedies including The Lavender Hill Mob), A Fish Called Wanda is a comedy about four crooks (Jamie Lee Curtis: Wanda, Kevin Kline: Otto, Tom Georgeson: George, and Michael Palin: Ken) who are all trying to double-cross each other by linking with other members of the group. Wanda in particular has the cards stacked in her favor, as she is--in one way or another--attempting to seduce all three men.
The humor comes from several directions. As the old lady is the only one who can ID any of them, George asks Ken to eliminate her. Unfortunately, he keeps killing her pet dogs instead--one at a time. As an animal lover, this leaves Ken in no end of distress. Very black humor, indeed. Meanwhile, Otto is trying to get information from Ken by pretending to be gay. Ken isn't either, but Otto doesn't seem to care. He continues to come on to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly funny Feb. 29 2004
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"You English! You think you're SOOOOO superior, don't you? Well, you're the FILTH of the PLANET!"
"To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I've known sheep that could outwit you! I've worn dresses with higher IQ's!...Aristotle was not Beligan! The central message of Buddhism is not 'Every Man for Himself!' And the London Underground is not a political movement!"
"He's going to kill her! HAAAA HA HA!....[bleep] off, or I'll kill you! Limey FRUITS!"
"My father was in the Secret Service, Mr. Manfrenginsinton, and I know PERFECTLY well that you do not keep the general public informed when you are de-briefing KGB defectors in a safe house...not unless you're genetically insane or irretrievably stupid, no."
"Oh, you English are SO superior, aren't you? Well, you want to know where you would be, without us, the good old U.S. of A., to protect you? I'll tell you: the SMALLEST [bleep]ING PROVINCE in the RUSSIAN EMPIRE! So don't call me stupid, lady, just THANK ME!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! A Must See! Feb. 1 2003
Format:VHS Tape
John Cleese and Michael Palin may be most famous for their Monty Python troupe, Jamie Lee Curtis for Halloween, and Kevin Kline for...being in movies, but one of their most memorable movies is the first one they did together. Which one? A Fish Called Wanda
Curtis is Wanda, part of a diamond group along with Ken (Palin), George Thomason (Tom Georgeson), and her "brother" Otto (Kline). They pull off a multi-million pound heist in England, and hide the loot. It seems, though, that Wanda and Otto (who aren't actually brother and sister but lovers) want it all for themselves. So they turn George into the police to try to find out where he hid the loot. It seems the only person George would have told about where the loot is would be his barrister Archie Leach (Cleese). So, naturally, Wanda goes up to him and becomes `friends' with him, much to the dismay of Otto.
A Fish Called Wanda is a twistful and delightful comedy that shows the new sex comedies that they don't need gross body functions to be funny. I'm not saying this movie is completely tasteful. Ken, who is an animal lover, accidentally kills dogs. But, it's not too explicit. It's actually very funny.
Most of the humor comes from Kline, who always shows up whenever Archie and Wanda are together, and who pretends he's gay and tries to get Ken. Some of those subplots, such as the gay one and Kline hating people that call him stupid, seem to not matter. But it is funny. Cleese's script is full of surprises. And most of these laughs were genuine, unlike the fakey ones from other movies. Who can forget Kline's shout whenever he's in the car? It is a memorable movie.
Kline puts up his best comedic performance, and deserved his Oscar for best supporting actor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
With a cast like that, how can you not have a very entertaining movie
Published 2 months ago by Robert L. Ayers
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Old technology, but very entertaining and really funny. I would recommend it to my friends and family who would enjoy 2 hours or so of light laugh.
Published 20 months ago by Josette Garfinkiel
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the best comedy film in decades.
This movie is, in a word, hilarious. I defy anyone to watch it and not have tears streaming down their face from laughter. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Joanne Sears
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Monty Python, but funny
I LOVE Monty Python AND John Cleese teaches part-time here at Cornell, so when he gave a talk and mentioned the plot of AFCW, I thought I'd check it out. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by E. Mesa
2.0 out of 5 stars Don`t Call This Fish a Classic
Despite a couple of funny scenes (just funny, not really hilarious), this movie is average at best and highly disappointing. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by gonn1000
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked Fierce Creatures Better
I had the opportunity to watch this after watching Fierce Creatures first. Actually, I was glad I saw that movie first, because I personally did not like this one. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Joseph J. Slevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch
Okay I watch this movie so much my poor videotape is begging me to put it out of it's misery. Which is why I will be getting the DVD of this soon. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by S. M. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A band wagon worth jumping on
When I saw A FISH CALLED WANDA in the theater back in the late '80s, the only thing that prevented me from staying for another viewing was the ache in my gut from laughing so hard. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies of the eighties...
This is one of the funniest movies of the eighties and it is the last true hurrah for Monty Python. John Cleese (who must have been about fifty at the time) wrote the script... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by JR Pinto
1.0 out of 5 stars ok
I simply hated this movie. It is not funny at all.
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
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