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A Fish Called Wanda


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  • Actors: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken
  • Directors: John Cleese, Charles Crichton
  • Writers: John Cleese, Charles Crichton
  • Producers: John Cleese, John Comfort, Michael Shamberg, Steve Abbott
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305161879
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,957 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik Bateson on May 24 2002
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 24 1999
Format: DVD
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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By Robert L. Ayers on July 8 2014
Format: DVD
With a cast like that, how can you not have a very entertaining movie
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By Josette Garfinkiel on Jan. 21 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
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Format: DVD
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. It was great seeing a couple of the Python troup in a non-Python role. Be warned, although the movie is very funny (7.8 out of 10) it's not at all the same type of humour as Python.
My absolute favorite part, which doesn't give anything about the movie away, is near the end when John Cleese imitates an American accent. Usually we see comedians here making fun of British, French, and other foreign accents, so it was fun to see someone try to imitate us here in the States.
I'd say this is a MUST RENT no matter what and a MUST BUY for anyone who likes British humour and/or wants to see Cleese do something different.
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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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. Wanda had a lot of potential and had a lot of witty things in it not tried before, yet, the crudeness made me a little tired.
Interesting to see how things lightened up in comedy in the 90's compared to this 1980's flick about crime. There were definately some very funny scenes, Kevin Kline showing up all the time was really fun, wondering what he would say when he did, and the gem to me was Michael Palin chasing after a witness that he trying to off. That had me in stiches.
I rated this movie a three because of the concept of attempting to get to the stash by whatever means possible was very clever. Cleese in court was outstanding. This movie will be liked by most, however, there is too much language and crudeness as you can see in the other reviews.
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