A Fish Called Wanda
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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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One funny scene is where one of the villains is about to meet his demise - from a slow moving bulldozer hundreds of feet away - wait for it!
A running gag in the movie is about the nicest of the villains accidentally killing all of the dogs owned by an old lady as he attempts to eliminate her!
This certainly is not one of the funniest movies ever made, but it is entertaining.
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.Read more ›
"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!"
Need I say more?
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An old classic. Glad to have it in our collection againPublished 17 months ago by kathryn p. nickels
Excellent video. I saw it on TV few years ago. Still it is good to watch again.Published 20 months ago by V. Nelliah
With a cast like that, how can you not have a very entertaining moviePublished on July 8 2014 by Robert L. Ayers
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 on Jan. 21 2013 by JS
This movie is, in a word, hilarious. I defy anyone to watch it and not have tears streaming down their face from laughter. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Joanne Sears
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 morePublished on June 17 2004 by E. Mesa
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