A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

Director: Charles Crichton Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline


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In A Fish Called Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis plays an ambitious con artist who uses every ounce of her sexual wiles to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her gangster lover Tom Georgeson. First, she romances Georgeson's dimwitted but deadly henchman Kevin Kline (who won an Academy Award for his performance). Then, to clear the path for her getaway with Kline, Jamie woos Georgeson's starched-shirt attorney, John Cleese -- and it's Cleese whom she genuinely falls in love with. Michael Palin, Cleese's former Monty Python cohort, plays a stuttering mob flunkey who continually messes up his one big assignment: killing a little old lady (it isn't that he has any qualms about knocking off the old dear; it's just that her pet dogs keep getting in the way). A Fish Called Wanda was scripted by star John Cleese.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2017
UPC: 0760137044086
Original Release: 1988
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 7,691

Special Features

Commentary by writer and star John Cleese; John Cleese's Final Farewell Performance, a 1988 documentary on the making of A Fish Called Wanda featuring interviews with actors Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and director Charles Crichton; Something Fishy, a 15th anniversary retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Cleese, Curtis, Kline and Palin, producer Michael Shamberg, executive producer Steve Abbott and director of photography Alan Hume; On Location, a documentary on the film's locations hosted by Robert Powell; Brand-new appreciation by Vic Pratt of the BFI National Archive; Brand-new interview with production designer Roger Murray-Leach; 26 deleted/alternative scenes with introductions by Cleese; A Message from John Cleese, a tongue-in-cheek introduction recorded for the film's original release; Gallery; Trivia track; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cleese Archie Leach
Jamie Lee Curtis Wanda Gerschwitz
Kevin Kline Otto West
Michael Palin Ken
Tom Georgeson George
Maria Aitken Wendy Leach
Patricia Hayes Mrs. Coady
Ken Campbell Bartlett
Cynthia Caylor Portia
Jeremy Child Mr. Johnson
Patrick Newman Defense Counsel
Geoffrey Palmer Judge
Mark Elwes Shop Customer
Neville Phillips Shop Manager
Peter Jonfield Inspector Marvin
Al Ashton Warder
Roger Hume Locksmith
Roger Brierley Davidson
Llewellyn Rees Sir Jake
Michael Percival Percival
Kate Lansbury Magistrate
Robert Cavendish Copper
Andrew Maclachlan Eebedee
Roland MacLeod Vicar
Pamela Miles Mrs. Johnson
Tom Piggot-Smith Johnson Child, 13
Katherine John Johnson Child, 10
Sophie Johnstone Johnson Child
Kim Barclay Nanny
Sharon Twomey Defense Counsel
David Simeon Court Clerk
Imogen Bickford-Smith Stenographer
Tia Lee Junior Barrister, Prosecution Counsel
Robert Putt Police Officer
Waydon Croft Prison Officer
John Dixon Prison Officer
John Dixon Prison Officer
Anthony Pedley Irate Driver
Robert McBain Hotel Clerk
Clare McIntyre Airline Employee
Charu Bala Chokshi Indian Cleaner
Stephen Fry Hutchison

Technical Credits
Charles Crichton Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Steve Abbott Executive Producer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
John Cleese Original Story,Screenwriter
John Comfort Associate Producer
John Du Prez Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
George Gibbs Special Effects
Romo Gorrara Stunts
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Priscilla John Casting
John Jympson Editor
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Hazel Pethig Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Rich Producer
Michael Shamberg Producer
John Wood Art Director

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A Fish Called Wanda 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful comedy. John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin,Tom Georgeson, and Patricia Hayes make up a spectacular cast. They keep the audience laughing every step of the way. The plot involves a diamond robbery. Jamie's character, Wanda, had conspired to keep the jewels completely for herself. She was sleeping with both the man who planned the robbery - George, and weapons expert needed for it - Otto. She had Otto turn George into the police, then planned to Leave Otto with nothing. To her shock they found George had moved the diamonds without telling anyone. Michael Palin's character, Ken, was George's right hand man. He loved animal animals to the point of fanaticism. He was tasked with eliminating the main witness for the trial. In the process he kept mistakenly killing her dogs, one by one. Though he hadn't any problem killing an old lady, he was heart broken over every dog that died. Hilariously when the last died, the old lady dropped dead from a heart attack. Cleese played George's lawyer, Archie. Wanda proceeded to seduce him to get more information, but they genuinely fall for each other in the process. Otto was violently jealous of them. His jealousy resulted in several hilarious attacks on Archie, both before and after Otto located the diamonds. The end has Archie and Wanda eloping to South America, with the Diamonds.
Mtndad More than 1 year ago
Extermly smart educated style of funny, laugh out loud, humor.
Very well done and the interlectual wit surpasses your common "funny comedy" It is not your Eddie Murphy funny at all. If you like that kind of funny you wont like this movie, because you won't get it.
It got funnier each time I watched it, because you miss so much, the first time, due to the fact that you were laughing at something else prior, to the following punch line. Just rent it you'll be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite films of all time-- non-stop laughs in a very low key. Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline were both wonderful, but the others were perfect as well.
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