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A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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Release Date
Jul 15, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: May 1, 2001
• R2: 10 Feb 2003

Budget $7,500,000

MPAA Rating
R

Running Time
1 hour, 48 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM, United Artists

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Other Titles
• A Fish Called Wanda
• Fisch namens Wanda, Ein (1989)



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Genre: Crime, Comedy, Thieves, Scams And Cons, Black Comedy, Law, Marriage, Urban, Farce, Escape

Tagline: A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.

Plot: In A FISH CALLED WANDA, veteran director Charles Crichton and scriptwriter-star John Cleese create a dazzling quilt from various strands of English and American comedy. The plot, in which four disparate characters attempt a daring heist, comes from Ealing caper comedies, such as Crichton’s own THE LAVENDER HILL MOB. Cleese and Michael Palin, as the hit man with a stutter and a love of animals, come from the anarchic tradition of Monty Python. The movie pays savage tribute to another Ealing comedy, THE LADYKILLERS, as Palin attempts to kill a witness to the gang’s getaway. The glamorous con woman (Jamie Lee Curtis) is from Preston Sturges’s great comedy THE LADY EVE, while Kevin Kline provides his own unique feverish comic intensity.

But, in the midst of this breathless comedy, something else happens. The barrister, Archie Leach (Cleese), who is defending one of the gang, is jolted out of his tight-laced British existence by Curtis’s life force. And Curtis--like Barbara Stanwyck in THE LADY EVE--falls into her own trap: falling in love with the man she’s conning. The 78-year-old Crichton never before had such rich material. He times everything in this brilliant comedy with the precision of a Swiss watch.

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 Directed by
John Cleese
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Shrek 2
Charles Crichton
The Lavender Hill Mob, Dead of Night, The Titfield Thunderbolt
 Written by
John Cleese
Crood Awakening, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Charles Crichton
The Lavender Hill Mob, Dead of Night, The Titfield Thunderbolt
 Cast
John Cleese
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Shrek 2
Jamie Lee Curtis
True Lies, Halloween, Trading Places
Kevin Kline
Wild Wild West, The Ice Storm, In & Out
Michael Palin
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Brazil
Maria Aitken
Fierce Creatures, Half Moon Street, Asylum
Tom Georgeson
The Land Girls, Poirot: The Hollow, Swing
Patricia Hayes
Willow, The NeverEnding Story, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
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 Music By
John Du Prez
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