A Fish Called Wanda
A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.
A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.
“I love robbing the English – they’re so polite!”
One of the finest comedies ever made. Cleese and Palin deliver Python trumping performances, and Kevin Kline is simply fucking outstanding. I cant put it any more eloquently. One of the few Oscars given for a comedy performance? That I can recall anyway.
The only minor disappointment is that Cleese and Palin only get to share one scene together, near the end. But hey!
Great script. Great Performances, and some great editing from the veteran Crichton. He bowed out on a high.
Directed by - Charles Crichton
Written by - John Cleese and Charles Crichton
Starring - John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Tom Georgeson, Patricia Hayes, Maria Aitken and Cynthia Caylor, with a cameo appearance from Stephen Fry
A Fish Called Wanda is one of those rare comedies that simply never gets old. With its glorious combination of comedy and drama, it tells the classic story of a heist gone wrong. Four inept and slightly wacky criminals; Otto (Kline), his secret-lover Wanda (Lee Curtis), her official lover George (Georgeson) and his accomplice Ken (Palin) steal 135 diamonds and plan to split the profits and run away. However, Otto has other plans and sees to it that George is…
Cast, script and direction all just seem to reach perfection in this film. It also mixes and matches British and American humour perfectly, without resorting to cheap, crass, done to death comedy.
This is, for all intents and purposes, Cleese's film. He wrote the story, co wrote the screenplay and plays the lead. Cleese has great understanding of comedy. He is one of the few who is naturally funny, with perfect timing. Here he shows he isn't a bad actor either as he manages to not only be funny, but he also gives his character the necessary humanity we need to identify with him.
The comedy here comes from a wonderful plot, filled with fantastic characters. Of course Kevin Kline…
What the actual fuck. What did I just watch? Unbe-fucking-lievable, to quote George.
I have no words. Really. And don't call me stupid!
Great fun and the dramatic scenes work as well thanks to the great cast. Kevin Kline is amazing. So much fun to watch.
It is a crime that I've never seen this, especially considering I've seen Fierce Creatures quite a few times. The is film is hilarious, pure and simple. Every actor has their time to shine and they each nail it. Every scene with Michael Palin had me in stitches and Kevin Kline has never been better. The fact that the legend John Cleese is the weakest of the leads is just a testament to how great they all are.
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A manic and hilarious crime caper that features Kevin Kline in one of the funniest roles I've ever seen in the movies.
A brilliantly written film in the criminals betraying and not trusting each other after a crime genre, A Fish Called Wanda is wacky scene after wacky scene, whether it comes in the form of Kline spouting off about the British or one of several scenes in which people move around a room trying to conceal themselves from others unaware of their presence.
Everybody is betraying everybody, and everyone is funny. But Kevin Kline steals the show time and again, making fun of Michael Palin's stutter, insulting just about every British person he comes across and peeking his head through countless windows at places where he doesn't belong.
A phenomenal comedy that I'm seeing for the first time. 25 years old, it holds up and then some.
Kevin Kline is just fabulous.
Classical comedy. A brilliantly structured comedy that works like a Rube Goldberg machine in its great technique and writing. Very talented cast of course with the stand-out being the Oscar-winning Kevin Kline and man he's got a delivery like no one's business. Probably the pinnacle of the 1980's comedy.
"We did not LOSE Vietnam! It was a tie!"
Each actor plays to their strengths and different styles of comedy, but it all works well together. The result is a film that is hilarious from start to finish. Read full review.
Quality farce that makes the most of it's hilariously silly story and with John Cleese himself overseeing the script you get tonnes of quotable lines to go along with the wacky story. Cleese is good here but Kevin Kline and Micheal Palin steal the whole thing with two characters that couldn't be more different from each other but are both equally hilarious.
The performances are just so delightful in this to pass up. Kevin Kline is beyond silly while John Cleese gives a surprisingly subtle performance. Michael Palin too deserves a shout out for best cut away comedy.
4.5 out of 5 (A-)