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A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 5 August 1988 (USA)
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

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Judge
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Portia (as Cynthia Caylor)
Mark Elwes ...
Customer in Jeweler's Shop
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Manager of Jeweler's Shop
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Al Ashton ...
Warder
Roger Hume ...
Locksmith
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Storyline

In London, George Thomason, his seductive American girlfriend Wanda Gershwitz, and their associate Ken Pile are planning their latest crime, a diamond heist that should net them £13 million. They plan on leaving the country with the goods after the heist. On Wanda's recommendation, they enlist the help of her brother, Otto, a weapons expert, for this heist. In reality, Otto is not Wanda's brother, but her latest lover, a dimwit who gets off on his own body odor, who believes he's an intellectual because he reads Nietzsche, and who does not tolerate being called stupid by anyone. Wanda has one weakness in men which is how Otto was able to get her to be his lover: speaking Italian in seduction. Wanda and Otto plan to double cross George by having him arrested for the heist, while they abscond with the jewels. Wanda further plans to triple cross Otto by eliminating him from the picture after she has the jewels. They are able to get George arrested with him not knowing who tipped the ... Written by Huggo

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A New Comedy About Sex, Murder and Seafood. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Fisch namens Wanda  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$63,493,712 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is the most successful film former Pythons John Cleese and Michael Palin have made. Cleese considers this to be his favorite film of the many he has been involved with. Although he considered his previous film, Clockwise (1986), to be the best script which had been written for him as a lead, it had flopped in America. See more »

Goofs

When Ken shoots the piece of wood that keeps the giant block of cement from falling, the rope/wheel slides down in the incorrect counter-clockwise direction. See more »

Quotes

Otto: Ok... Ok... DISAPPOINTED. Son of a bitch. What do you have to do in this world to make people trust you?
Wanda: Shut up.
Otto: People are always taking advantage of me.
Wanda: Shut up and think.
[Otto pulls out a silenced pistol and fires two shots at the safe]
Wanda: What are you doing?
Otto: I'm thinking.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits is the word FIN -- which is how French films say THE END, but in English a "fin" is a part of a fish. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Killing Zoe (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Nel blu, dipinto di blu
Written by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno
Performed by Domenico Modugno
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User Reviews

 
Excellent Film! Very Funny!
26 December 1998 | by (Western Australia) – See all my reviews

A Fish Called Wanda is my favourite movie of all time and always will be. John Cleese has written this masterpiece very cleverly, his best best writing piece since Fawlty Towers. Kevin Kline, who won an Oscar for his role in the film, is excellent as the looppy, arm pit sniffing Otto, and is my favourite in the film. Michael Palin is also brilliant as the stuttering Ken. John Cleese, in a role rather different to Basil Fawlty and his Monty Python characters, plays the lawyer Archie Leach fantastically. But the movie is all around Jamie Lee Curtis' Wanda, who is an American thief, after diamonds that she, Otto, Ken and George (Tom Georgeson) stole. In order to get the diamonds, Wanda has a fling with just about everybody. The movie will leave you in suspense wondering who will get the diamonds. Along the way, there are plenty of funny lines and gags, especially from Kline. A top movie. Watch A Fish Called Wanda, don't skip it. A++++


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