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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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Cast

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Tom Georgeson ...
Patricia Hayes ...
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Judge
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Portia (as Cynthia Caylor)
Mark Elwes ...
Customer in Jeweler's Shop
Neville Phillips ...
Manager of Jeweler's Shop
Peter Jonfield ...
Inspector Marvin
Ken Campbell ...
Bartlett
Al Ashton ...
Warder
Roger Hume ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Release Date:

5 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Fisch namens Wanda  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,418, 17 July 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,493,712
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

[Warning: Contains spoiler for the 'Halloween' films]Jamie Lee Curtis' character says that she would want to have sex with the murderous psychopath Otto even if he was her brother. In the Halloween series of films she is pursued with an incestuous subtext by her murderous psychopath half-brother. See more »

Goofs

Wanda is in a car putting on red lipstick. After a cutaway and return to Wanda in close-up, she is wearing bright pink lipstick. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [Epilogue: Archie and Wanda move to Rio, have 17 kids, and fund a leper colony. Ken becomes Master of Ceremonies at London Sea World. Otto emigrates to South Africa and becomes Minister of Justice]
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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 Wali, the Fun Way to ABC (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschlandlied
Written by Joseph Haydn and August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
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Excellent caper comedy with a perfect cast
28 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best, if not THE best, caper comedies of the modern era. The writing is very witty and at the same time sometimes turgid. The cast is absolutely perfect; Cleese makes a great subdued lawyer who wants to be a bad boy, Curtis is wonderful and just keeps you guessing (as perhaps her own character is guessing, as to what it is SHE wants), and Kline is perfectly annoying as the Nietzsche-quoting American. This movie has strong shades of "The Big Sleep" and other Howard Hawks comedies, even going so far as to name Cleese's character "Leach" in honor of Cary Grant.

This film should appeal to those with no classic movie knowledge, but for those who have seen "To Catch a Thief" and other caper classics, this is even more of a treat. Romantic, funny, and slick.

Also big ups to Michael Palin for another memorable supporting performance.


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