In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors:

Charles Crichton, John Cleese (uncredited)

Writers:

John Cleese (story), Charles Crichton (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Archie Leach
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Wanda Gershwitz
Kevin Kline ... Otto
Michael Palin ... Ken Pile
Maria Aitken ... Wendy
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Georges Thomason
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Coady
Geoffrey Palmer ... Judge
Cynthia Cleese ... Portia (as Cynthia Caylor)
Mark Elwes Mark Elwes ... Customer in Jeweler's Shop
Neville Phillips ... Manager of Jeweler's Shop
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Inspector Marvin
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Bartlett
Al Ashton Al Ashton ... Warder
Roger Hume Roger Hume ... Locksmith
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Storyline

In London, Georges Thomason (Tom Georgeson), his seductive American girlfriend Wanda Gershwitz (Jamie Lee Curtis), and their associate Ken Pile (Sir Michael Palin) are planning their latest crime, a diamond heist that should net them thirteen million pounds sterling. They plan on leaving the country with the goods after the heist. On Wanda's recommendation, they enlist the help of her brother, Otto West (Kevin Kline), 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 Georges 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 ... Written by Huggo

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Trivia

When this movie was aired on television in the U.S., many stations deleted the "chips up the nostrils" scene, deeming it insensitive to individuals with mental impairments. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Wanda tells Ken that Otto's dad used to beat him up, Ken says "good" but his lips don't match his voice. See more »

Quotes

Ken: Rev-enge!
Otto: [laughing] It's K-K-K-Ken! C-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me! How you gonna c-c-c-catch me, K-K-K-Ken?
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Crazy Credits

Otto emigrated to South Africa and become Minister for Justice. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Special Edition DVD has a bunch of deleted scenes including Otto's secret hobby and alternate scenes making the film more darker comedy.
  • There are two alternate endings. Both feature Otto dying and covered in blood in the cement but have different scenes on the plane, both imply that Wanda is going to run off with the money.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Final Justice (1999) See more »

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Deutschlandlied
Written by Joseph Haydn and August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
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Actually Funny
3 November 2019 | by tyreeseconroySee all my reviews

She has short hair, but sports a cleavage and legs to use appeal as a motivator. The stereotype of the pompous Briton, the ignorant American, the racist South African and more come out to fantastic effect. I just felt badly for the poor dogs. This one is funny.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian | Russian | French

Release Date:

29 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fish Called Wanda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,418, 17 July 1988

Gross USA:

$62,493,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,493,712
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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