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A Fish Called Wanda ()


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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations.
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Archie Leach
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Wanda Gershwitz
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Otto
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Ken Pile
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Wendy
Tom Georgeson ...
Georges Thomason
Patricia Hayes ...
Mrs. Coady
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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 ...
Locksmith
Roger Brierley ...
Davidson
Llewellyn Rees ...
Sir John
Michael Percival ...
Percival
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Magistrate
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Copper (as Robert Cavendish)
Andrew MacLachlan ...
Eebedee
Roland MacLeod ...
Vicar
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Mr. Johnson
Pamela Miles ...
Mrs. Johnson
Tom Pigott Smith ...
Child Johnson (13)
Katherine John ...
Child Johnson (10)
Sophie Johnstone ...
Child Johnson (8)
Kim Barclay ...
Nanny
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1st Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel) (as Sharon Twomey)
Patrick Newman ...
2nd Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)
David Simeon ...
Clerk of Court (Old Bailey)
Imogen Bickford-Smith ...
Stenographer
Tia Lee ...
Junior Barrister (Prosecutor Counsel)
Robert Putt ...
Police Officer (Old Bailey)
Waydon Croft ...
1st Prison Officer
John Dixon ...
2nd Prison Officer
Anthony Pedley ...
Irate Driver
Robert McBain ...
Hotel Clerk
Clare McIntyre ...
Airline Employee
Charu Bala Chokshi ...
Indian Cleaner
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Hutchison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bird ...
Clerk of the Magistrate's Court (uncredited)
Chris Chering ...
Prisoner (uncredited)
Terence Conoley ...
Airline Passenger (uncredited)
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Street thug (uncredited)
Aidan Harrington ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Rebecca Moore ...
Jury member (uncredited)
Mike Reynell ...
Man in Street (uncredited)
Peter Roy ...
Man in Street (uncredited)
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Jeweler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles Crichton
John Cleese ... (uncredited)

Written by

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John Cleese ... (story) and
Charles Crichton ... (story)
 
John Cleese ... (written by)

Produced by

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Steve Abbott ... executive producer
John Cleese ... executive producer
John Comfort ... associate producer
Michael Shamberg ... producer

Music by

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John Du Prez

Cinematography by

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Alan Hume

Film Editing by

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John Jympson

Editorial Department

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Kevin Phelan ... unit projectionist: Mercury Theatres, London
William Webb ... assistant film editor
David Barrett ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jonathan Lucas ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Priscilla John

Production Design by

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Roger Murray-Leach

Art Direction by

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John Wood

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Stephenie McMillan

Costume Design by

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Hazel Pethig

Makeup Department

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Lynda Armstrong ... makeup artist (as Lynda Armstrong-Lawlor)
Paul Engelen ... makeup supervisor
Barry Richardson ... key hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jonathan Benson ... assistant director
Melvin Lind ... second assistant director
David Skynner ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Leon Apsey ... head of construction
Bruce Bigg ... property master
Roy Evans ... construction manager
Kevin Phipps ... assistant art director
Brian Read ... production buyer
Alfie Smith ... stand-by property supervisor
Micky Swift ... stand-by propman (as Mickey Swift)
Gill Andrae-Reid ... portrait artist (uncredited)
Bill Stallion ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jonathan Bates ... sound editor
Charlotte Haupt ... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Chris Munro ... sound recordist
Andrew Sissons ... sound maintenance engineer
Colin Wood ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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George Gibbs ... special effects supervisor
David Watson ... special effects technician (as Dave Watson)
Terence J. Cox ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Alan Poole ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Alan Church ... optical camera (uncredited)
Simon Margetts ... director of photography: main title sequence (uncredited)

Stunts

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Romo Gorrara ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Neil Binney ... camera operator
Bob Bremner ... gaffer (as Bobby Bremner)
Graham Hall ... clapper loader
Simon Hume ... focus puller
David James ... still photographer
Bill Thornhill ... best boy
Jimmy Waters ... grip
Jimmy Worley ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Stephen Cornish ... wardrobe assistant (as Steve Cornish)
Jenny Hawkins ... wardrobe assistant
Ray Usher-Cooper ... wardrobe master (as Ray Usher)

Location Management

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Nick Daubeny ... location manager: Oxford
Christopher Knowles ... assistant location manager: London
William Lang ... location manager

Music Department

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Peter Holt ... music editor
André Jacquemin ... music producer
Dick Lewzey ... orchestral recordist
John Williams ... musician: solo guitar
John Du Prez ... conductor (uncredited)
George Hamer ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Mark White ... production driver
Roy Clarke ... driver: Jamie Lee Curtis (uncredited)

Other crew

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Andy Birmingham ... production accountant
Peter Byck ... assistant: Mr. Shamberg, USA
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise ... assistant: Dr. Cleese
Pauline Clift ... animal supplier
Robert Conway ... legal advisor
Diana Dill ... continuity
Wayne Docksey ... Fish Supplier
Bill Edwards ... unit publicist
Yvonne Heeks ... assistant accountant
Ralph Kamp ... production assistant
Liz Lehmans ... production assistant
Ian Miles ... financial controller
Janine Modder ... production coordinator (as Janine Lodge)
Alexandra Stone ... assistant to producer
Mark Birmingham ... production assistant (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou ... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Yvonne Eastmond ... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Richard Morrison ... title designer (uncredited)
Kimberley Vashiell ... choreographer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 police off, in the process George being implicated by an elderly eyewitness named Eileen Coady. With George in jail, Wanda and Otto discover that he in turn has protected his investment by moving the jewels from their agreed to hiding location, he not telling anyone except Ken some hint of where they are. Ken, an animal lover with an extreme stuttering problem, is given a task by George: kill Mrs. Coady before she is able to testify against him, as she is the crown's primary witness. Meanwhile, Wanda has a plan of her own to reach her end goal: seduce George's defense lawyer, Archie Leach, in finding out any and all of George's secrets concerning the heist, including the location of the jewels. Archie may be easy prey for Wanda's seduction as Archie's wife is a self-absorbed woman who pays Archie little attention. Otto may throw a wrench into Wanda's plans if he finds out what she's doing only feeling that she being solely his lover trumps all else. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un poisson nommé Wanda (France)
  • Ein Fisch namens Wanda (Germany)
  • Un peix anomenat Wanda (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Un pez llamado Wanda (Spain)
  • Un ange dénommé Wanda (Canada, French title)
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  • 108 min
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Budget $7,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP147,607, 16 Oct 1988

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Trivia In 1989, when this film was shown in the theaters in Denmark, a Danish man named Ole Bentzen, a Danish audiologist, literally laughed himself to death during the scene where Ken gets the chips up his nose. Bentzen's heart rate went between 250-500 beats per minute and he eventually succumbed to cardiac arrest. The story behind this is that the man had made a joke a few years earlier with his family during dinner, where he put a piece of cauliflower up his and every family members nose as a joke and made a bet with them on who could eat up their carrots without the cauliflower falling out. When the scene with Ken and the chips came up, he started thinking about this dinner-incident and laughed so hard that his heart stopped. This story is well known in Scandinavia and spread around as almost an "urban legend" shortly after it happened. It was confirmed by his son, who also told the dinner-story as an explanation to why his father laughed so hard during the chips-scene that he died. See more »
Goofs When Otto fires his gun on the safe in the hideout the gun makes the sound of a silenced weapon, but his gun is not equipped with a silencer. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Nel blu, dipinto di blu See more »
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 »
Quotes Wanda: [after Otto breaks in on Wanda and Archie in Archie's flat and hangs him out the window] I was dealing with something delicate, Otto. I'm setting up a guy who's incredibly important to us, who's going to tell me where the loot is and if they're going to come and arrest you. And you come loping in like Rambo without a jockstrap and you dangle him out a fifth-floor window. Now, was that smart? Was it shrewd? Was it good tactics? Or was it stupid?
Otto West: Don't call me stupid.
Wanda: Oh, right! To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
Otto West: Apes don't read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.
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