D: Charles Crichton
MGM (Michael Shamberg)
UK 🇬🇧 1988
W: John Cleese & Charles
DP: Alan Hume
Ed: John Jympson
Mus: John DuPrez
John Cleese (Archie Leach), Jamie Lee Curtis (Wanda
Curtis), Kevin Kline (Otto), Michael Palin (Ken), Maria Aitken (Wendy Leach), Tom Georgeson (George)
A Fish Called Wanda twins the dry wit of an Ealing
Comedy with the uproariously ridiculous style of Monty Python for a brilliantly hilarious crime caper with great performances and very funny gags.
Four thieves perform a diamond heist but when the gang
leader, George, is double-crossed, the loot goes missing. Sexpot of the operation, Wanda Gershwitz (Curtis) attempts to seduce George's stuffy solicitor (Cleese) in order to ascertain
where the diamonds have been hidden.
Meanwhile, a personal feud develops between stuttering
animal-lover Ken (Palin), who is asked to assassinate the only witness to the robbery, and Kevin Kline's psychopathic, xenophobic hitman Otto, whose obsession with Nietzsche makes him
think he's an intellectual, when he's in fact incredibly stupid.
All the cast are brilliant, but it's Palin & Kline
who standout, given the funniest scenes to work with. The humour won't suit everyone, but Python fans certainly won't be disappointed.