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A Fish Called Wanda [DVD] [1988]

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  • Actors: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken
  • Directors: John Cleese, Charles Crichton
  • Writers: John Cleese, Charles Crichton
  • Producers: John Cleese, John Comfort, Michael Shamberg, Steve Abbott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian, Russian
  • Subtitles: French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZEU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,623 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features

Original Theatrical Trailer
Chapter Search
8 page booklet featuring a revealing insight into the creation of A Fish Called Wanda
Soundtrack: English/German/Spanish/French/Italian
Subtitles: English/German/Dutch/French/Spanish/Portuguese/Swedish/Danish/Norwegian/Finnish/Polish/Hard of Hearing - English

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A Fish Called Wanda was the blockbuster which proved that John Cleese could be a movie star in his own right. Directed by the Veteran Charles Crichton, who made the 1951 Ealing Comedies classic The Lavender Hill Mob, Wanda combined Ealing-comedy capers and Basil Fawlty-esque farce with contemporary big-screen swearing and black comedy. The plot develops in classic film noir style as Cleese's lawyer, Archie Leech, gets sucked into the double-crossing aftermath of a London diamond heist.

For sound box-office reasons, British comedies often sport an American star and here Cleese delivers not only Jamie Lee Curtis as a smooth operating femme fatale, but Kevin Kline as her idiotic, and insanely jealous lover (for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar). Pushing the limits of bad taste is Michael Palin's animal-loving Ken, who in the film's best running gag attempts to murder an old lady, only to slay her beloved pet dogs. Other highlights include Palin as a man with two chips up his nose and Cleese showing the world a different sort of "Full Monty". One of the funniest British films ever made, A Fish Called Wanda was followed by Fierce Creatures (1997), which reunited the lead cast and claimed to be an "equal" not a "sequel", but sadly wasn't. --Gary S Dalkin

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brown on 9 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
To make a comedy that can be lauded with the comment 'absolutely hilarious' isn't an easy thing to do. It's not so difficult, however, when you are one of the funniest men on god's green earth; and the extremely talented John Cleese has certainly managed to write a fine piece of comedy here. Teaming up with Monty Python buddy Michael Palin and Ealing studios director Charles Crichton, these talented comedians have managed to create a film that is most certainly one of the funniest; laugh per minute and lasting hilarity when it's over, movies ever made. The plot is taken straight from the classic Ealing comedy era (no wonder it works so well) and it follows four crooks that have stolen a bunch of jewels and now decide to double cross one another to take the loot solely for themselves. The plot thickens when the female of the bunch decides that the best way to get the loot would be to get close to a grassed-up co-conspirator's barrister; John Cleese.
Aside from an inch-perfect screenplay, A Fish Called Wanda also benefits from a fine cast of actors to deliver it. John Cleese steals every scene he's in, as you might expect, and he more than justifies his reputation as one of, maybe even the, finest British comedy actor ever. He is joined by a talented pair of Americans; Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis, along with, as mentioned, his fellow Python Michael Palin. Kline is certainly one of the most underrated actors working today, and his comic timing in this movie is right on the money. Makes you wonder how much better he could have been used over the years. "Scream Queen" Jamie Lee Curtis also does well in the title role; and Michael Palin obviously knows his way round a comedy script. The jokes in the film come thick and fast, and I can't think of a single one that didn't work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Welch on 2 July 2011
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I imagine for many people it won't matter at all, but for some of us, it's crucial - so to avoid anyone else wasting their time as I did, here's the details of the audio and subtitles which are actually available on the DVD:

Soundtrack:
English (5.1), German (5.1)

Subtitles:
English, German, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Croatian

Really quite different from what is listed on the item description, which will hopefully be corrected soon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Helen Neenot, naturally on 2 May 2004
Format: DVD
If you want a very funny film, with lots of deep belly laughs, and some more subtle jokes thrown in too, watch this film. If you want a plot that with more intriguing twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction, watch this film. If you want a romantic comedy involving lust, passion and toenail clippings, watch this film. Maybe you just love animals, or Monty Python, Kevin Kline or Jamie Lee Curtis. Anglophiles and Anglophobes could equally be entralled by the diversity offered in this rare gem of a film. I am yet to meet anyone who has not enjoyed this film. (Well, appart from Yorkshire Terrier devotees, but I feel that they may be in a minority) If have not already done so, watch it now. Just go with me on this one - you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ponyboy on 2 Jan. 2015
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I'd seen this classic comedy a few times when it first came out in 1988 but hadn't seen it for years, and fancied seeing it again, so I bought the Blu-ray. It's still great fun. Four criminals - two Brits (Michael Palin and Tom Georgeson) and two Americans (Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline) - plot and carry out a jewel robbery in London, but then start to betray each other. Meanwhile, a British barrister (John Cleese) stuck in a loveless marriage becomes involved with the woman of the gang. And don't forget the fish called Wanda, which plays a very important part in the action. This is a comedy-thriller-romance-farce, and an updated version of an Ealing comedy; it's even directed by Charles Crichton, the acclaimed Ealing director who came out of retirement to direct this. Lots of great culture-clash humour between the British and American characters, John Cleese and Michael Palin are at their comic best, Kevin Kline won an Oscar as the psychotic Otto, who's not nearly as clever as he thinks he is (Otto, that is, not Kline!), Tom Georgeson seethes with menace, and Jamie Lee Curtis is one step ahead of everyone else. See it and enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By givethedjabj on 29 Aug. 2012
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THIS REVIEW IS PURELY TECHNICAL

Amazingly funny film, but let down by the awful print they have used for the transfer.

Dust spots and hairs throughout. I really don't know where they kept this print (my guess is a dog basket)

Hopefully there will be a better copy one day, until then AVOID
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By stuckinazoo on 13 Aug. 2010
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This is a very well written and often very funny film which doesn't let-up for a second. Cleese, Palin, Kline and Lee-Curtis are magnificent as Precarious, Sexy, Disconnected and Chaotic (you can probably match them up if you've never seen this film before). The fact that two are American and two are English gives the film a clashing, tasty quality that I can't remember seeing anywhere else. Though never all in the same room at the same time, they all rub up against each other at some point in brilliantly positioned scenes that frequently have me in stitches.

The roots of this film come from the old English comedies of the 1950's but this is firmly set in the 1980's within the very ordinary and everyday. This all adds to the charm beneath the madness. Gone in 60 Seconds this is not - more bumbling motorbikes than shiny super cars and it is all the better for it.
Standouts are too many to mention but I would have to say that Kevin Kline's Otto steals just about every scene he bursts into. He adds more than a bit to the out-of-control element throughout what feels like a series of set-pieces. All useful set-pieces though which flow together as one shimmering crime caper. Not a second is ever wasted.

It has been said that someone died of laughter while watching this. If I was to die while watching anything, A Fish Called Wanda would be perfect. Classic English humor with an American twist, this continues to be my favorite comedy of all time.

* 2 disc SE extras: audio commentary with John Cleese / 'Something Fishy' documentary / deleted and alternate scenes with John Cleese intros / 3 featurettes / easter eggs / photo gallery / trailer *
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