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Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997]

John Cleese , Jamie Lee Curtis , Fred Schepisi , Robert Young    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin
  • Directors: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young
  • Writers: John Cleese, Iain Johnstone, William Goldman
  • Producers: John Cleese, Michael Shamberg, Patricia Carr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, Hungarian, Czech, Polish
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German, Hungarian, Czech, Polish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English, German, Hungarian, Czech, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005956K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In an attempt to catch lightning in a bottle, John Cleese wrote Fierce Creatures with the purpose of reuniting the comedic cast of A Fish Called Wanda. Media mogul (Kevin Kline) owns a London zoo. He demands that the park raise more profit, so the new zoo director (Cleese) orders that only dangerous animals be displayed in order to maximize ticket sales. In a dual role, Kline also plays the mogul's son, who plans to run the zoo with the help of displaced employees (including Michael Palin) and zoo programmer Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis). The situation lends itself to comedic confusion and split-second timing, and for a few good laughs the film is a pretty safe bet. It's not as hilarious as A Fish Called Wanda (that's a pretty tall order), but Cleese knows comedy, and his efforts are worth a look. --Jeff Shannon,

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John Cleese Fierce Creatures

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A study in economics 9 Nov 2004
By bernie VINE VOICE
As one knows all institutions should pull their own weight in today's economic environment. John Cleese as Rollo Lee is tasked with coming up with a money making scheme to save the Zoo. The theme is "Fierce Creatures" See the unique solution in action.

All the characters in this movie have some unique quirkiness to them. I am not going into detail as the surprises are best seen. However Rollo gets a kinky reputation by being seen with half-clad women (plural) and various compromising situations with animals.

Bottom line will the Zoo be saved? What happened to less fierce creatures and people? Will Willa find love or a reasonable substitute?

Look for Cynthia Cleese (daughter of John Cleese and Connie Booth) as Pip Small Mammals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Archbold Jake VINE VOICE
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A Fish Called Wanda seemed to create a good team in Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese Michael Palin and Kevin Kline. Some viewers were a good deal more positive about the film than others.

Fierce Creatures is the follow up. It is set in a small zoo which is doing not much more than breaking even. The zoo appears to have been bought up as part of a job lot by a loud-mouthed Australian media magnate (who might that be!!) who is determined to close it down unless it can make real money.

Enter Kevin Kline the dim witted son who comes over to the UK to take charge. He is accompanied by Jamie Lee whose own job did not last the few minutes she was in the corporate headquarters. Willa (Wanda - get it?) falls for Jon Cleese who has just been appointed to run the zoo. Palin reprises his Wanda role, supported by Ronnie Corbett and several other Brits.

Farce follows and a good time is had by all. Perhaps the film might be regarded as sillier than, but possibly funnier than, Wanda but there is not too much in it either way.

Well worth a family viewinig.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanda Vs. Creatures ! 24 July 2012
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The follow up to "A Fish Called Wanda". Personally i think it is just as good and funny, but sadly forgotten by most people it seems. If you like "A Fish Called Wanda" but have never seen "FIERCE CREATURES" , do yourself a favour... BYE IT NOW !!! PS: Sorry for any misspelled words-I`m NOT ENGLISH !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce Creatures 9 July 2012
By Fred
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My husband was raving about this DVD which he has wanted for years .. so I bought him it for his birthday from Amazon. He absolutely loves it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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"Fierce Creatures", the 1997 film of the John Cleese story, brings Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin and others back together again under the direction of Schepisi and Young and it is family entertainment for twelve years and over; the DVD at an equally silly price, makes it hours of entertainment at home.

As the DVD cover picture shows with its direct allusions to "A Fish Called Wanda", it brings together again the group which had made the first film so successul with a wide range of other equally talented actors.

The story is simple - a zoo is bought by a rich American, is re-vamped to pay its way in a difficult economic climate with a focus on the "fiercest" but unlikely creatures. Following so far? The confusions come thick and fast as the zoo staff rebels, the creatures don't respond and the Big Boss wants to see his new zoo.

It does not have the freshness of "A Fish" and some of the jokes are a little forced but it is fun nevertheless and the great list of actors works well to bring it alive. Not a classic, but enjoyable and, at this price, who would complain?

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When a British zoo is acquired by an Australian tycoon (Kevin Kline), he insists on an increase in revenues up to 20% or he will close the zoo. The new manager (John Cleese) institutes a fierce creatures only policy meaning the soft and cuddly animals will have to go. Almost ten years after the sleeper success of A FISH CALLED WANDA, its four stars reunited for this black comedy (an accidental homicide is played for laughs) with similarities to WANDA but it can't be called a sequel but not only is it an entirely new storyline but the actors are all playing different characters. This film which was started by Robert Young and completed by Fred Schepisi is erratic in its laughs. When it hits its mark, it can be hysterically funny but alas, most of the humor is rather lame with the laughs few and far between. Not surprisingly, Cleese provides most of the humor and poor Kline (who won an Oscar for WANDA) is stuck with the lame bits. Of WANDA's other two stars, Jamie Lee Curtis has very little to do except provide eye candy and Michael Palin is wasted. The winsome score is by Jerry Goldsmith. With Robert Lindsay, Maria Aitken, Carey Lowell and Ronnie Corbett.

The Universal DVD from Great Britain (unlike the pan and scan U.S. DVD) is a nice anamorphic wide screen (2.35) print.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fierce Movie! 12 May 2010
This movie is funny from start to finish, if you love "A Fish Called Wanda" you are bound to love this one, it has the same great cast with some awesome new editions and great humor and a good plot, you don't know where the movie is going and how everybody are going to end up until the end. I wish there was a third movie with this cast! The movie has a lot of great animals, and there was a lot of work to make such an elaborate Zoo-set!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but no cigar
The plot is just a bit silly. I suppose we need the American imports to pay the bills, but more subtle English humour is needed to balance the slapstick farce. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RossTheBoss
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Although 17 years old, I had not heard of this Python film until I caught the end of it on a TV station. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR CHRISTOPHER T BARROW
3.0 out of 5 stars No cure for a bullet to the brain.....
Corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc, run by shrewd tycoon Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and the failing London Marwood Zoo. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic comedy which does not age. Introduced my son to this and he finds it just as funny as I do.
Published 7 months ago by Mr P A Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce Creatures
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 12 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce creatures
This is one of the best if not the best comedy that has been written staring Palin, Cleese and Curtis.
It is a great piece of comedy that I would reccomend to anyone.
Published 13 months ago by kav
5.0 out of 5 stars A true great !!
I really like this movie as it combines a great comedian John Cleese with Kevin Kline and Jamie lee`s hot body back in the sizzling day . Read more
Published 14 months ago by davidinator
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
Loved this movie. Great fun. saw on TV and decided to add to my collection. enjoyed just as much 2nd time round
Published 14 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I've been dying to get hold of this movie for a long time and was surprised to find it still out there. DVD is in excellent condition. No scratches. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lucie Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars Not `Wanda' but don't let that put you off
After the massive success of A Fish Called Wanda, there was a lot of pressure on the four main stars to reunite. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Albatross
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