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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A study in economics
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...
Published on 9 Nov 2004 by bernie

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3.0 out of 5 stars The cast of A FISH CALLED WANDA reunites but lightning doesn't strike twice
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...
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by The CinemaScope Cat


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Team Cleese on a mission, 30 July 2011
This review is from: Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Untypical for a German I am fond of English humor and when you really understand the language and what happens in between the lines, Cleese & Co are a must to see! "Fawlty Tower" and "The Vicar of Dibley" was my introduction and now I am addicted to watch films in the original language. I saw "Fierce Creatures" years ago synchronized in german and found it nice. But seeing it in english, I was astonished about the different message this film transported in between lines and that the jokes much more funny than expected.There is so much lost in translation! And when my niece visited me, we both had a real good evening with "a fish named Wanda" and this Zoo!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same Cast as A Fish Called Wanda but Totally Different Film, 23 Dec 2007
This review is from: Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
"Fierce Creatures" was marketed as a somewhat adventurous endeavour in teaming up much of the old team from the highly acclaimed "A Fish called Wanda" to do another film that was completely different and had nothing the same, except much of the cast.

Does this have the same sparkle? The short answer is no, but it is still good viewing. It tells the story of a highly greedy and successful business magnate, Rod McCain (Kevin Kline) who has just taken over a zoo in England. However, business regulations require that the zoo return 20% of revenue or it will be shut down. Put in charge is Rollo Lee (John Cleese), who is then somewhat overthrown by new recruit Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis) and McCain's 'idiot' son Vince (also Kline). Essentially the film deals with the three of the new directors and their different schemes for making money and raising the revenue to 20%, but with plenty of sexual tension and comedies of error along the way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1 Star off for the movie and 1 off for the boxset., 11 May 2012
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I assume anyone who watched and (most probably) loved A FISH CALLED WANDA, wouldn't miss checking this reunion, no matter what the reviewers say. AFCW was just too good , thus any attempt to recapture the success and fun has to be checked.

That said, I ordered the set, knowing there was no consensus as to it's quality.

Unlike Fierce Creatures, With AFCW, I didn't have to decide what I thought about it. I just loved every bit of it from the first moment.

Although FC has the same leading cast, with many more fine actors and many cameos of other known British actors, and although a huge effort was put in building "...one of the largest and most ambitious sets ever created.." in Pinewood Studios (according to the productions note) - the movie has a stilted feel to it in many scenes.

It does have it's funny moments, but somehow it just fails to deliver.

Regarding the boxset - the picture and sound quality are very good , but apart from some production/actors/directors notes there are no extras.
No Behind the scenes / Featurettes / Commentary, which could certainly add a lot to the overall quality of the production, especially where such an unusual effort was made with all the Zoo set and the animals and the many appearances of well known actors, which overall could for sure spawn many interesting stories.

A missed opportunity but still worth watching once. (I don't consider it re-watchable as AFCW)

Subtitles in English,Dutch,Norwegian,Swedish and Danish.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FIERCE CREATURES, 12 Jan 2003
This review is from: Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
If you like animals, comedy and having a great night in with your mates, then i strongly recommend this movie. It is by far the funniest movie John Cleese has ever starred in, and that is saying something. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin (who previously worked with John Cleese in "Monty Python") and academy award winner Kevin Kline follow their smash hit "A Fish Called Wanda" with this hilarious farce which has been said to be 'a very funny picture.' A quaint English zoo is the setting for a riotous revolt after the zoo director attempts to rid the park of it's cute, cuddly animals (which the keepers are rather attatched to) and display only "fierce creatures." It is an entertaining story of an animal loving group of people who do the strangest and, in some ways funnily dangerous things to keep their little creatures in the zoo.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fierce Creatures:, 23 April 2012
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A disapointing effort from the same cast that did the fantastic A Fish called Wanda. Same tired manic mannerisms and dialog from Cleese. The rest of the crew were ok, but it is such a lame plot that nothing here seems to work. A few laughs only.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh aloud film, 9 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
This is one of my all time favourites, rife with innuendo and fall-off-the-sofa funny in places. Highly recommended.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STAR FILLED FUN!, 6 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Popular actors and actresses have gathered together to create a fantastic film masterpiece. It includes stars such as John Cleese, Micheal Palin, Ronnie Corbet and Jamie Lee Curtis just to name just a few. They have joined forces and let loose a huge burst of Comedy.
Multi Billionaire Rod Mcainne has aquired Zoo whilst out taking over other businesses and who gets to run this waste of a Zoo? Of course it can only be John Cleese. His aim is to make the zoo make more money, and the only way he can do this is by showing to the public not cute fury animals, only FIERCE CREATURES! A must to anyone who enjoys the laughing stock of ultimats comedy!!!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PLEASE!!!!, 25 Feb 2005
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J. Riordan "jamjar11" (Caterham UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
This film was always going to be under the shadow of a fish called wanda, and many have written it off as a shabby sequel.
BUT
If you take the time to actually watch it you will see it is full of funny moments from
the vampire cleese to palins non stop talking keeper to cleeses 5 animal bedroom scene
deserves another sequel
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical British Farce, 29 July 2011
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'Fierce Creatures' appears to be a follow-on from 'A Fish Called Wanda': it has the same leading actors and each of these plays a similar personality to his/her character in 'A Fish..'. It's a typical British farce; funny though not in the same league as the latter. Worth buying & watching though. A Fish Called Wanda (Special Edition) [DVD] [1988]
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SCANDALISED, 23 May 2011
Item bought 17th April.
This 'review' created on 23rd May....no sign of merchandise yet!
I didn't want to give ANY star-rating, but that wasn't accepted.
So for one-star....read no-stars.
Not much else to say!
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