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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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZEU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,941 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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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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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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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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Charles (Ealing) Crichton’s swansong proved to be a riotous black comedy with a host of star turns – it even features a very youthful-looking Stephen Fry in an early role. Based around a diamond-heist perpetrated by an eclectic bunch of villains – including Tom Georgeson’s menacing mastermind George, Kevin Kline’s buffoonish gun-lover Otto, Jamie-Lee Curtis’ lissom Wanda, and Michael Palin’s stuttering fish fanatic Ken. Completing the cast is John Cleese as browbeaten lawyer Archie, who falls in love with Wanda and becomes caught-up in the mayhem that ensues when George is framed by Wanda and Otto and put on trial.

Memorable scenes include Otto torturing Ken by stuffing hot chips up his nose and eating his pet fish one by one; Archie dancing naked for Wanda and being surprised by the new tenants of the flat they are in; and the final act set in Heathrow airport. It’s fair to say however, that the movie is simply one great scene after another, and with all the cast at the top of their games, this remains a true British comedy classic – despite the musical score and some key cultural shifts, feeling a little dated.
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Bought at full price, I do not give praise easily but place honest straight forward honest reviews with good, the bad and the ugly as applicable.
Wacky and weird with lots of entertaining sequences, the former, monty pythons team are great. Most is totally family friendly but maybe best to leave primary school kids to after you have viewed and make your own decision. Well worth the money and the time to watch
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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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Gosh - what can one say. If you like typical English humour, John Cleese and Co. etc. - then you cannot go wrong with this film! Kevin Kline is magnificently thick as a short plank (and that is being unfair to short planks), Michael Palin touches many an animal-lovers inner feelings, Jamie Lee Curtis uses every ounce of her feminine wiles and is as slippery as a box of eels, the plot is fast, furious, fantastic with some wonderful slightly menacing parts.. I cannot believe there is anyone out there who has not seen this film, but if there is... beg, borrow or buy it!
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