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   A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988) 

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CAST
Jamie Lee Curtis
Kevin Kline
John Cleese
Michael Palin
Maria Aitken
Tom Georgeson
Patricia Hayes
Cynthia Cleese

DIRECTED BY
Charles Crichton

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 108 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Crime

Won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Kline). Nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.


SYNOPSIS: In London, a disparate foursome of criminals teams up to commit armed robbery, then perpetrates one scheme after another in an effort to doublecross each other for the loot.

BOTTOM LINE: Without a doubt one of my favorite movies, this masterful blend of British snobbery and American boisterousness creates a comedy gem that has me chuckling just thinking about it. Perfect casting and brilliant writing make this film both devilishly clever and outrageously silly...and sometimes in the same moment. Kline and Cleese are well matched as the wildly divergent suitors (brawn vs. brains) for Jamie Lee's heart and body. She's so good at using her womanly "gifts" neither of them realize they're being manipulated to serve her own purposes – which is to make off with the loot alone. She's the true mastermind behind the proceedings, but what she fails to anticipate is that lust/greed will make men do crazy, crazy things.

WANDA is a delightful mix of witty bantor, lusty interplay and hilareously cruel physical comedy. Only a film made in the UK could get away with some of the sight gags portrayed here. With the "love triangle" at the forefront of the story, Palin's weak-willed stutterer almost gets lost in the shuffle, but he makes the most of his limited screentime and gets the best revenge in the end. Only an actor of Kline's caliber could turn a brutal, idiotic character like Otto into an Oscar-winning performance. It's rare for a comedic role to win awards, but there's no doubt he deserved every one. A must-see comedy confection that will leave you breathless with laughter.




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