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Product Details

  • Actors: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken
  • Directors: Charles Crichton
  • Producers: Michael Shamberg
  • Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM / 20th Century Fox
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005AJTOFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Kevin Kline, who won an Oscar® for his role, joins John Cleese and Michael Palin (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian) and sexy Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies) in this hilariously funny farce. The laughs come fast and furious when a girl called Wanda (Curtis) tries to cheat her Nietzsche-quoting boyfriend (Kline), an animal-loving hitman (Palin) and an embarrassment-prone counselor (Cleese) out of a fortune in jewels.

Special Features:

- Audio Commentary by John Cleese

- Something Fishy Documentary

- John Cleese's First Farewell Performance Featurette

- Farewell Featurette: John Cleese

- Kulture Vulture Featurette

- Deleted & Alternate Scenes

- Jamie Lee Curtis' Halloween Memento

- The Key to Wanda's Heart

- John Cleese's Thoughts on the U.S.A.

- A Message from John Cleese

- Theatrical Trailer

Customer Reviews

Very funny movie.
A. E. Curmi
Great acting from Kevin Kline, John Cleese and Michael Palin.
Leslie Powell
I love how this movie makes me laugh out loud every time.
Kathleen S. Brush

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 10, 2002
Format: DVD
Starting with the commonplace idea of a jewel robbery gone maniacally wrong, actor John Cleese and director Charles Crichton manage have created a madcap comedy that remains fresh, even after 10 years. George (Tom Georgeson), assisted by his girlfriend Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis), his best pal Ken (Michael Palin) and Wanda's 'brother' Otto (Kevin Kline) has orchestrated a robbery that has only one fatal flaw - none of the participants have any intention of sharing the loot. In short order, double-crosses seem to grow on trees and George finds himself under arrest. It is only fitting that Wanda and Otto simultaneously discover that the jewels have been moved 'for safekeeping.'
It doesn't take very long for Wanda to figure out that her only hope of regaining the loot is through George's barrister, Archie Leach (John Cleese). Wanda works at seducing Leach while fighting of Otto's psychotic fits of jealousy. Ken, in the meantime, attempts repeatedly to kill the only witness, an elderly woman. Unfortunately, he manages to assassinate all three of her dogs in the process.
This is a set up for the combination of slapstick, vulgarity, and tongue-in-cheek comedy that British films are noted for and Americans love and it is delivered with an almost evil verve. Cleese is determined to take no prisoners, and the landscape is littered with car crashes, fallen masonry, savaged canines (fake savaged canines, please) and hapless victims. Only the fish (also called Wanda) has no funny lines, and fares no better than her companion 'Lunch' does.
The film has an R rating, which I think is exaggerated. In reality, its vulgarity and sexual innuendo are hardly noticeable when compared to what is accepted today.
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78 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Raxter VINE VOICE on February 26, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
NOTE: This review is about the 1998 version of the DVD. Newer releases may be better quality.

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This film is definitely on my top ten list of funniest movies of all time, with "Some Like it Hot," "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation" and the Monty Python masterpieces...

But this DVD is atrocious. The soundtrack is all in the center channel... haven't heard anything worse since I gave up watching a TV with a 3 inch speaker. The theme song is burbled and warbly. There is no separation -- even to the front speakers. The dialog is flat as a flitter.

The picture quality is a hair better than off the air, rabbit ear antennae reception. At times the picture is choppy and halting -- as if you were watching it on a rental video that has been viewed too many times.

The only extra is the film's trailer.

Wait for a re-release before buying!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy A. Ellis on May 10, 1999
Format: DVD
I love the movie "A Fish Called Wanda". It is one of my all time favorite movies. If you haven't seen it, go rent/buy it - there is no better time to see it, now that it is on DVD!
Therefore, this is a review of the DVD - not the movie. The DVD has a very good presentation of the movie - the best you can watch at home (as mentioned above). However, the sound is lacking - dull mono. Maybe this movie was originally recorded in mono, but I would be surprised.
Next there is the lack of extras - you get the trailer and "cast notes" but virtually nothing else... just a dumb fish screen saver.
I don't mean to be so down on this DVD, it isn't terrible, it is just a disappointment to think of all of the unrealized potential. First of all, there is the sound. Then, there was no behind the scenes featurette, no comentaries, no deleted scenes, nothing. With Kline, Cleese, Palin and Curtis in the cast, there could have been all kinds of killer extras. But there wasn't...
At this point I would give this DVD 3 stars. However, it earns an extra star because MGM bowed to pressure and put it out in Widescreen. They originally planned on P&S only.
So thanks a lot, MGM, but now get busy on a "Collectors Edition".
Jeremy
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Congratulations to the American Film Institute for recognizing the hilarity of this movie and voting it one of the 100 Funniest Movies. I saw "A Fish Called Wanda" at the theater when it was first released and my friend and I laughed so loudly that we were almost asked to leave. It's just a great at home...plus people won't stare at you.
The performances of all four leads are exceptional, not just Kevin Kline's Oscar-winning Otto ("It means eight"). I've been a fan of John Cleese and Michael Palin forever and, whether Python fan or not, they'll have you rolling on the floor. Palin's stutter is brilliant especially when he's trying to tell Cleese the name of the hotel ("Sing it, Ken! Sing it!"). John Cleese is subtle and surprisingly real (I know, I was surprised too) and Jamie Lee Curtis is terrific.
In this age of Political correctness, it's fun to watch a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. This movie is what a comdey movie should be: hysterically funny.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Gawlitta on February 2, 2003
Format: DVD
There's nothing more to say about the crazy plot that hasn't been blabbed away before. Important here is that the great Charles Crichton was nominated for Best Director, after 50 years of respectability. Amusing is that, though Kevin Kline won the Oscar, he wasn't nominated by BAFTA (British Academy); they gave it to Palin. Both are great! Jamie Lee Curtis is perfect, and John Cleese used all of his "Monty Python" humor to create an Oscar nominated script (with Crichton).15 years later, this is fresh and fun and worthy of repeated viewings, and watching the British writers let the Americans make fun of them (they all end up looking stupid), you can't help but laugh. Unnoticed my many is the great performance of Maria Aitken (Wendy, Cleese's wife). She a totally committed insensitive beast. She was great. Also ignored, was the lovely score of John du Prez, most original. Give yourself a laugh, and forget the real world. This is fun! Oh, DO shut up, Portia.
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