A Fish Called Wanda
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Tour-de-force performances from an unparalleled comic cast highlight this much-loved hit that Roger Ebert calls "the funniest movie I have seen in a long time." Monty Pythoners John Cleese and Michael Palin (Search For The Holy Grail, The Meaning Of Life) join Oscar® winner Kevin Kline (In & Out) and Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies) in an entertainment so impeccably timed and executed that Time Magazine hailed it as: "Genius, [a film that] redefines a great comic tradition."
Four conniving jewel thieves...three yorkshire terriers...two heaving bosoms and one proper British barrister. It all adds up to "a non-stop barrage of...outrageous plot twists and over-the top performances" (L.A. Weekly) when a girl called Wanda (Curtis) tries to deceive her Nietzche-quoting boyfriend (Kline), an animal-loving hitman (Palin) and an embarrassment-prone counselor (Cleese) out of a fortune in jewels in this hilariously funny farce.
- Audio Commentary with Actor/Writer John Cleese
- Over 25 minutes of Deleted and Alternate Scenes
- John Cleese's First Farewell Performance
- Something's Fishy Making-of Documentary
- Easter Eggs, Previews, and More!
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All of the players here are excellent. Kline won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role (one of the few times a comedic performance won), and Palin is wonderful as K-K-K Ken (as Otto affectionately calls him), the killer who loves animals. The film gets a bit nasty, but then it's British, so this is to be expected. This film, despite a modern setting, is really reminiscent of Crichton's Ealing comedies, and I think that's what makes it very funny and special. There's a real craft at work here, and it makes all modern comedies look like amateur theatrics.
I bought this DVD back in 2009 and left it sitting unopened on a shelf with my other DVDs. Last night I finally opened the package for the first time and tried to watch it and the disc wouldn't even play. Started stuttering in the opening scene and never got better. After 5 minutes of the movie stuttering and jumping around I finally turned it off. Very aggravating.
Thinking it might be the DVD player I got out my old DVD player that I'd recently replaced with a blu ray player and tried to play it on that one as well with the same result.
Bottom line, the disk is defective/poor quality. Seeing as I bought this 2 years ago I'm not very confident that Amazon would even consider replacing it so I'm just going to have to eat the loss.
Can't recommend this product at all. I'd give it zero stars if possible.
Fish called Wanda, of course, has a trio of talented comic actors: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline plus: Michael Palin, also of Monte Python fame, enacting a wacky plot. An American woman flirts with a crook, a barrister and a mercenary to find diamonds in London. Kevin Kline took home an Oscar for his performance as a self-absorbed lothario who prepares for lovemaking by drinking in his own "manly" musk. However, the entire cast of this hilarious comedy is perfect: John Cleese as the conservative barrister defending a member of sexy Jamie Lee Curtis's gang, Ms. Curtis as the conniving crook out to grab the haul for herself, and Michael Palin as the stuttering, animal-loving hit man whose attempts to murder a little old lady only decrease the size of her poodle pack. Cleese cowrote the script with British comedy veteran Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob), whose smooth direction balances Monty Python farce, hysterically tasteless gags, and an unexpectedly romantic subplot with style and confidence.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels also has a trio of three talented comic actors playing off each other: Michael Caine and Steve Martin, both of whom I adore, the late Glenne Headley, who may be a bit overmatched in this company, and as bonuses Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris, directed by Frank Oz. A rich little town on the French Riviera in season is too small for Caine and Martin, both conmen who prey on naïve American women: they hilariously fight it out.
Throw Momma From the Train stars Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey, Kate Mulgrew, was directed by Danny DeVito. This is a comic take on Patricia Highsmith’s brilliant Strangers on a Train. De Vito is studying writing in Billy Crystal’s adult education class; as in the Highsmith original, he wants Crystal to kill his bullying mother; in return, he will kill Crystal’s inconvenient wife. This lackluster comedy always fell flat for me, still does.
But the price is great, and to quote Meatloaf, two out of three aint bad.
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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I know stuttering Groups at the time were outraged,
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