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A Fish Called Wanda
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In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob) to produce another classic of British comedy.
Cleese plays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin s animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches...
Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline s outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto, A Fish Called Wanda has stood the test of time, earning its rightful place among its creators remarkable comedy pedigree.
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The funniest movie I have seen in a long time. --Roger Ebert
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Great performances by all, extremely funny, and a satisfying ending. It's not Citizen Kane, but it's not Jackass either - some good high and lowbrow humor for all.
The film is definitely a comedy but seriously acted. John Cleese, best known for "Monty Python" and especially the "Faulty Towers" series, is a serious barrister charged with getting the gang's leader off the hook. Until Jamie Lee Curtis' character enters, all seems to be going well. She wants the jewels for herself but needs to learn where there are. But wait, there is a witness. Watch out!
And so it goes with plenty of serious laughs.
Well worth seeing.