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A Fish Called Wanda

  • Film

Time Out says

A perfectly old-fashioned romantic comedy, big on caper, generous on Ealing, and heavy on the twisted stereotypes. Cleese scripts and stars as London barrister Archie Leach, hired to defend a gem thief, and earning a much-vaunted 'sex symbol' tag with the affections of gangster's moll Wanda Gershwitz (Curtis). It's a plot too jagged to document in full - Where are the gems? Who has the safe-deposit key? Who's betraying whom? Is the London Underground really a political movement? - but the interest lies less in outcome than in character: Palin as a madly stuttering, animal-loving dog-murderer, Kline as a maybe-CIA cruel paranoid pseud who's intermittently Wanda's lover/gay brother, and Cleese and Curtis as the most unlikely rug-tearers since Miller and Monroe. There's nothing deep, nothing ground-breaking, but it's a never-dull, tightly scripted yarn with some very funny gags.
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Release Details

  • Duration:108 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Charles Crichton
  • Screenwriter:John Cleese
  • Cast:
    • John Cleese
    • Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Kevin Kline
    • Michael Palin
    • Maria Aitken
    • Tom Georgeson
    • Patricia Hayes
    • Geoffrey Palmer
    • Stephen Fry
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