A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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Director: Charles Crichton
Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin


A gang of armed robbers double-cross each other when their attempts to dispose of a witness go repeatedly wrong. A reputable barrister is drawn into the fray.

The Review

A Lavender Hill Mob for the 80s, with added wackiness and profanity. Cleese happily has a lower-register role than his hotelier or headmaster, and it is Kline who particularly impresses as a manically offensive yank, whom Miss Curtis leaves for the more idiomatically exotic Cleese. Crichton whips up a delightful gamut of rakish angles and comically timed shots, in a rare comedy of the era to build its laughs around a story.