Four thieves rob a jewelry store and try to double-cross one
another for the loot, and a lawyer gets drawn into the crazy mess.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Directed by Charles Crichton
Written by John Cleese
Starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline,
Michael Palin, Tom Georgeson, Maria Aitken
Oscar Wins - Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Kline)
Oscar Nominations - Best Director, Best Original Screenplay
A Fish Called Wanda is a highly enjoyable British comedy classic that excels thanks to the hilarious performances and impeccable chemistry of its four leads. John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin are perfect together, and they play witless jewel thieves so well. The story is unique and entertaining, and there are so many wild scenes that will keep you roaring from beginning to end. I mean, Kevin Kline eating tropical fish from Michael Palin's fish tank is enough to make this a classic.
George (Georgeson), Ken (Palin), Otto (Kline), and Wanda (Curtis) plan an intricate jewelry heist and subsequent escape. But Wanda and Otto are secretly lovers and they plan a double-cross. But George hid the loot before he got arrested. And only he knows where. Wanda, in an effort to get her hands on the loot, seduces George's lawyer Archie Leach (Cleese), but things change when the two fall in love, much to Otto's chagrin. Otto, who is completely insane, is jealous and tries to kill Archie on several occasions. It's just a wild ride from start to finish, with Kline winning an Oscar for his portrayal of one of comedy's greatest idiots, Otto.
There are so many great moments in A Fish Called Wanda. It's got that Monty Python flavor that Cleese is so good at bringing to the table, and it's fantastic to see him and Palin together again, even if it is for only one scene. This movie is hysterical and will keep you in stitches the entire time. Definitely a must-see for comedy buffs.