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A Fish Called Wanda

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United Kingdom, United States · 1988
Rated R · 1h 49m
Director Charles Crichton
Starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
Genre Comedy, Crime

British gangster George Thomason and his hapless sidekick draft a pair of cocky, American criminals to help with a massive diamond heist. When it doesn't go as planned, Wanda, the American con artist, tries to seduce George's friends to find out where the diamonds are hidden.

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With British-American culture clash as its dominant theme, A Fish Called Wanda bristles with wit, enlivened by delightfully over-the-top ensemble acting.


USA Today by Mike Clark

This crumbled-caper comedy is the funniest movie ever from a film maker late in his eighth decade. [22 July 1988, Life, p.4D]


San Francisco Chronicle by Peter Stack

I laughed so hard, my eyes watered. I laughed so loud, I lost track of whether anyone else was laughing. I laughed so much, I ached afterwards. [29 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]


Time by Richard Schickel

Think of A Fish Called Wanda as the next best thing to a Looney Tunes-Merrie Melodies summerfest…Wanda defies gravity, in both senses of the word, and redefines a great comic tradition. [July 18, 1988]

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