A Fish Called Wanda
Release year: 1988
Director: Charles Crichton, John Cleese
Screenwriter: John Cleese, Charles Crichton
Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson, Patricia Hayes, Geoffrey Palmer
Ratings: 1 Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Kline), 2 Oscar nominations: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay. 3 Golden Globes nomination: Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actree Comedy/Musical (Jamie Lee Curtis), Best Actor Comedy/Musical (John Cleese).
Four very different people gets involved with a crime and each other as they get more and more caught up in lies and doublecrossing.
Written by John Cleese (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002) and starring him and his fellow Monty Python Michael Palin (Life of Brian, 1979) A Fish Called Wanda is one of the finest British comedies made. Despite co-starring Americans Lee Curtis (True Lies, 1994) ad Kline (French Kiss, 1995) the movie remains very British with its dark comedy and relaxed attitude as the story unfolds into a tangled web of doublecrossing and accidental pet murders. Lee Curtis expertly juggles two very different leading men in the flamboyant Kline and the innocent Cleese, managing to make chemistry with them both while Palin is exceptional as the stuttering Ken with a huge heart for animals.The team works so well together that the joined together again for the 1997 comedy Fierce Creatures. The movie is driven foreward by its great characters and unfortunate situations that keeps you guessing where it all ends, but the great comedian Cleese has no problem keeping the jokes in line and constantly steers the movie in the right direction and to satisfying ending. Genuinly funny and works just as well on the crime front as on the romance and comedy front, making this a true classic.
Michael Palin’s father stuttered, so Michael used a lot his real life experience when playing Ken, including the fact that Ken’s stutter is less pronounced around people he trusts (Tom and Wanda) and worse around people he is uncomfortable with (Otto). He dealt Ken’s handicap with such sensitivity that he was confronted by a group of stutters and ended up founding the London Centre for Stammering Children
Picture copyrights: UIP