A Fish Called Wanda Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of A Fish Called Wanda

Diamond-loving American Wanda (Curtis) has come to London with her demented, self-loving, and Nietzsche-quoting boyfriend Otto (Kline) in hopes of pulling off an armed diamond heist. The couple team up with two Brits, George (Tom Georgeson) and Ken (Palin), a stuttering animal lover who plots to kill his annoying elderly neighbor but keeps knocking off her little dogs, much to his sorrow. After the heist, the four conspirators turn on one another in an attempt to keep the loot for themselves. Wanda and Otto inform on George and get him locked up, little knowing that he has already stashed the diamonds somewhere else. It appears that George's lawyer, prim and straight-laced Archie Leach (Cleese), may be the only (free) person who knows where the grand haul is hidden, so Wanda sets out to seduce Archie, much to Otto's discomfort. This 1988 film is a delightful, hilarious hoot, cowritten and codirected by Cleese and 78-year-old Charles Crichton, once the director of 1951's "Lavender Hill Mob" and a number of 1960s "Avengers" episodes. Kline won his only Oscar (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting role) for Otto, and Cleese chose as his character's name the true birth name of Cary Grant, who was born in the same town as Cleese, Weston-Super-Mare.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Greedy jewel thieves plot against each other in order to get their huge diamond heist. It's up to the buxom Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis) to seduce the uptight,very proper English lawyer Archie Leach(John Cleese) in order to find the whereabouts of their stolen loot.Pure madness ensues when Wanda's macho lover Otto(Kevin Kline) and the hapless, stuttering Ken(Michael Palin) get involved in this laugh-a-minute comic masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Derek Elmore

A gang of jewel thieves thwarted by their own greed get mixed up with a bumbling lawyer. Madness and Mayham follow.
The review of this Movie prepared by Scott

Script Analysis of A Fish Called Wanda

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   gangsters/crime    -   criminals

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing nude male butt

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