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A Fish Called Wanda  ( 1988)

 

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Running Length: 98 minutes
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Editorial Overview 
   If it is indeed possible for a film to be both stylish and tasteless, then A Fish Called Wanda certainly fills the bill. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an ambitious con artist who uses every ounce of her sexual wiles to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her gangster lover Tom Georgeson. First, she romances Georgeson's dimwitted but deadly henchman Kevin Kline (who won an Academy Award for his performance). Then, to clear the path for her getaway with Kline, Jamie woos Georgeson's starched-shirt attorney, John Cleese -- and it's Cleese whom she genuinely falls in love with! Michael Palin, Cleese's former Monty Python cohort, steals the show as a stuttering mob flunkey who continually messes up his one big assignment: killing a little old lady (it isn't that he has any qualms about knocking off the old dear; it's just that her pet dogs keep getting in the way). Scripted by star John Cleese, A Fish Called Wanda admittedly has the capacity to offend a great many viewers; but many also think it's one of the best farces of the 1980s. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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