A Fish Called Wanda (1988)



Critic Consensus: Smartly written, smoothly directed, and solidly cast, A Fish Called Wanda offers a classic example of a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.

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An ambitious and sexy con artist uses every tool at her disposal to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her mobster lover. To help in her plan, she woo's first her lover's deadly henchman and then his attorney, eventually falling in love with one of them.
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Charles Crichton , John Cleese
Written By: John Cleese , Charles Crichton
In Theaters: wide


John Cleese
as Archie Leach
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Wanda Gerschwitz
Maria Aitken
as Wendy Leach
Patricia Hayes
as Mrs. Coady
Peter Jonfield
as Inspector
Mark Elwes
as Shop Customer
Neville Phillips
as Shop Manager
Al Ashton
as Warder
Roger Hume
as Locksmith
Kate Lansbury
as Magistrate
Jeremy Child
as Mr. Johnson
Pamela Miles
as Mrs. Johnson
David Simeon
as Court Clerk
Tia Lee
as Prosecution Counsel
Robert Putt
as Police Officer
Anthony Pedley
as Irate Driver
Robert McBain
as Hotel Clerk
Clare McIntyre
as Airline Employee
Charu Bala Chokshi
as Indian Cleaner
Stephen Fry
as Hutchison
Tom Piggot-Smith
as Johnson Child, 13
Katherine John
as Johnson Child
Sophie Johnstone
as Johnson Child
Sharon Twomey
as Junior Barrister #1
Patrick Newman
as Junior Barrister #2
Waydon Croft
as Prison Officer #1
John Dixon
as Prison Officer #2
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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (13)

Perhaps the most unusual aspect of what is surely the year's most original and daring comedy is that John Cleese is not the funniest performer in it. Believe it or not, that honor goes to none other than the usually somber Kevin Kline.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Somehow, the movie manages to do the impossible: It makes John Cleese less than hilarious.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Low comedy at high speed, it pretends to be a caper movie about a smooth London jewel heist and its infinitely complex aftermath. Actually, it's a smart farce about ingrained cultural differences.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie's basic joke holds that the overbearing, unselfconscious Americans will do anything and say anything (and usually as loudly as possible), while the timorous British are nearly too polite to breathe.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Wanda defies gravity, in both senses of the word, and redefines a great comic tradition.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Like many of the best English comedies, much of the humor here is based on character, good-natured high spirits, and fairly uninhibited vulgarity.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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