A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda
Comedy, Crime
1988

Director: Charles Crichton, John Cleese (uncredited) Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson, Cynthia Cleese

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Kevin Kline)

Also Nominated For: Best Director (Charles Crichton); Best Original Screenplay (John Cleese & Charles Crichton)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to double-cross each other for the loot.

Did You Know? John Cleese chose the name Archie Leach, because he was born 20 miles from where Cary Grant was born. Cary Grant’s real name was Archibald Leach.

Quotables: ARCHIE: You see, Wanda, we’re all terrified of embarrassment. And that’s why we’re all… dead.

And now a Word from the Guise:
John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Maria Aitken are the epitome of perfection in this smart and whimsical farce. I particularly loved Kevin Kline’s quirky turn as the short-tempered dimwit.

I loved the scenes where Ken (Michael Palin) kept trying to kill the little old lady, but kept accidentally killing her dogs. I normally hate it when animals are killed in movies, but his series of mishaps were just hysterically funny. The scene with the steamroller at the end had me stitches, I was laughing so hard.

It’s so refreshing to come across an Oscar-winning comedy, especially when you’re trying to do a marathon of Oscar winners. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve really enjoyed more than half of the ones I’ve watched so far, but it does get emotionally draining watching drama after drama.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233