A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

Charles Crichton (1988)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This hilarious tale of criminal incompetence and transatlantic eccentricity is easily John Cleese's finest achievement since Fawlty Towers. He excels as the uptight London barrister who becomes the dupe of scheming American thief Jamie Lee Curtis and her doltishly macho lover, Kevin Kline. But Cleese must share the credit for the film's international success with Charles Crichton, who, as the director of The Lavender Hill Mob, was the perfect choice for this sparkling blend of Ealing and Monty Python. Every piece of verbal or physical humour is a model of timing and restraint, whether it's Cleese's Russian-spouting striptease or the Oscar-winning Kline's merciless persecution of stuttering sidekick Michael Palin. This comedy also has an underlying darkness that recalls the work of Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder. And praise doesn't come much higher than that.


A stuffy English barrister representing a jewel thief is targeted by his client's partners in crime - a seductive American crook and her dim-witted would-be philosopher lover who will go to any lengths to discover where the diamonds from their last heist have been hidden. Crime comedy, starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin and Tom Georgeson.

Cast & Crew

Archie Leach John Cleese
Wanda Jamie Lee Curtis
Otto Kevin Kline
Ken Michael Palin
Wendy Maria Aitken
George Tom Georgeson
Mrs Coady Patricia Hayes
Judge Geoffrey Palmer
Portia Cynthia Cleese
Bartlett Ken Campbell
Hutchison Stephen Fry
Director Charles Crichton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama