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#812. A Fish Called Wanda

  • Year: 1988
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English/Italian/Russian
  • Production: MGM, 108m
  • Director: Charles Crichton
  • Producer: Michael Shamberg
  • Screenplay: John Cleese
  • Photography: Alan Hume
  • Music: John Du Prez
  • Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
  • Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor
  • Oscar Noms: Best Director, Best Screenplay

Abridged Book Description

A caper comedy of manners and not so subtle Anglo-American cultural disconnects, the success of Charles Crichton's A Fish Called Wanda lay in its treatment of stereotypical gangster types. First is the absurd motif of the piece that rests on the communication skills of a man with a lifetime stutter. Then there's a psycho killer rendered as an oversensitive nincompoop manipulated by a femme fatale with a debilitating erotic weakness for romance languages. Last is the straight-laced hero, no more than a cloistered man with great passions, but also someone with an almost pathological knack for receiving the butt end of bad situations.