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A Fish Called Wanda Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Sean Axmaker

Kevin Kline took home an Oscar for his performance as a self-absorbed lothario who prepares for lovemaking by drinking in his own "manly" musk, but it would be hard to single him out as the best thing about the film. The fact is, the entire cast of this hilarious comedy is perfect: John Cleese as the conservative barrister defending a member of sexy Jamie Lee Curtis's gang, Ms. Curtis as the conniving crook out to grab the haul for herself, and Michael Palin as the stuttering, animal-loving hit man whose attempts to murder a little old lady only decrease the size of her poodle pack. Cleese cowrote the zingy script with British comedy veteran Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob), whose smooth direction balances Monty Python farce, hysterically tasteless gags, and an unexpectedly romantic subplot with style and confidence.

Academy Awards

A Fish Called Wanda received an Academy Award for Supporting Actor (Kevin Kline). A Fish Called Wanda also received Academy Awards nominations for Director (Charles Crichton) and for Writing - Screenplay (Written Directly For The Screen; John Cleese, Charles Crichton) .

 

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Director: John Cleese

Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: July 15, 1988

Availability: DVD VHS


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