A Fish Called Wanda

  • Sun Sept 10
    7:00
A Fish Called Wanda

with CU Provost’s Visiting Professor (and Monty Python alum) John Cleese with Professor Jonathan Kirshner
advanced tickets available at CornellCinemaTickets.com

director:
Charles Chrichton
cast:
John Cleese, Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

"Monty Python’s John Cleese wrote, directed and stars in the funniest heist movie ever made. In it, George, a wealthy thief, his seductive American girlfriend Wanda (Curtis), a stuttering animal lover, Ken (Palin), and a Nietzsche-reading numbskull, Otto (Kline), steal a load of diamonds. Otto and Wanda double-cross George, but their plans fail as he has moved the diamonds without telling them. In an attempt to find their location, Wanda woos George’s lawyer, Archie (Cleese), a posh Brit who loathes his life and loves Wanda for her free-spiritedness which is a marked contrast to the English’s mortal fear of embarrassment—to paraphrase him. For the rest of the film, everybody basically takes turns lying to each other in the verbal equivalent of those Scooby-Doo scenes set in multi-doored hallways, before Wanda chooses the man she wants to spend her life with. Jamie Lee Curtis slays, John Cleese plays the perfect straight man and Kevin Kline delivers an all-time comedic performance as a delightfully unhinged idiot who can’t stand to be called stupid, for which he won an Oscar. Like a lot of Python, it’s brilliant silliness that’s occasionally interrupted by jaw-droppingly concise observations on the human condition. Like a sweet potato for your brain, it’s both tasty and nutritious.” (John Flynn, complex.com/pop-culture/2017/05/the-25-best-heist-movies-of-all-time)

website: complex.com/pop-culture/2017/05/the-25-best-heist-movies-of-all-time/a-fish-called-wanda

format
BluRay color
runtime
1 hour 47 minutes
release year/country
1988 UK