A Fish Called Wanda
Has there ever been a more, um, interesting cast of characters that the gaggle of loonies we got in 1988’s A Fish Called Wanda?
Kevin Kline as former CIA operative Otto, Michael Palin as the stuttering animal-lover Ken, Jamie Lee Curtis as American con artist Wanda, and John Cleese as frumpy barrister Archie Leash (make that ‘Leach’), the man who links them all together.
It all starts with a nifty little bit of thievery as the gang (led by Tom Georgeson, playing George Thomason) nab a mint’s worth of diamonds. But just as quickly as they get the loot, everything goes to hell in a handbasket.
Not only did a kindly old lady (and her flock of Yorkies) witness the getaway, George moves the loot before anyone can betray him and take it for themselves.
Over the next ninety minutes, hilarity ensues, including a glimpse at Otto’s lack of driving skills (Ass-hoooolllle!), Wanda seducing Archie, much to the chagrin of Archie’s wife (Oh, look, it’s got a ‘wuh’ for Wendy!), Ken’s failed attempts to bump off the old lady (which results in the deaths of three little Yorkies), and, yes, poor Ken getting french fries stuck up his nose.
In the end, of course, everything works out as Archie and Wanda fly away, leaving Otto squished into a bed of fresh cement and Ken getting his… REVENGE!! (and losing his stutter, too).
A Fish Called Wanda did really well for itself when it opened in July 1988. It went on to earn $62 million and finish the year at #12. N-n-n-not t-t-t-too sh-sh-shabby.
“Aristotle was not Belgian, the principle of Buddhism is not “every man for himself”, and the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.”
We ♥ A Fish Called Wanda.