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A Fish Called Wanda

A crooked foursome commits the heist of the century and is about to get away ... until the London police arrest one of them. Can the three on the lam (Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline) persuade their comrade's lawyer (John Cleese) to reveal the stolen loot's location? Kline won an Oscar for his performance, but the laugh-out-loud funny film also drew nominations for its writing (Cleese) and directing (Charles Crichton).
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
NYT Review
London jewel heist. Eccentric, often funny farce. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 96%
Critics' score: 96   Audience score: 77   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Wanda defies gravity, in both senses of the word, and redefines a great comic tradition. full review

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine

Like many of the best English comedies, much of the humor here is based on character, good-natured high spirits, and fairly uninhibited vulgarity. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Though it is less tasteless, irreverent and satirical than the Python pics, film still is wacky and occasionally outrageous in its own, distinctly British way. full review

Variety Staff, Variety

It's not easy to describe the movie's accumulating dimness or to understand what went wrong. full review

Vincent Canby, New York Times

It'll keep you amused enough to sit still and even remember it fondly. But it seems a light day's fishing for Messers Cleese and Palin. full review

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

It's a deliciously dishy comedy, but like sushi an acquired taste. full review

Rita Kempley, Washington Post

The funniest movie I have seen in a long time. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

When it comes to comedians, everyone has their favorite. Mine is John Cleese. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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  • Release Year: 1988
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Available From: Aug 01, 2012
  • Queued by: 388 people
Cast
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Michael Palin
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