A Fish Called Wanda was the hugely successful  American-British heist comedy film.  Co-written by ex Monty Python star John Cleese, the film was also notable for a performance of another ex-Monty Python star: Michael Palin.

The film was director Charles Cricton’s final film and was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, winning Best Supporting Actor for Kline. Cleese and Palin won BAFTA Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for their performances.


In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.









John Cleese as Archie Leach
Jamie Lee Curtis as Wanda Gershwitz
Kevin Kline as Otto West
Michael Palin as Ken Pile
Maria Aitken as Wendy Leach
Tom Georgeson as George Thomason
Patricia Hayes as Mrs Eileen Coady
Cynthia Cleese as Portia Leach
Geoffrey Palmer as Judge
Roger Brierley as Davidson
Llewellyn Rees as Sir John
Stephen Fry as Hutchison
John Bird as Clerk of the Magistrate’s Court (uncredited)



Written By: John Cleese and Charles Crichton
Screenplay By: John Cleese
Produced By: Michael Shamberg
Directed By: Charles Crichton and John Cleese (uncredited)
Release Dates:
July 15th, 1988 (US & CAN)
October 14th, 1988 (UK)

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