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Fish Called Wanda, A

Oh, the hype this generated at the time of its release, as you may recall. Isn’t Kevin Kline funny! No. Isn’t the script marvellous? Not really. How *did* they get Charles Crichton out of retirement? They paid him loads. When all the palaver was going on about how *fabulous* this all was they seemed to forget that the only one worth watching was Michael Palin. And isn’t it clever that Cleese’s character Archie Leech used Cary Grant’s real name? Not really, no. They could have used Boris Karloff’s real name. That would have been nearer the mark.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Good to read a more reasonable response to this ridiculously overhyped ‘classic’ here. I was a huge Python / Fawlty Towers fan when this was released, so much so that I bunked off school to go and watch it at the Cannon cinema. I soon wished I’d done double maths instead, like I was supposed to. I couldn’t, and still can’t see exactly why people fell for this in a big way. Clockwise, which came two years before and which Cleese seems pretty loath to discuss nowadays, pisses all over it to be honest.

  2. Richard Davies

    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Maybe it’s the scene where John Cleese strips off & suddenly finds the owners of the flat have come home early, or about the only time a 5 door Mini-Metro has been used as a getaway car?

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