A Fish Called Wanda
was a heist-comedy released in 1988, and is still
considered today to be one of the funniest movies ever
released. The movie starred John Cleese as Archie
Leach, Kevin Kline as Otto West, and Jamie Lee
Curtis as Wanda Gershwitz. The movie was a huge
success at the box office, and critics loved it.
Kline even netted an Academy Award for his portrayal of
Otto. There was a sequel released in 1997 called
Fierce Creatures, but it did not do nearly as
well as the original.
In this movie, Wanda
and Otto are hired by jewel thieves George and Ken to
help steal some jewels. Wanda and Otto are lovers,
but pretend to be brother and sister to fool the
gangsters and steal the loot. After the duo
betrays George, they realize that the jewels have been
moved, and they must go about the business of finding
out where they were hidden. Unbeknownst to Otto,
Wanda plans on double-crossing him as well, and she
seduces the gangster's lawyer, Archie Leach, in order to
do whatever it takes to get her hands on the jewels.
During George's trial,
the drama unfolds in grand style, with all parties
involved trying to double-cross the other. At one
point, Otto eats the fish in Ken's aquarium to try to
get Ken to reveal the location of the jewels, eventually
eating all the fish but one, a fish called Wanda.
In the end, Wanda does manage to double-cross them all,
and she and Archie fly off to South America together.