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2,228 Ratings

A Fish Called Wanda

Directed by Charles Crichton
United Kingdom, United States, 1988
Comedy, Crime


An ambitious and sexy con artist uses every tool at her disposal to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by her mobster lover. To help in her plan, she woo’s first her lover’s deadly henchman and then his attorney, eventually falling in love with one of them.

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A Fish Called Wanda Directed by Charles Crichton

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1989 | Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1989 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

BAFTA Awards

1989 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

1989 | 7 nominations including: Best Film

Directors Guild of America

1989 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

After years of hideous, haphazard comedies like, say, 2015’s Trainwreck or Spy, it’s a relief to watch a gently lit farce directed with wry understatement. It’s not visually flamboyant, and the camera’s still oriented primarily toward capturing performance, but it’s also full of subtle framing and repositioning that strengthen its gags.
February 09, 2017
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Everything Otto does is ridiculous, but at least he’s in constant motion; his kinetic energy has a certain primitive appeal, as does his irrepressible nature, and his penchant for just blurting out whatever’s on his mind, without fretting about the consequences… Few films have been so predicated on a national rivalry; fewer still have pulled it off with so little rancor, and so much warmth.
May 01, 2014
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…A film that channels much of the effortless wit and energy of Monty Python’s work that also possesses its own personality.
July 12, 2013
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