John Cleese takes on the "no honor amongst thieves" theme with a heist caper which steadily paces the (often violent, often hysterical, sometimes both at once) absurd exploration of the tropes, capped by Otto, in an award winning turn by Kevin Kline...An extra treat for Pythonites, the hapless Ken, portrayed by Michael Palin...
Showcase for Jamie Lee Curtis in comedic roles and Kevin Kline in general sort of winds up being a showcase for how hunky John Cleese was in the 70's and 80's. I'm serious, he was really, really hot. I mean- Kevin, who? (Of course, if Kevin Kline's role had been filled by Bryan Cranston, I'd have a greater personal conflict on my hands.)
Everbody here seems to consider this one as a masterpiece of British comedy. I found this film very silly with grotesque situations and pale caricatures...not funny and the cheesy 80s mood makes it even worse. Just my opinion. Maybe you'll say that I don't have any sense of humor. I don't give a damn.
Molto carino,con spruzzate di quel tipico humor inglese a volte un pò banalotto ma sempre gradevole.La trama non è molto arzigogolata,si segue bene,i personaggi sono carini e quasi mai enfatici,e le gag sono piacevoli(quella col montaggio alternato del doppio menage è forse la migliore).Finale un pò sottotono, ma cmq resta una pellicola assolutamente apprezzabile.
Fitfully amusing if generally lacking in style and aplomb. The lineage to the much earlier Ealing Studios comedies seems tacked-on to this film like an undeserved old-age rosette (on account of a shared director). There's a coarseness of situation and too much bad language to provide anything other than a bridge to nowhere.
Incredibly funny and has one particularly inspired performance from Kevin Kline as an eccentric criminal. It combines elements of noir and British comedy perfectly blended to a humorous pitch. The third act is a bit too wacky for my tastes but it still merits a viewing.