A Fish Called Wanda | 1988

Directed by: Charles Crichton, John Cleese

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Main Plot

A group of eccentric criminals team up to steal a valuable diamond. However, their plans go awry when they double-cross each other, leading to a hilarious and chaotic series of events involving mistaken identities, love triangles, and lots of laughs.


  • John Cleese's character in A Fish Called Wanda is named Archie Leach, a barrister who gets involved in a diamond heist.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis plays the character Wanda Gershwitz, a seductive con artist involved in a diamond heist.
  • Archie Leach, played by Kevin Kline, is a dimwitted, trigger-happy thief in the plot of A Fish Called Wanda.


In the end, the heist is successful, and the main characters find themselves in a Mexican villa with the stolen diamonds. However, their greed and betrayal lead to a series of comedic misunderstandings and mishaps. Eventually, Otto, one of the thieves, is arrested, while the others escape. Wanda, the seductive con artist, ends up with the diamonds and George, the bumbling lawyer, gets away with a portion of the loot. As they part ways, it is revealed that Wanda has tricked Archie, the mastermind behind the heist, and she leaves him empty-handed. The film concludes with a comedic twist, leaving the audience amused and entertained.

Charles Crichton, John Cleese