FIERCE CREATURES
1997, Universal, 93 min, UK/USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young

The stars of A FISH CALLED WANDA reconvened for this underrated farce adapted from an idea by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Michael Palin. A series of corporate mergers brings Jamie Lee Curtis to the Marwood Zoo, where the institution’s director (John Cleese) and its owner (Kevin Kline, in a dual role) have differing ideas on how to boost profits. Among the schemes that goes hilariously wrong: a plan to purge the zoo of all animals that aren’t violent enough to draw crowds of onlookers.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
1971, Sony Repertory, 89 min, UK, Dir: Ian MacNaughton

A collection of sketches from the first two seasons of “Monty Python's Flying Circus” – all re-shot for this film - was the first taste most American viewers had of the iconic British comedy sextet. “Upper Class Twit of the Year,” “Nudge, Nudge,” “The Dead Parrot” and “The Lumberjack Song” are among the favorites seen here (along with Terry Gilliam’s trademark interstitial animation).


A FISH CALLED WANDA
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 108 min, USA/UK, Dir: Charles Crichton

A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge and seafood. It’s the Ealing Studios meets Monty Python and one of the funniest films ever made. Ealing great Charles Crichton (THE LAVENDER HILL MOB) directs John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin (“Don't call me stupid”) Kline in his Oscar-winning performance. The best slapstick comedy this side of the Marx Brothers. A movie that manages to be smart, dumb and mean all at the same time.


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