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Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 1999

R|1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary
British gangster George Thomason (Tom Georgeson) and his hapless aide, Ken Pile (Michael Palin), draft a pair of arrogant Americans, grifter Wanda Gerschwitz (Jamie Lee Curtis) and weapons expert Otto West (Kevin Kline), for a massive diamond heist. When the job goes badly, Wanda attempts to seduce George's stuffy lawyer, Archie Leach (John Cleese), to find out where George hid the diamonds. Meanwhile, Ken repeatedly attempts to kill an elderly woman (Patricia Hayes) who witnessed the robbery.

Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson, Patricia Hayes, Geoffrey Palmer

Director: Charles Crichton, John Cleese

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Wife, Transformation, Hilarious, 1980s, Cheeky, Murder, Pursuit, England

Ratings & Reviews

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  • One of the best-constructed, funniest, and most clever comedies to grace motion picture screens in recent years. It's outrageous, offensive, and even a little sick -- and all the more enjoyable because of it. show more

  • The funniest movie I have seen in a long time. show more

  • I laughed so hard, my eyes watered. I laughed so loud, I lost track of whether anyone else was laughing. I laughed so much, I ached afterwards. [29 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]

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Awards

Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)