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Story

Kevin Kline took home an Oscar for his performance as a self-absorbed lothario who prepares for lovemaking by drinking in his own "manly" musk, but it would be hard to single him out as the best thing about the film. The fact is, the entire cast of this hilarious comedy is perfect: John Cleese as the conservative barrister defending a member of sexy Jamie Lee Curtis's gang, Ms. Curtis as the conniving crook out to grab the haul for herself, and Michael Palin as the stuttering, animal-loving hit man whose attempts to murder a little old lady only decrease the size of her poodle pack. Cleese cowrote the zingy script with British comedy veteran Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob), whose smooth direction balances Monty Python farce, hysterically tasteless gags, and an unexpectedly romantic subplot with style and confidence. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

John CleeseArchie Leach
Jamie Lee CurtisWanda Gershwitz
Kevin KlineOtto
Michael PalinKen Pile
Maria AitkenWendy
Tom GeorgesonGeorges Thomason
Patricia HayesMrs. Coady
Geoffrey PalmerJudge
Cynthia CleesePortia (as Cynthia Caylor)
Mark ElwesCustomer in Jeweler's Shop
Neville PhillipsManager of Jewler's Shop
Peter JonfieldInspector Marvin
Ken CampbellBartlett
Al AshtonWarder
Roger HumeLocksmith
Roger BrierleyDavidson
Llewellyn ReesSir John
Michael percivalPercival
Kate LansburyMagistrate
Robert Ian MackenzieCopper (as Robert Cavendish)
Andrew MacLachlanEebedee
Roland MacLeodVicar
Jeremy ChildMr. Johnson
Pamela MilesMrs. Johnson
Tom Pigott SmithChild Johnson (13)
Katherine JohnChild Johnson (10)
Sophie JohnstoneChild Johnson (8)
Kim BarclayNanny
Sharon Twomey1st Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)
Patrick Newman2nd Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)
David SimeonClerk of Court (Old Bailey)
Imogen Bickford-SmithStenographer
Tia LeeJunior Barrister (Prosecutor Counsel)
Robert PuttPolice Officer (Old Bailey)
Waydon Croft1st Prison Officer
John Dixon2nd Prison Officer
Anthony PedleyIrate Driver
Robert McBainHotel Clerk
Clare McIntyreAirline Employee
Charu Bala ChokshiIndian Cleaner
Stephen FryHutchison
John BirdClerk of the Magistrate's Court (uncredited)
Robert GoodmanStreet thug (uncredited)

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Mob/Organized Crime
  • Director: Charles Crichton
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 108 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 15, 1988
    EuropeOct 14, 1988
    JapanApr 8, 1989
    AustraliaNov 10, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaFeb 7, 2012
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 1, 2001
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