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In an attempt to catch lightning in a bottle, Monty Python veteran John Cleese wrote this slapstick farce for the purpose of reuniting the comedic cast of A Fish Called Wanda. Fierce Creatures is all about a media mogul (Kevin Kline) who owns a London zoo. He demands that the park raise more profit, so the new zoo director (Cleese) orders that only dangerous animals be displayed in order to maximize ticket sales. In a dual role, Kline also plays the mogul's son, who plans to run the zoo with the help of displaced employees (including Michael Palin) and zoo programmer Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis). The situation lends itself to comedic confusion and split-second timing, and for a few good laughs the film is a pretty safe bet. It's not as hilarious as A Fish Called Wanda (that's a pretty tall order), but Cleese knows comedy, and his efforts are worth a look. --Jeff Shannon

Cast

John CleeseRollo Lee
Jamie Lee CurtisWilla Weston
Kevin KlineVince McCain/Rod McCain
Robert LindsaySydney Lotterby
Michael PalinAdrian 'Bugsy' Malone
Ronnie CorbettReggie Sea Lions
Carey LowellCub Felines
John BardonSea Lion Spectator
Jack DavenportStudent Zoo Keeper

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Robert Young (III)
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 93 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 24, 1997
    EuropeFeb 14, 1997
    JapanSep 27, 1997
    AustraliaJan 23, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
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