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.


THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
1983, Universal, 112 min, Dir: Wilford Leach

Much of producer Joseph Papp’s 1981 Broadway cast – including Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt and Tony winner Kevin Kline – reprise their roles in this magical big screen adaptation of the beloved Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Angela Lansbury joins them as Ruth, the nursemaid who entrusts Frederic (Smith) to the Pirate King (Kline) until his 21st birthday, at which point Frederic meets and falls in love with the beautiful Mabel Stanley (Ronstadt) – but leaving the Pirates of Penzance proves trickier than he anticipated.


SILVERADO
1985, Sony Repertory, 133 min, USA, Dir: Lawrence Kasdan

Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan breathes new life into familiar Western motifs in this terrifically entertaining film. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner and Danny Glover lead a great ensemble cast as cowboys who free the town of Silverado from a ruthless sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and his rancher patron. Only moderately successful at the box office, SILVERADO hit its stride in the home video market, becoming a deserving cult favorite. “A sweeping, glorious-looking Western that’s at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times.


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