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A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Movie



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Overview

Language
English

Country
(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.7/ 10 (76307 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us]
Prominent Features [gb]
Star Partners Limited Partnership

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors

Writers

Release Date
(USA) - 7 July 1988
(USA) - 13 July 1988
(Canada) - 15 July 1988
(USA) - 15 July 1988
(Argentina) - 25 August 1988

Running Time
108

Tagline
A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood. A New Comedy About Sex, Murder and Seafood.

Keywords
1980s, adultery, airplane, airport, ambiguous-title, american-abroad, american-in-the-uk, animal-abuse, baby-seal, bad-guy, barrel, barrister, black-comedy, blindfold, blockbuster, cement, character-name-in-title, courtroom, crossbow, crude-humor, cult-film, cult-movie-cast, cutical-scissors, disguise, dog,

Technical Support
CAM:Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
OFM:35 mm - (Agfa XT)
PCS:Spherical
PFM:35 mm
PFM:8 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1 - (negative ratio)
RAT:1.85 : 1 - (intended ratio)



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Full Cast

  1. Ashton, Al as [Warder] <14>
  2. Bird, John (I) as (uncredited) [Clerk of the Magistrate's Court]
  3. Brierley, Roger as [Davidson] <16>
  4. Campbell, Ken (I) as [Bartlett] <13>
  5. Child, Jeremy (I) as [Mr. Johnson] <23>
  6. Cleese, John as [Archie Leach] <1>
  7. Croft, Waydon as [1st Prison Officer] <35>
  8. Dixon, John (II) as [2nd Prison Officer] <36>
  9. Elwes, Mark as [Customer in Jeweler's Shop] <10>
  10. Fry, Stephen (I) as [Hutchison] <41>
  11. Georgeson, Tom as [Georges Thomason] <6>
  12. Goodman, Robert (I) as (uncredited) [Street thug]
  13. Hume, Roger (I) as [Locksmith] <15>
  14. Jonfield, Peter as [Inspector Marvin] <12>
  15. Kline, Kevin (I) as [Otto] <3>
  16. Mackenzie, Robert Ian as (as Robert Cavendish) [Copper] <20>
  17. MacLachlan, Andrew (I) as [Eebedee] <21>
  18. MacLeod, Roland (I) as [Vicar] <22>
  19. McBain, Robert as [Hotel Clerk] <38>
  20. Newman, Patrick (I) as [2nd Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)] <30>
  21. Palin, Michael as [Ken Pile] <4>
  22. Palmer, Geoffrey (I) as [Judge] <8>
  23. Pedley, Anthony as [Irate Driver] <37>
  24. Percival, Michael (I) as [Percival] <18>
  25. Phillips, Neville as [Manager of Jeweler's Shop] <11>
  26. Pigott Smith, Tom as [Child Johnson (13)] <25>
  27. Putt, Robert as [Police Officer (Old Bailey)] <34>
  28. Rees, Llewellyn as [Sir John] <17>
  29. Simeon, David as [Clerk of Court (Old Bailey)] <31>
  30. Aitken, Maria as [Wendy] <5>
  31. Barclay, Kim as [Nanny] <28>
  32. Bickford-Smith, Imogen as [Stenographer] <32>
  33. Chokshi, Charu Bala as [Indian Cleaner] <40>
  34. Cleese, Cynthia as (as Cynthia Caylor) [Portia] <9>
  35. Curtis, Jamie Lee as [Wanda Gershwitz] <2>
  36. Hayes, Patricia (I) as [Mrs. Coady] <7>
  37. John, Katherine as [Child Johnson (10)] <26>
  38. Johnstone, Sophie as [Child Johnson (8)] <27>
  39. Lansbury, Kate as [Magistrate] <19>
  40. Lee, Tia (I) as [Junior Barrister (Prosecutor Counsel)] <33>
  41. McIntyre, Clare as [Airline Employee] <39>
  42. Miles, Pamela (I) as [Mrs. Johnson] <24>
  43. Twomey, Sharon as [1st Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)] <29>

Genres

  1. Comedy
  2. Crime

Full Plot

Sexy American diamonds lover Wanda and her boyfriend Otto are in England to plot alongside George and Ken the robbery of a diamond collection. Wanda and Otto want the stolen diamonds for themselves, and inform the police about George not knowing that he has already moved the diamonds to another secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out is by getting close to George's lawyer - Archie Leach. Sami Al-Taher Wanda brings her new secret lover, Otto to England to help her and her lover George and stuttering animal lover Ken steal $20 million in diamonds. Wanda and Otto then turn in George to the police so they can have the loot for themselves, but George has already moved the diamonds and only he knows where they are. All four of the criminals start double-crossing each other to try to get to the diamonds before anyone else. Wanda tries to find them by "getting close" to George's barrister, Archie Leach, because if George pleads guilty he will tell Archie where the diamonds are to cut his sentence. Absolute hilarity ensues. Anonymous Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 3,775,753 (Germany) AD: 818,396 (Sweden) BT: USD 7,500,000 CP: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc. GR: USD 63,493,712 (USA) GR: GBP 12,034,000 (UK) GR: SEK 43,372,387 (Sweden) OW: USD 115,418 (USA) (17 July 1988) (3 screens) OW: GBP 147,607 (UK) (16 October 1988) (11 screens) RT: USD 29,766,000 (USA) SD: 13 July 1987 - September 1987

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
18 (South Korea)
PG (New Zealand)
T (Spain)
14 (Peru)
M/12 (Portugal)
13 (Argentina)
M (Australia)
18A (Canada)
14 (Chile)
K-14 (Finland)
15 (Ireland)
15 (Norway)
M18 (Singapore)
15 (Sweden)
15 (UK)
R (USA)
16 (West Germany)

Music Composers

  1. Du Prez, John

Cinematographers

  1. Hume, Alan

Dress Designers

  1. Pethig, Hazel

Distributors

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment [us] - (2007) (USA) (DVD)
American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us] - (1991) (USA) (TV)
CBS / Fox Video [us] - (1989) (USA) (VHS) (for MGM/UA Home Entertainment)
CBS/Fox Home Video [us] - (1989) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
Chapel Distribution [au] - (1997) (Australia) (theatrical) (35mm print)
Columbus Film [ch] - (1989) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
Hollydan Works [cshh] - (2000) (Yugoslavia) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment (Europe) [gb] - (2000) (UK) (VHS)
MGM Home Entertainment (Europe) [gb] - (2003) (UK) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [de] - (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [fr] - (2002) (France) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [it] - (2003) (Italy) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [us] - (2001) (USA) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [us] - (2004) (USA) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [us] - (2007) (USA) (DVD)
MGM/UA Distribution Company [us] - (1988) (USA) (theatrical)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us] - (1988) (worldwide) (all media)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
United International Pictures (UIP) [de] - (1989) (Germany) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [fr] - (1989) (France) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [gb] - (1988) (UK) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [de] - (1989) (West Germany) (VHS)
Warner Home Vidéo [fr] - (1997) (France) (VHS)
Warner Home Vidéo [fr] - (1999) (France) (DVD)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)

Film Editors

  1. Jympson, John

Misc

  1. Birmingham, Andy (production accountant)
  2. Birmingham, Mark (I) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  3. Byck, Peter (I) (assistant: Mr. Shamberg, USA)
  4. Clarke-Jervoise, Sophie (assistant: Dr. Cleese)
  5. Clift, Pauline (animal supplier)
  6. Conway, Robert (II) (legal advisor)
  7. Daubeny, Nick (location manager: Oxford)
  8. Dill, Diana (continuity)
  9. Eastmond, Yvonne (assistant production accountant) (uncredited)
  10. Edwards, Bill (IV) (unit publicist)
  11. Heeks, Yvonne (assistant accountant)
  12. Kamp, Ralph (production assistant)
  13. Knowles, Christopher (II) (assistant location manager: London)
  14. Lang, William (II) (location manager)
  15. Lehmans, Liz (production assistant)
  16. Miles, Ian (I) (financial controller)
  17. Modder, Janine (production coordinator) (as Janine Lodge)
  18. Morrison, Richard (I) (title designer) (uncredited)
  19. Stone, Alexandra (I) (assistant to producer)
  20. Vashiell, Kimberley (choreographer) (uncredited)

Quotes

Otto: Don't call me stupid. Wendy: Why on earth not? Wanda: [after Otto breaks in on Wanda and Archie in Archie's flat and hangs him out the window] I was dealing with something delicate, Otto. I'm setting up a guy who's incredibly important to us, who's going to tell me where the loot is and if they're going to come and arrest you. And you come loping in like Rambo without a jockstrap and you dangle him out a fifth-floor window. Now, was that smart? Was it shrewd? Was it good tactics? Or was it stupid? Otto West: Don't call me stupid. Wanda: Oh, right! To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape? Otto West: Apes don't read philosophy. Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up. [repeated line] Otto: Don't call me stupid! Otto: Don't call me stupid. Wendy: Why on earth not? Otto: Oh, you English are *so* superior, aren't you? Well, would you like to know what you'd be without us, the good ol' U.S. of A. to protect you? I'll tell you. The smallest fucking province in the Russian Empire, that's what! So don't call me stupid, lady. Just thank me. Wendy: Well, *thank* you for popping in and protecting us. Otto: If it wasn't for us, you'd all be speaking *German!* Singing "Deutschland, Deutschland ber alles..." Otto: [puts a bag over Archie's head] Hello, Mr. Burglar! Going somewhere? Thought you could rob Mr. Leach, eh? Well, I'm going to teach you a lesson! [kicks him in the stomach] He just happens to be a very good friend of mine! Archie: Otto! Otto! Otto! Otto: [comes back with a long-handled pan] And he's going to be very pleased with me to find you here, all tied up and ready for the police! [knocks Archie out with a pan] And don't call me "Otto." To you, I am "Mr..." [stops, lifts bag, sees it's Archie, screams] Otto: Oh, my God... Oh... Oh my God. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. [pats Archie's face] Otto: Please, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I didn't know it was you. How could I know it was you? I mean, how could you expect me to guess? Stupid jerk! I mean, what the fuck were you doing *robbing* your *own house?* [kicks Archie in the stomach] Otto: You asshole! You stupid, stiff, pompous, English...! [screams and recoils] Otto: I'm sorry! I'm sorry. Uh... uh... yeah. [runs] Wanda: Let's make love. Archie: Well, if you absolutely insist... [Archie has put his gun down to fist fight with Otto] Archie: I used to box for Oxford. Otto: Oh, yeah? [Otto quickly picks up Archie's gun, and points it at him] Otto: I used to kill for the CIA. Wanda: I want you to know something Otto. Otto: What? Wanda: Even if you were my brother I'd still want to fuck you. Airline Employee: Aisle or window, smoking or non? Otto: What was the part in the middle? Wanda: The central message of Buddhism is not "every man for himself". Otto: I love watching your ass when you walk. Is that beautiful or what? Don't go near him, he's mine. Otto: You know your problem? You don't like winners. Archie: Winners? Otto: Yeah. Winners. Archie: Winners, like North Vietnam? Otto: Shut up. We didn't lose Vietnam. It was a tie! Archie: [going into a cowboy-like drawl] I'm tellin' ya baby, they kicked your little ass there. Boy, they whooped yer hide REAL GOOD. Wanda: I'll be right back, take your clothes off. Otto: You pompous, stuck-up, snot-nosed, English, giant, twerp, scumbag, fuck-face, dickhead, asshole. Archie: How very interesting. You're a true vulgarian, aren't you? Otto: You are the vulgarian, you fuck. [repeated line] Otto: Asshole! Wanda: What have you found out? Otto: Not a lot. Wanda: You realise he's in court tomorrow? Otto: I know. I know that! Wanda: So nothing, huh? Otto: Nix! Zip! Diddly! Bupkis! [seductively] Niente! [Archie visits George, who is guarded by two policemen] Archie: We need to talk. George: You tell those pigs to fuck off. Archie: Fuck off, pigs. [the two policemen don't move] Archie: Did you hear what I said? Fuck off! [Otto dangles Archie out a window] Archie: All right, all right, I apologise. Otto: You're really sorry. Archie: I'm really really sorry, I apologise unreservedly. Otto: You take it back. Archie: I do, I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you, or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future. Otto: OK. Wanda: You just wanted to get me into bed. Archie: I fell in love with you. Wanda: How come you dumped me then. Archie: I wasn't rich enough, remember. Wanda: Say something in Russian. Archie: No. Ken: Rev-enge! Otto: [laughing] It's K-K-K-Ken! C-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me! How you gonna c-c-c-catch me, K-K-K-Ken? Otto West: Look, you obviously don't know anything about intelligence work, lady. It's an X-K-Red-27 technique. Wendy: My father was in the Secret Service, Mr. Manfredjinsinjin, and I know perfectly well that you don't keep the general public informed when you are "debriefing KGB defectors in a safe house." Archie: You make me feel free. Wanda: Free? Archie: Wanda, do you have any idea what it's like being English? Being so correct all the time, being so stifled by this dread of, of doing the wrong thing, of saying to someone "Are you married?" and hearing "My wife left me this morning," or saying, uh, "Do you have children?" and being told they all burned to death on Wednesday. You see, Wanda, we'll all terrified of embarrassment. That's why we're so... dead. Most of my friends are dead, you know, we have these piles of corpses to dinner. But you're alive, God bless you, and I want to be, I'm so fed up with all this. I want to make love with you, Wanda. I'm a good lover - at least, used to be, back in the early 14th century. Can we go to bed? Wanda: Yeah. Archie: Your brother didn't bring you here this time, did he? Wanda: No. Archie: He's no idea? Wanda: He doesn't have a clue. Archie: What? Wanda: He's so dumb... Archie: Really? Wanda: ...he thought that the Gettysburg Address was where Lincoln lived. Otto: Pork away pal. Fuck her blue. Ken: Otto t-t-tried to k-k-kiss me. Wanda: I thought he might. Wanda: Aristotle was not Belgian, the principle of Buddhism is not "every man for himself", and the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up. Otto: Avoid the green ones. They're not ripe yet. Otto: [practicing his apology] Oh, I'm so very, very, very ssssssssssss... FUCK YOU! Wendy: Your father has finally gone completely mental! Otto: So the old lady's gonna m-m-m-meet with an accident eh K-K-K-K-Ken? Otto: What is this? "Hump a Limey" week? Wanda: I'm sorry about my brother, Ken. I know he's insensitive. He's had a hard life. Dad used to beat him up. Ken: Good. Wanda: Get the fuck out of here, Otto. Otto: Relax. I heard moaning; I was worried. Archie: You are the sexiest, most beautiful girl I have ever seen... in my entire life. Wanda: Get me my drink. Otto: Ok... Ok... DISAPPOINTED. Son of a bitch. What do you have to do in this world to make people trust you? Wanda: Shut up. Otto: People are always taking advantage of me. Wanda: Shut up and think. [Otto pulls out a silenced pistol and fires two shots at the safe] Wanda: What are you doing? Otto: I'm thinking. Archie: I Wendy- I Wanda- I wonder... Wendy: You can stick this marriage right in your bottom. [after steamrollering Otto] Ken: "K-k-k-k-Ken." You bastard. Hey, I've lost my stutter. It's gone. I can speak. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Otto: You're a very attractive man, Ken. You're... smart, you've got wonderful bones, great eyes, and you dress really interestingly. Ken: What you...? Otto: We could have a lot of fun together, you and I. And I think we'd be really good for each other. What do you say? Ken: You must be j-j-j... Otto: May I kiss you, Ken? [tries to kiss him] Ken: No, you fucking can't! [runs away] Otto: I love robbing the English, they're so polite. Wanda: What are you thinking, Archie? Archie: I'm just trying to think of one good reason why I should take you to South America with me. Wanda: How about... because I have the key to the safety deposit box? [pause] Archie: That's a... Wanda, Archie: ...good reason. [Archie has put his gun down to fist fight with Otto] Archie: I used to box for Oxford. Otto: Oh, yeah? Well... [Otto quickly picks up Archie's gun, and points it at him] Otto: ...I used to kill for the CIA. Otto: I'm, uh, Harvey. Manfred... jen... sen... den. Otto: I'm here because I'm bored. Bored hanging around this God-awful city. Shoving George's ugly pic... Talking to a lot of snotty, stuck up, intellectual British faggots. Jesus they're uptight they get rigor mortis in the prime of life in this country, standing there with their hair clenched. Otto: [finds a letter from Archie to Wanda] Just, counting the seconds to the weekends so they can all dress up like ballerinas and whip themselves into a frenzy at the flat at 4. 2B St. Otto: [recovering] To be honest I hate them. I mean pretending they're so fucking lawyer. Otto: [recovering again] superior, so fucking superior with those phony accents. Otto: [Ken peeks in the room] Not you Ken, you have a beautiful speaking voice... when it works. Otto: [about Wanda] Son of a bitch! Otto: [to Wanda, loudly] So, wanna have some lunch? Otto: [quietly] Have you heard from him? Wanda: Who? Otto: Archie. Wanda: [loudly] No I have to finish my hair! Wanda: [quietly] No. Otto: Nothing? Otto: [loudly] Ok well I'm outta here! Otto: [quietly] No plans to see him? Wanda: No. Wanda: [loudly] Ok. Bye Bro. Otto: Bye Wanda! [Punches Wanda's picture, hands it to Ken] Otto: Oh Sorry. Otto: You really like animals don't you, Ken? What's the attraction. Ken: Well, you can t-t-trust them and they don't sh-sh-sh-sh Otto: Shit on you? Ken: Show off all the t-time. Archie: [to Wanda] How could a bright and smart girl like you have a brother who is so... Otto: [coming between them] Don't call me stupid! Otto: Nice fish, Ken. You know what Nietzsche said about animals? "They were God's second blunder." Ken: Well, you t-t-t-tell him from me that I kuh-kuh, I kuh-kuh... Wanda: I looked at the clock... because I was saying to myself... It's five to seven, where could he be going with that sawed off shotgun? Otto: Hello, K-K-K-Ken's p-p-pets! [taps on fish tank] Otto: Wake up! [beats the water with a scrub brush] Otto: Wake up Limey fish! [to Wanda] So... how are you going to get friendly with this lawyer? Wanda: I don't know - I'll improvise. [Otto gets fed up with the fish and tosses the scrub brush into the tank] Otto: Fucking insects! Otto: Shit! Fucking Limey cement. Otto: [to Archie] You spineless bimbo. Otto: Touch his dick, and he's dead! Archie: You're going to shoot me? Otto: [in a pompous, English accent] Yep, 'fraid so, ol' chap! Sorry! Otto: When you say "friendly", what are we talking about here? Cordial? Courteous? Supportive? What? Wanda: I don't know. Let's just see what happens. Otto: So, "friendly" might include actual... what, penetration? Wanda: What about my tits? Otto: Does he get to handle them? Wanda: Yes. That's my forecast. I'll stand by that. Wanda: Archie? Do you speak Italian? Archie: I am Italian! Sono italiano in spirito. Ma ho sposato una donna che preferisce lavorare in giardino a fare l'amore appassionato. Uno sbaglio grande! But it's such an ugly language. How about... Russian? George: [excited] Unbe-fuck-alievable! Ken: Otto! You owe me a pou-p-pou... [Ken drives at Otto with a steamroller. Otto laughs, until he realizes his feet are trapped in cement, and his gun is empty] Otto: Ken! Ken! Wait, wait, Ken! Kenny! I... may I call you Kenny? Ken: Remember Wanda! Otto: I got the deal of a lifetime! Fifty-fifty, you and me, what do you say! Okay, okay, okay, sixty-forty! That's my final offer! Ken: REVENGE! Otto: Wait, I got an idea! You take it all! Yeah, here's my boarding pass, Ken! Ken: I'm gonna, I'm gonna k-ka, kill you! Otto: Okay, fine, Ken! Come at me, give me your best shot! Go on, Ken! You don't have the guts, admit it! [the steamroller bears down on him] Otto: Okay, you have the guts, good... wait! Ken: Death! Otto: Okay, I'm-sorry-I-ate-your-fish, okay? I'm-sorry! Ken: Revenge! Otto: Jesus, I said I'm sorry! What the fu-? [He goes under the steamroller] AAAAHHHH! Ken: Got him! Otto: [to Ken about Mrs Coady] What does he want you to do? Send her flowers? Do her shopping? Show her a good time? Rub her out? Rub her out? Otto: [gleefully] HE'S GOING TO KILL HER! HA HA HA! Ken: Shut up! Otto: [shows his gun to a group of onlookers] Fuck off or I'll kill you. LIMEY FRUITS! So the old lady's gonna m-m- meet with an accident, eh K-K-Ken? Ken: Shh! [Otto laughs] Ken: What's - what's so funny? Otto: Nothing, it's just that wasting old ladies isn't NICE! Ken: [angrily] Well it's better than b-b-buggering people! Otto: I'll bet you a pound you don't kill her. Ken: Alright. Otto: Alright. I love watching your ass when you walk! Is that beautiful or what? Don't go near him! He's mine! A pound says you won't kill her! Ha ha!

Other Titles

  1. Ein Fisch namens Wanda (1989) (ENG)
    (Austria)

  2. Ein Fisch namens Wanda (1989) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. Un pesce di nome Wanda (1988) (ENG)
    (Italy)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Bermondsey, London, England, UK - (Archie & Wanda's apartment)
  2. Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London, England, UK
  3. Docklands, Poplar, London, England, UK
  4. Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell, London, England, UK - (robbery scene)
  5. Little Venice, Paddington, London, England, UK
  6. London Heathrow Airport, London Borough of Hillingdon, London, England, UK
  7. Maida Avenue, Maida Vale, London, England, UK - (Kevin's apartment)
  8. Old Bailey, London, England, UK
  9. Onslow Gardens, Kensington, London, England, UK - (old lady with 3 dogs)
  10. Oxford Prison, New Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  11. St Thomas Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  12. The Old Court Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (as The Old Bailey)
  13. Twickenham Film Studios, St Margarets, Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK - (studio)

Trivia

- 'John Cleese' (qv)'s character is called Archie Leach, which is 'Cary Grant (I)' (qv)'s real name.

- When Otto leaves Archie's home, he says to Archie's wife Wendy that they would all speak German without the USA. He leaves the house while singing the first verse of the anthem: "Deutschland über alles". The German dubbed version has an altered dialog, he says that they'd all eat sauerkraut and listen to military marches, then he imitates some military marches instead of singing the anthem, as the first verse is considered too nationalist and generally not sung in public.

- Leach's daughter Portia is played by 'John Cleese' (qv)'s real-life daughter 'Cynthia Cleese' (qv), credited as Cynthia Caylor.

- The scene where Otto sits up in the background behind Wanda ('Jamie Lee Curtis' (qv)) is reminiscent of a scene in _Halloween (1978)_ (qv), in which the character of Michael Myers sat up behind Curtis' character.

- SPOILER: The dog death scenes were originally filmed with entrails from a butchers scattered around the dead dog. Preview audiences reacted strongly to this, so the scenes were reshot with an obviously fake straw dog.

- SPOILER: The hymn that the choirboys sing

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