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A Fish Called Wanda
(1988)
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Soundscreen/
Little Major
Milan Records/
Soundscreen
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
John Du Prez

Co-Produced by:
Andre Jacquemin
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Soundscreen/Little Major Records
(1988)

Milan Records/Soundscreen
(1988)
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Commercial release in Europe, where it received identical pressings from multiple label combinations. It remained relatively easy to obtain for decades.
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Buy it... if you can't resist the funniest, most effective orchestral sex cue in the history of cinema, for John Du Prez highlights his otherwise breezy and predictable parody score with an operatic "Humping" cue that is alone worth the search for the album.

Avoid it... if less than five minutes of monumental symphonic glory is not worth the badly dated light rock that inhabits much of the acoustic and electric guitar-led romantic and crime caper material that dominates the remainder of the score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,749
WRITTEN 8/16/11
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A Fish Called Wanda: (John Du Prez) As one of the few films to have been confirmed by the media to be the cause of "death by laughter" for an audience member, A Fish Called Wanda resides on many lists of critics' funniest movies of all time. It represents the combined efforts of two legendary British comedians, John Cleese and Charles Crichton, the former famous for his involvement with Monty Python and the latter an established director and editor of English comedies from the 1940's to 1960's before coming out of retirement for A Fish Called Wanda, his final venture on the big screen. Both were nominated for Academy Awards (Cleese for just the screenplay, though he did reportedly direct some of the film as well), and while Cleese didn't earn the same recognition for his performance as a stuffy barrister in the movie, all of the other leads were at least nominated for a major award. Fellow Monty Python alum Michael Palin stuttered his way to a BAFTA nomination while Jamie Lee Curtis earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for playing a seductive con artist. The most recognition was saved for Kevin Kline, however, who won the Academy Award for his memorable supporting role as Curtis' accomplice in the convoluted crime plot. The heist tale in A Fish Called Wanda is only a basic template (or an excuse, one might say) for the clashing of ridiculous characters in Cleese's story, all four leads exhibiting personality quirks that make each of their interactions hysterically funny. After a successful London robbery of precious diamonds, the American duo betray their British counterparts and spend the rest of the film attempting to lure Cleese's character into divulging where the Brits hid the loot before their arrest. The death of animals in the movie is grotesquely entertaining, as is the unrestrained anti-American viewpoints reflected by Cleese's drawing of the characters. Fallacies of logic are aplenty in the script and often serve one-liners that, in the case of several of them, have become classics ("You're the vulgarian, you fuck!"). The ensemble cast reunited in 1997 for Fierce Creatures, an attempt to capture the same undeniable spark with slight alterations to essentially the same characters, but without the same success. One of the intangibles of A Fish Called Wanda is its completely unheralded and rather short but highly effective score by English composer and conductor John Du Prez.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:45
• 1. End Title's (3:19)
• 2. Main Title (2:35)
• 3. First Encounter With Otto (0:31)
• 4. Robbery (2:28)
• 5. George Arrested (1:17)
• 6. Empty Safe (0:47)
• 7. Wanda Meets Archie (0:38)
• 8. Otto Jealousy (0:43)
• 9. Sword Ballet (0:53)
• 10. Humping (2:14)
• 11. Wanda Visits Archie at Home (2:16)
• 12. Assasination (1) (0:22)
• 13. Choir Boy's (0:26)
• 14. Wanda Meets Archie at Flat (1) (1:15)
• 15. Assasination (2) (0:41)
• 16. Archie's Robbery (1:12)
• 17. Archie's Sadness (0:43)
• 18. Wanda Meets Archie at Flat (2) (1:43)
• 19. Assasination (3) (0:56)
• 20. Ken's Sadness (0:47)
• 21. Chase (1) (1:35)
• 22. Chase (2) (2:39)
• 23. A Fish Called Wanda Suite (16:55)
(track listings on the packaging misspells several titles and omit tracks 16 and 17)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about the composer and director. Most online track listings for this score's albums reflect the packaging's erroneous track names and times. The listing at Filmtracks recreates the misspelled titles but corrects the ordering and times.
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