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The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal." When London's Marwood Zoo is purchased by Octopus, Inc., the multi-national holding company run by New Zealand publishing tycoon Rod McCain (Kevin Kline), the staff is given a firm order: if the zoo is not turning at least a 20% profit soon, it will be shut down. Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis), who was recently hired by McCain to oversee another firm that bit the dust, is assigned to keep a watchful eye over zoo director Rollo Lee (Cleese), who gets the idea that since people seem to enjoy aggressive, violent entertainment at the movies, the zoo should round up and execute all the cute, benign animals and replace them with more vicious specimens to boost attendance. Needless to say, talkative zookeeper Adrian "Bugsy" Malone (Michael Palin) is appalled at this suggestion and attempts to disguise the more timid beasts with fake fangs and daubings of artificial blood. Meanwhile, Rod and his son Vince (also played by Kevin Kline) want the animal displays to be more spectacular, and they hope to boost income by introducing corporate sponsorship with logos pasted on the cages, the staff uniforms, and even the animals themselves. An already complex situation is further tangled by the efforts of Vince, Rod, and Rolo to seduce Willa, whose obsession with the bottom line is compromised by her fondness for the gorillas. Fierce Creatures was originally shot in 1995, but when the original version tested poorly, producers John Cleese and Michael Shamberg opted to reshoot part of the film (most notably the ending), with director Fred Schepisi replacing Robert Young for the revised sequences. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

John Cleese
as Rolo Lee
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Willa Weston
Kevin Kline
as Vince McCain/Rod McCain
Michael Palin
as Adrian (Bugsy) Malone
Robert Lindsay
as Sydney Small Mammals
John Alexander
as gorilla performer "Jambo"
Mac McDonald
as TV producer
Amanda Walker
as zoo secretary
Peter Elliott
as gorilla performer
Tim Potter
as vulture keeper
Kevin Moore
as hotel manager
Brian King
as Sponsor
Choy-Ling Man
as parrot keeper
Cynthia Cleese
as Pip Small Mammals
Dennis Lill
as woman's husband
Derek Griffiths
as Gerry Ungulates
Alisa Berk
as panda performer
Francis Pope
as student zoo keeper
Georgia Reece
as sponsor
Kim Vithana
as tiger keeper
Leon Herbert
as octopus security guard
Leslie Lowe
as assistant hotel manager
Maria Aitken
as Di Admin
Anthony Pedley
as sea lion spectators
Mario Kalli
as background gorilla
Michael Percival
as ant keeper
Nicholas Hutchison
as TV reporter
Pat Keen
as woman's mother
Peter Silverleaf
as sponsor
Phillip Hill
as background gorilla
Ricco Ross
as TV Journalist
Richard Ridings
as hugh primates
Ron Donachie
as Sergeant Irving
Ronnie Corbett
as Reggie Sealions
Stewart Wright
as octopus security guard
Susie Blake
as woman in red dress
Terence Conoley
as man in straw hat
Tessa Crockett
as background gorilla
Tom Georgeson
as sea lion spectators
William Grove
as student zoo keeper
Carey Lowell
as Cub Felines
Hilary Gish
as sponsor
Holly Hoffman
as background gorilla
Iain Mitchell
as assistant hotel manager
Jack Davenport
as Student Zookeeper
Jacqui Thomas
as student zoo keeper
Jennie Goossens
as sponsor
Jenny Galloway
as aquarium keeper
John Bardon
as sea lion spectators
Kate Alderton
as student zoo keeper
Kate Harper
as assistant hotel manager
Kerry Shale
as frightened executive

Crew

Fred Schepisi
Director
Robert Young
Director
Michael Shamberg
Producer
John Cleese
Producer
John Cleese
Screenwriter
Iain Johnstone
Screenwriter
Ian Baker
Cinematographer
Adrian Biddle
Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Roger Murray-Leach
Production Designer
Kevin Phipps
Art Director
David Allday
Art Director
Patricia Carr
Co-producer
Steve Abbott
Executive Producer
Stephenie McMillan
Set Decorator
Hazel Pethig
Costume Designer
Peter Howitt
Set Decorator
Melvin Lind
First Assistant Director
Clare Awdry
First Assistant Director
Roy Stevens
First Assistant Director
Rona Brown
Consultant/advisor
John Maskall
Camera Operator
Neil Binney
Camera Operator
Julia Duff
Casting
Chris Munro
Sound Mixer
Priscilla John
Casting
Michael Howes
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Wanda Kelley
Makeup
Darryl Worbey
Puppeteer
Callum McDougall
Unit Production Manager
Kenny Hall
Music Editor
Brian Blamey
Foley Editor
Jo Burn
Production Coordinator
Jim Clubb
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
June Randall
Script Supervisor
Neil Ravan
Unit Production Manager
Penny Bell
Makeup
Greg Powell
Stunts Coordinator
Gerry Jones
Hair Styles
Jan Saad
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
William Todd-Jones
Puppeteer
Hilary Haines
Hair Styles
Guy Saad
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Martin Asbury
Storyboard Artist
Gilly Case
Location Manager
Max Hoskins
ADR Editor
Jerry Goldsmith
Conductor
Tim Rose
Puppeteer
Stephen Dobric
Draftsman
Graham Hartstone
Re-Recording Mixer
Su Whitaker
Draftsman
Jan Jamison
Hair Styles
Rachel Neale
Location Manager
Simon Crane
Stunts Coordinator
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