Black SplatA Fish Called Wanda (1988)

"Don't call me stupid!"

A Fish Called Wanda - Otto resents being called "Stupid"

Description: Kevin Kline as Otto West instructs his girlfriend, Wanda Gershwitz (Jamie Lee Curtis) to stop calling his stupid in the motion picture A Fish Called Wanda (1988).

Wanda Gershwitz is a con-artist from America who travels to London to pull off a diamond heist with help of George Thomason (Tom Georgeson) and his stuttering sidekick Ken Pile (Michael Palin). As a ploy, Wanda brings her boyfriend, Otto West, a crazy ex-CIA hit man along as an accomplice to pose as her brother.

After the heist, Wanda calls the police to get George arrested so she can take the diamonds and run. But Georges has since stored the loot in a secret location. Now that he is in jail, Wanda and Otto are up a creek and out of luck. But Wanda has a plan. She will seduce George's British barrister Archibald "Archie" Leech (John Cleese) to learn the location of the diamonds and then skip town (without Otto).

While Wanda is romancing Archie in his apartment, Otto crashes into the room in jealous rage and dangles Archie out of the window. A short time later, Wanda has a quiet moment with her dim-witted partner:

A fish Called Wanda - Wanda calls Otto stupid
Wanda: 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: 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: 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.

Later, Otto, who thinks American are better that anyone else, is angered with very, very British attitude of Archie's wife, Ms. Wendy Leach (Maria Aitken) and he initiates this anti-Brit diatribe:

"Oh, you English. You’re so fucking superior, aren’t you? Well, would you like to know where you’d be without us, the old U. S. of A., to protect you? I’ll tell you—the smallest fucking province in the Russian Empire.”

When Otto gets mad at Archie Leach, he shouts, “You pompous, stuck-up, snot-nosed, English, giant, twerp, scumbag, fuck-face, dickhead, asshole.” Archie replies, “How very interesting. You’re a true vulgarian, aren’t you?” Otto shouts back, “You are the vulgarian, you fuck!”

In the end, Wanda falls in love with Archie and they run away to South America with the diamonds, while Otto gets stuck in cement and run over by a steamroller driven by Ken, who shouts "R-r-re-v-v-venge!"

A Fish Called Wanda - Ken driveing a steamroller

As Ken rolls the steamroller closer, Otto just laughs, and mocks Ken, saying, ("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?"

Surprisingly, after Otto is squished into the cement, Ken's stuttering is cured: "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?"

The other reason Ken wanted to get back at Otto was because he had eaten all the fish in his aquarium, including, Ken's favorite pet fish (Wanda) while trying to get Ken to spill the location of the diamonds. The diamonds were not in a warehouse safe, but at a hotel near Heathrow Airport.

Note: In the film Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) Frank Beardsley (Henry Fonda) says, “I don’t quite understand. Am I being stupid? to Helen North (Lucille Ball). She responds, “No, you’re being a man, which is sometimes the same thing.”

On the TV series CHEERS/NBC/1982-93 Sam Malone (Ted Danson) & Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) are always arguing with each other and calling each other names.

Diane:  Sam, that’s the stupidest thing I ever heard.
Sam: I thought you weren’t going to call me stupid now that
we’re being intimate.
Diane: No, I said I wasn’t going to call you stupid WHILE we were being intimate.

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