Film Friday – “It’s the same with sea lions and penguins. I mean, people don’t think of them as violent, but they can be killers.”

 

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Film Fridays is a project initiated by Darren from over at The Arty Plantsman and me.

After doing a daily music challenge for a month last year we talked about doing something similar for movies.

And the current global lockdowns give us the perfect excuse to start!
Many of us are confined to home with only the TV for company so we thought we would start ‘Film Fridays’ so that we can talk about our favourite movies and hopefully give our readers some ideas for things to watch.
We would be delighted if you would join us!
Just tag your post with #FilmFriday and do a pingback to either Darren’s or my posts so that we can can have a look at yours! You can also copy the “Film Friday” poster I came up with.

We don’t necessarily want to talk about the nerdy technical details but more about why these films speak to us as individuals, why they have a place in our hearts, and any personal memories they evoke.

So please join us each friday when we will each be talking about a different movie from our list of favourites!

 

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Fierce Creatures is a 1997 British-American farcical comedy film. While not literally a sequel, Fierce Creatures is a spiritual successor to the 1988 film A Fish Called Wanda. Both films star John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. Fierce Creatures was written by John Cleese, and directed by Robert Young and Fred Schepisi.

Fierce Creatures is all about a media mogul, Rod MacCain (Kevin Kline), who owns a London zoo. He demands that the park raise more profit, so the new zoo director, Rollo Lee (Cleese), orders that only dangerous/fierce animals be displayed in order to maximize ticket sales. In a dual role, Kline also plays the mogul’s son, who plans to run the zoo with the help of displaced employees and zoo programmer Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis).

All the animal keepers, including spider-handler Bugsy (Michael Palin), make various attempts to get Rollo to change his mind. One such attempt involves getting Rollo to kill some of the cutest animals himself, but Rollo, seeing through their prank, fakes the animals’ extermination. Rollo keeps the animals in his bedroom which later causes Willa and Vincent to misunderstand that Rollo is having an orgy with the female staff(!). (I’m known for my hysteric laughter when this scene plays.) 

 

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The dialogue in Fierce Creatures is just as hilarious as it was in A Fish Called Wanda, here a few examples – feel free to giggle. 😉

 

Rollo Lee:
Oh, great. Terrific. He decides to keep the zoo open so you kill him. Brilliant. Well done, thank you so much. Especially for shooting him right between the eyes so that it doesn’t look like an accident… Because the people at Octopus will know that he was coming here to close us down so there’s our motive for murdering him. Stunning. Well, Mr. Brain of Britain, what are we going to tell the police, who are of course already on there way here?… Another example of the thoroughness of your plan.

Rollo Lee:
Go on, I’m all ears, what do you suggest we do with the dead body of the incredibly famous man, who you have just… ASSASSINATED.

Rollo Lee:
Sorry, I didn’t… quite catch it… What? What was that?… Pop him in the blender?

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Vince McCain:
Oh, were you asleep?

Rollo Lee:
Uh, yes, I frequently am at 2 A.M., I’m afraid. Uh, filthy habit I picked up in the Far East.

Vince McCain:
Oh well, gee, look, if this communiqué is in any way, uh, sleep-interruptive, I’ll, uh, re-telephone you later.

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Vince:
Dad, since I’ve been doing so well, how ’bout a raise?

Rod:
Out of the question.

Vince:
Okay then, how ’bout a small advance on my inheritance?

Rod:
What inheritance?

Vince:
I’m… I’m your son. You have to leave me something.

Rod:
Why?

Vince:
Because . . you screwed up my whole childhood.

Rod:
How could I? I was hardly ever there.

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Willa Weston:
Why do you work for us, Rollo?

Rollo Lee:
Cowardice?

 

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Willa Weston:
What are you doing?

Vince McCain:
I’m freezing him.

Willa Weston:
Why?

Vince McCain:
He’s gotta be cryogenically frozen until they find a cure.

Willa Weston:
Yeah, a cure? Vince, he has a bullet in the brain.

Vince McCain:
Well, get more ice.

Willa Weston:
Vince, there is no cure for a bullet in the brain. It is very fatal.

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Rollo: Lotterby, could I have a word with you, please? These are your meerkats, correct?

Lotterby: Don’t do that, please, sir.They go straight for the throat

Rollo: This new plaque of yours… says that they’re known as ”The Piranhas of the Desert.” Is that right?

Lotterby: They can strip a human carcass in three minutes.

Rollo: My encyclopedia says they’re easily tamed and often kept as pets.

Lotterby: You’ve not been attacked by one, sir.

Rollo: Nobody’s been attacked by one, Lotterby…or, rather, if they have,they never noticed.

Now, these Patagonian maras of yours…devastate entire Argentinian villages, do they?

Lotterby: They completely wipe ’em out, sir.Shocking to watch.

Rollo: It says here they eat grass.

Lotterby: That’s for hors d’oeuvres, sir. When their blood’s up–

 


 

 

Did you ever see Fierce Creatures? And how did you like it? Any favorite scenes?? Let me know all about in your comments! 😀

32 thoughts on “Film Friday – “It’s the same with sea lions and penguins. I mean, people don’t think of them as violent, but they can be killers.”

  1. I never heard of this one, Sarah, but it sounds hysterical. A good movie for some popcorn and with a sprinkling of silliness. Some of these days, I definitely need a laugh. 🙂 I’m going to add this to my list and see if it’s on Netflix. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. Haven’t heard of this film but obviously, I’ve been missing something essential to my life. I’ll have to see if I can track down a copy or find on my TV options. The dialogue you included had me doubled over – thank you very much for that exercise, Sarah.

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    • Hehe! You’re very welcome, Shari! This film is pretty good workout for those belly muscles. 😉 Let me know what you think of it when you find the chance to watch it! 😀

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  3. Cleese famously said he had two regrets in life, marrying this particular woman and making this movie, so I have to admit I gave it a pass, but that’s some funny dialogue there. I guess it bombed in the box office, but hey, movie critics don’t always get it right. Will remember to put on the list, thanks for changing my mind, Sarah! xo

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    • I know! And I totally don’t get it – the film thing, can’t say anything about his choice of marriage. 😉 There are some very hilarious scenes in it, so prepare yourself for some aching belly muscles if you get the chance to watch it. 😉

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    • I do get the sequel dread, most are really so bad. But since this isn’t one but a whole new film but with the same crazy cast you should give it a try. But better prepare yourself for aching belly muscles. 😉

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    • Haha! Actually I know that Cleese is very fond of lemurs. 😀 Who isn’t? They’re adorable! 😄 It’s a real fun film, Darren, I think you’d enjoy – especially since there’s a huge tarantula in it as well!! 💕

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      • I do like tarantulas. You have to promise me it doesn’t meet a sticky end in the movie though!
        Lemurs are great! But very mischievous – our local zoo used to let people wander through their enclosure, which was fine unless you were carrying anything shiny or edible….

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      • I remember it going missing at one point but I think no harm came to your hairy friend. 😉 I’ve heard lemurs aren’t very brainy, a zookeeper once said that they’ve got all the brain they need – and not an ounce more!😂

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    • I think you’ll enjoy it, Roberta! Some movie critics deemed it to be not as good as A Fish Called Wanda but what do they know, right? I thought it was brilliant. 😊

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