Michael Palin Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(1975)
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0
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Plot:

King Arthur of Camelot is looking for courageous knights to join his Round Table and he succeeds in his quest when a few men come forward. A bit of partying and deliberation later, they decide to leave. However, now God himself sends them to find the Holy Grail. What follows is a series of adventure and an encounter with a mysterious enchanter named Tim.

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Life of Brian
R

Life of Brian

(1979)
1
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Plot:

Brian of Nazareth, who was born in a stable next-door to Jesus on the same night, is mistaken as the prophesied messiah by the three wise men. Out of love for the young rebel Judith and hatred for the occupying Romans, he joins the People's Front of Judea, and unwittingly gathers his own group of followers.

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0
The Crimson Permanent Assurance

The Crimson Permanent Assurance

(1983)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones
1
0
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
R

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

(1982)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
0
0
And Now for Something Completely Different
PG

And Now for Something Completely Different

(1971)
1
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
1
0
The Meaning of Life
R

The Meaning of Life

(1983)
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0
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman
0
0
Brazil
R

Brazil

(1985)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins
Plot:

Sam Lowry often daydreams of being a winged superhero saving a woman in distress. When Archibald Buttle is killed mistakenly instead of revolutionary Archibald Tuttle, Sam encounters Jill, the woman from his dreams who is trying to help Mrs. Buttle. Sam ends up being caught in a web of lies and government bureaucracy with disastrous consequences.  

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1
Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

(2014)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Spanish Man / Fourth Yorkshireman / Harry Blackitt / Mr. Anchovy / Lumberjack / Third Bruce / Interviewer / Himself / Pepperpot / TV Host / Second Poofy Judge / Nobby / Cardinal Ximenez / Argument Customer / Pet Shop Emplyee
Director:
Eric Idle, Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Terry Jones
0
0
A Fish Called Wanda
R

A Fish Called Wanda

(1988)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Ken Pile
Director:
John Cleese, Charles Crichton
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin
Plot:

Gangsters George Thomason and his aide Ken Pile plan a diamond heist and draft in Americans, con-artist Wanda Gershwitz and weapons expert Otto West. After a successful heist, George is arrested but has hidden the diamonds. Comedic incidents follow as Wanda seduces George’s lawyer, Archie Leach, to get the location of the diamonds. 

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0
Time Bandits
PG

Time Bandits

(1981)
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0
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
0
0
The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

(2017)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Armando Iannucci
Genres:
Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
Star Cast:
Olga Kurylenko, Steve Buscemi, Richard Brake, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs
1
0
Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
PG

Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy

(2010)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Betty Palin / Julius Caesar / Bevis
Director:
Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Sanjeev Bhaskar
0
0
A Private Function
R

A Private Function

(1984)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Gilbert Chilvers
Director:
Malcolm Mowbray
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Tony Haygarth, Richard Griffiths
0
0
The Dress

The Dress

(1984)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Howard
Director:
Eva Sereny
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Dave Hill, Phyllis Logan, Derrick Branche, Elisabeth Croft
0
0
The Witches
PG

The Witches

(1990)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Nicolas Roeg
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Star Cast:
Bill Paterson, Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson, Mai Zetterling
0
0
Jabberwocky
PG

Jabberwocky

(1977)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Dennis Cooper
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett
0
0
The Missionary
R

The Missionary

(1982)
0
0
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
The Reverend Charles Fortescue
Director:
Richard Loncraine
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Michael Hordern, Denholm Elliott
0
0
Fierce Creatures
PG-13

Fierce Creatures

(1997)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Bugsy Malone
Director:
Robert Young, Fred Schepisi
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ronnie Corbett
0
0
The Wind in the Willows
PG

The Wind in the Willows

(1996)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, Stephen Fry, Nicol Williamson, John Cleese
0
0
The Box

The Box

(1981)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
(voice)
Director:
Micky Dolenz
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Charles McKeown, Andrew Lodge, Richard Verna
0
0
Absolutely Anything
R

Absolutely Anything

(2015)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, John Cleese, Rob Riggle
0
0
Percy
R

Percy

(1971)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Ralph Thomas
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Denholm Elliott, Elke Sommer, Britt Ekland, Hywel Bennett, Cyd Hayman
0
0
The Last Day of WW1

The Last Day of WW1

(2008)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
John Hayes Fisher
Star Cast:
Michael Palin
0
0
Henry Cleans Up

Henry Cleans Up

(1979)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Henry
Director:
Digby Turpin
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Dick Graham, Tommy Mann
0
0
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python

Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python

(2002)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Ari Golan
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Peter Crabbe, Joseph Steven, Samantha Harris, Jennifer Julian
0
0
Michael Palin in Wyeth's World

Michael Palin in Wyeth's World

(2013)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Presenter
Director:
Eleanor Yule
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Andrew Wyeth, Helga Testorf
0
0
Ending It All

Ending It All

(1970)
0
0
As:
Cast
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Michael Palin
0
0
American Friends
PG

American Friends

(1991)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Reverend Francis Ashby
Director:
Tristram Powell
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Connie Booth, Alfred Molina, Alun Armstrong, Bryan Pringle
0
0
Consuming Passions
R

Consuming Passions

(1988)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Giles Foster
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave, Jonathan Pryce, Helen Pearson, Prunella Scales, Freddie Jones
0
0
Inar gahined

Inar gahined

(1989)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Man in elevator (uncredited)
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Nour El-Sherif
0
0

TV Movie(s)

Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python

Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python

(1989)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Steve Martin
0
0
Pleasure at Her Majesty's

Pleasure at Her Majesty's

(1976)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Jonathan Miller, Roger Graef
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eleanor Bron, Alan Bennett
0
0
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

(1978)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Eric Manchester, Rutle Corp. Press Agent / Lawyer
Director:
Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Bill Murray, Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes
0
0
Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat

(1975)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Harris
Director:
Stephen Frears
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Stephen Moore, Tim Curry, Michael Elphick, Bill Stewart
0
0
Tracey Ullman: A Class Act

Tracey Ullman: A Class Act

(1993)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Various
Director:
Les Blair
Star Cast:
Gareth Armstrong, Tracey Ullman, Ellie Beaven, Selina Cadell
0
0
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python

Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python

(1999)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Jones, Elaine Shepherd
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
0
0
Around the World in 20 Years

Around the World in 20 Years

(2008)
0
0
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Narrator
Director:
Roger Mills
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Mahesh Bhatt, Bill Nelson, Hassan Suleyman
0
0
Number 27

Number 27

(1988)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Tristram Powell
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Joyce Carey, Nigel Planer, Alun Armstrong, Helena Michell, Edward Lyon
0
0
The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times

(2013)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Andy De Emmony
Genres:
War
Star Cast:
Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Patrick FitzSymons
0
0
Marty Amok

Marty Amok

(1970)
0
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, Vivian Stanshall, Robert Dhéry
0
1

Animation(s)

Clangers

Clangers (2015)

As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator (43 episodes, 2015-2016)
Genres:
Animation
Star Cast:
Michael Palin
The Willows in Winter

The Willows in Winter (1996)

As:
Cast
Role:
Rat (voice)
Director:
Dave Unwin
Genres:
Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave, Rik Mayall, Alan Bennett, Enn Reitel
The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows (1995)

As:
Cast
Role:
Rat (voice)
Director:
Dave Unwin, Dennis Abey
Genres:
Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave, Rik Mayall, Alan Bennett, James Villiers
Arthur Christmas
PG

Arthur Christmas (2011)

As:
Cast
Director:
Barry Cook, Sarah Smith
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Imelda Staunton, James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind

Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007)

As:
Cast
Director:
Donnie Anderson
Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Ardal O'Hanlon, Jane Horrocks, Gillian Anderson, Keira Knightley, Michael Palin
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
R

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

As:
Cast
Role:
Michael Palin / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / Hibbern / Queen Mother (voice)
Director:
Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett
Genres:
Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Cameron Diaz, Stephen Fry, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman

TV Shows and Videos

Monty Python's Flying Circus
TV-14

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
It's Man / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
Director:
John Howard Davies, Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
The Innes Book of Records

The Innes Book of Records (1979)

As:
Cast
Director:
Andrew Gosling
Star Cast:
Rowan Atkinson, Neil Innes, Michael Palin
Great Railway Journeys of the World

Great Railway Journeys of the World (1980)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 1980)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ludovic Kennedy, Michael Frayn, Miles Kington, Eric Robson
The Best of the Two Ronnies: Volume 2

The Best of the Two Ronnies: Volume 2 (2003)

As:
Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, James Gilbert, Michael Hurll
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Julia McKenzie, Laura Hart, Richard Caldicot
Complete and Utter History of Britain

Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various / ... (6 episodes, 1969)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Colin Gordon, Terry Jones, Wallas Eaton, Diana Quick
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus

Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (1972)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Chairman / ... (1 episode, 1972)
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones
Marty

Marty (1968)

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod
Frost on Sunday

Frost on Sunday (1968)

As:
Cast, Writer
Genres:
Comedy, Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Ronnie Barker, David Frost, Ronnie Corbett, Josephine Tewson
Twice a Fortnight

Twice a Fortnight (1967)

As:
Cast, Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Tony Buffery, Ronald Fletcher, Graeme Garden
The Late Show

The Late Show (1966)

As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Malcolm Muggeridge, John Bird, Barry Humphries, John Fortune, John Wells
Ripping Yarns

Ripping Yarns (1976)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Bank Manager / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
Director:
Terry Hughes, Alan J.W. Bell, Jim Franklin
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Charles McKeown
Saturday Night Live
TV-PG

Saturday Night Live (1975)

As:
Cast
Director:
Ben Stiller, Dave Wilson, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Don Roy King, James Signorelli
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Andy Griffith, Ben Stiller, Chris Farley, Colin Firth, Don Pardo
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail

Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (1996)

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Jones, Steve Martino
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Comic Roots

Comic Roots (1982)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / ... (1 episode, 1983)
Genres:
Biography
Star Cast:
Les Dawson, Nicholas Ball, Keith Allen, Roy Barraclough
The Two Ronnies

The Two Ronnies (1971)

As:
Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, Paul Jackson, Marcus Mortimer, James Gilbert, Marcus Plantin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charlton Heston, Joanna Lumley, Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker
Hark at Barker

Hark at Barker (1969)

As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, David Jason, Josephine Tewson
Himalaya with Michael Palin

Himalaya with Michael Palin (2004)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Host / ... (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Lama The Dalai
The Frost Report

The Frost Report (1966)

As:
Writer
Director:
James Gilbert
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Cleese, David Frost, Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker, Julie Felix
Black and Blue

Black and Blue (1973)

As:
Writer
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Warren Mitchell, Clifford Rose, David Collings, Julian Holloway, Tony Robinson
David Frost Presents

David Frost Presents (1968)

As:
Cast
Director:
Ian Fordyce
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Mary Hopkin, Paul McCartney
The Best of the Two Ronnies

The Best of the Two Ronnies (2001)

As:
Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, James Gilbert, Michael Hurll
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Claire Nielson, Carol Hawkins, April Walker
Great Railway Journeys

Great Railway Journeys (1994)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 1994)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Danny Glover, Nick Hancock, Victoria Wood, Natalia Makarova
Do Not Adjust Your Set

Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various Characters (21 episodes, 1967-1969)
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Denise Coffey, David Jason, Terry Jones
Broaden Your Mind

Broaden Your Mind (1968)

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Roland MacLeod
OTT

OTT (1982)

As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (2 episodes, 1982)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees, Alexei Sayle, Chris Tarrant
Jackanory

Jackanory (1965)

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Kerrigan, Philippa Langdale, Nigel Douglas, Marilyn Fox, Angela Beeching
Genres:
Fantasy, Family
Star Cast:
Ian McKellen, Helena Bonham Carter, Patrick Stewart, Dawn French, Keith Barron
The Nicholas Craig Masterclass

The Nicholas Craig Masterclass (1990)

As:
Cast
Role:
(1 episode, 1992)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Nigel Planer, Mark Aiken, Miles Kington, Michael Wood
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School

Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (2003)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Mr. Thistlewaite / Narrator
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Terry Jones
The Unseen Frank Skinner TV Show

The Unseen Frank Skinner TV Show (1997)

As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Tom Poole
Star Cast:
Eddie Izzard, Frank Skinner, Tony Blair
The Meaning of Life
M

The Meaning of Life (1997)

As:
Cast
Director:
Steve Martino
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (1999)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself (4 episodes, 1999)
Genres:
Adventure, Documentary
Star Cast:
Michael Palin
Full House

Full House (1972)

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Ken Loach
Star Cast:
Ben Kingsley, Joe Melia, Charlotte Rampling, John Bird
Screen Two

Screen Two (1985)

As:
Writer
Director:
Tristram Powell, Christopher Morahan, Udayan Prasad, Michael Whyte, Jim Goddard
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Chater, Roger Brierley, Bernard Hill
A Christmas Night with the Stars

A Christmas Night with the Stars (1958)

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
James Gilbert, Graeme Muir, Dennis Main-Wilson, Duncan Wood, Douglas Moodie
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Toppers The Television, Jack Warner
Clive Anderson All Talk

Clive Anderson All Talk (1996)

As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1997-1999)
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Ben Elton, Frank Skinner
Home and Away

Home and Away (1988)

As:
Cast
Director:
David Gould, Geoffrey Nottage, Scott Hartford-Davis, Danny Raco, Mark Piper
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Phoebe Tonkin, Ray Meagher, Lynne McGranger, Emily Symons, Norman Coburn

Michael Palin Awards

BAFTA Awards
A Fish Called Wanda Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1989