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The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Approved | | Comedy | November 1959 (USA)
An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

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Helen Kokintz
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Will Buckley
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MacDonald Parke ...
General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
Austin Willis ...
United States Secretary of Defense
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Roger
Monte Landis ...
Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
Alan Gifford ...
Air Raid Warden
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BBC Announcer
Harold Kasket ...
Pedro
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Storyline

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the smallest country in the world, is nestled in the French Alps. Being as isolated as it is, its life is a throwback to olden days. It is a happy, peace-loving country. Its economy solely rests on export of its only wine, Pinot Grand Fenwick, to the US. When a California vintner starts producing and selling a knock-off of the Pinot Grand Fenwick at a lower price, the Grand Fenwick economy goes into a crisis situation, the country on the brink of bankruptcy. Three protests to the US go largely unanswered. Grand Fenwick's Prime Minister, Rupert of Mountjoy, believes the solution is to declare war on the US, and promptly lose the war in less than a day with no casualties on either side, after which the US, which it has historically done, will provide vast financial aide to rebuild the country. Grand Fenwick's monarch, the Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, ultimately supports this concept. The plan is to send an official declaration of war to the US, have a small ... Written by Huggo

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Direct Hit to Your Funny Bone! See more »

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Comedy

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Release Date:

November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rugido del ratón  »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Sellers made this film in part as a means of emulating his hero, Alec Guinness, by playing multiple roles in one movie. See more »

Goofs

Whilst Tully crossed the Atlantic to New York, We see a newspaper with the day/date Thursday February 11 1958. In 1958, the 11th fell on a Tuesday. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minster Count Rupert Mountjoy: I move we declare war on the United States of America.
Benter: As leader of the party of the common man, I say that war is reprehensible, barbaric, unforgivable, and unthinkable. And I second the motion.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia lady (played by a live actress) runs out of the logo when a mouse enters the scene. Her torch, and its electric cord, are left behind hanging from the ceiling. The scene runs in reverse in the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Do You Think You Are?: Martin Sheen (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
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One of the classic subtle movies
5 June 2003 | by (Denver, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful movie, my wife and I have enjoyed this one over the years. And each year it is better. The message is blunt, declare war on the U.S. and lose. However, it is the subtle background which is so good. One must just sit back and enjoy the movie and Peter Sellers. It is not often one gets to just watch a master of the arts at work. There is nothing heavy duty slapstick. Just a fun time.


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