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The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Approved | | Comedy | November 1959 (USA)
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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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General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
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United States Secretary of Defense
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Roger
Monte Landis ...
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Air Raid Warden
Colin Gordon ...
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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The Hilarious Story of How the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Waged War on the U.S. - and Won See more »

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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 modelled The Prime Minister on Alec Guinness' interpretation of Benjamin Disraeli in The Mudlark (1950). See more »

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The narrator says at the beginning that Grand Fenwick, sized at 15¾ square miles, is the smallest country in the world. Monaco and the Vatican are much smaller, so small, in fact, that even put together they are still much smaller than Grand Fenwick. Monaco itself is approximately 1 square mile. Even smaller is the Vatican, whose area is measured in mere acreage. See more »

Quotes

Solider #1: Hey, you see that big building?
Solider #2: Well?
Solider #1: Well, I saw it first, it's mine.
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Frankie and Johnny
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Bert Leighton and Frank Leighton
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Light, charming
25 May 2002 | by (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Yes, the "joke" is rather a truism: declare war on the US, lose and then collect the massive foreign aid we always send... Peter Sellers has fun in his several roles, along with a cast of strong supporting actors. The standard "pretty blonde" is Jean Seberg -- who seems not to know what she's doing in this role: comedy was not the lady's strongpoint.

Yet there is something very gentle and charming that moves this film along. I suppose that little something could very well be that the "bottom line" for the tiny country was world peace... Not a bad concept.

Worth watching.


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