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The Mouse That Roared (1959)

 -  Comedy | Romance | War  -  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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MacDonald Parke ...
General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
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United States Secretary of Defense
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Roger
Monte Landis ...
Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
Alan Gifford ...
Air Raid Warden
Colin Gordon ...
BBC Announcer
Harold Kasket ...
Pedro
Wally Brown ...
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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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November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rugido del ratón  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The New York invasion sequence was filmed in Manhattan on a Sunday morning, accounting for the city's empty streets. See more »

Goofs

The narrator tells us that the mock version of Grand Fenwick's wine drove the real wine out of the U.S. market in 1959. A news announcer later reports the score of the last game of the 1958 World Series. See more »

Quotes

Helen Kokintz: You can turn around right now and kiss me if you want to.
Tulley Bascombe: Really?
Helen Kokintz: Really.
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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, is left behind hanging from the ceiling. The scene runs in reverse in the end credits. See more »

Connections

References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
(1859) (uncredited)
(also called "The Marines' Hymn")
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genevieve de Brabant"
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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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