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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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United States Secretary of Defense
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Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
Alan Gifford ...
Air Raid Warden
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BBC Announcer
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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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November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rugido del ratón  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Among the musical quotations used by Edwin Astley in the film were excerpts from Felix Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture", "Rule Britannia", "A Life on the Ocean Waves", "Frankie and Johnnie", a number of American marches, including a number of passages from "Our Director" and Astley's own score for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955). See more »

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When the liner Ivernia encounters the ship carrying the Grand Fenwick troops returning from New York, the ship's officer calls "ship off the port bow" and points right (starboard). In the next shot, the troop ship is shown off the liner's starboard bow. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minster Count Rupert Mountjoy: My idea was sound. Only an idiot could have won this war, and he did.
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An animated mouse roars like a lion as the title appears onscreen. See more »

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Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »

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Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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A good, trim, well paced satire brimming with irony
10 December 1999 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

This little satire of the cold war has none of the smug reactionary stances that the original novel had. It takes aim at great powers and small no-powers, it skewers democracies (like the US and Britain) and aristocracies (like the grand duchy of Fenwick and Britain) and shows absolutely no mercy.

Done when Peter Sellers was in his "fat boy" period, this well cut little movie has to be placed in context in order to be appreciated fully. 40 years ago the world was quite different, and this movie reminds you of it. See something totally different from the same period, like Rear Window by Hitchcock to get you in the spirit of the times.


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