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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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General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
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United States Secretary of Defense
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Roger
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Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
Alan Gifford ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Goofs

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

Tulley Bascombe: Remember, men. There is nothing wrong with surrendering to overwhelming powers, as long as it is done in a military manner.
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Crazy Credits

An animated mouse roars like a lion as the title appears onscreen. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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Hansel and Gretel Meet Dr. Strangelove
5 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This comedy is riotous, ridiculous cold-war satire. Peter Sellers really shines in this comedy gem by playing multiple characters - The Prime Minister Count Montjoy, The Constable of the militia Tully Bascomb, and Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Gloriana! The plot pokes fun at the wrangling of international politics and nuclear arms proliferation in a money-making scheme by the world's smallest country that goes horribly and laughably wrong. This satire leaves nobody unscathed - the Russians, Americans, British, Cinese and French all get jabbed. The action is fast-paced without getting too slapstick. It's not exactly brain-food, but it will leave you snickering.


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