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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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General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
Austin Willis ...
United States Secretary of Defense
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Monte Landis ...
Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
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Air Raid Warden
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BBC Announcer
Harold Kasket ...
Pedro
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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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Also Known As:

Die Maus, die brüllte  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Marseilles and New York harbor sequences were filmed in Southampton, UK. The presence of the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner there was a lucky coincidence. See more »

Goofs

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

Tulley Bascombe: Men of Fenwick, where you hear the name of Grand Fenwick do your hearts swell with pride?
Men of Fenwick: Yes!
Tulley Bascombe: And if your country calls will you rush to enlist?
Men of Fenwick: No!
Tulley Bascombe: Oh.
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The opening credits include an animation of a big mouse coming out of a castle on its drawbridge. However, it is drawn as if it walks off the side of the drawbridge. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
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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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