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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

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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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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

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

United States Secretary of Defense: A fine thing, the United States and the Grand Duchy of Fenwick are at war, and it takes the F.B.I. to find out about it.
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An animated mouse roars like a lion as the title appears onscreen. See more »

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References Look Back in Anger (1959) See more »

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Colonel Bogey March
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Music by Kenneth Alford
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I guess that the threat of nuclear annihilation always made for some great comedy with Peter Sellers in multiple roles!
27 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Any film buff remembers Peter Sellers playing three roles in the Cold War comedy "Dr. Strangelove". Well, "The Mouse That Roared" was a sort of prequel to that.

A tiny, backwards nation on France's Mediterranean coast has no way of moving forward economically. So, the queen and prime minister (both played by Sellers) make a decision: the country will declare war on the United States, lose, and collect foreign aid. There's just one problem: when they arrive in New York, there's no one around - the threat of nuclear annihilation has driven everyone into hiding. The army decides that this calls for drastic measures - with hilarious results.

Some people might say: "If you've seen one zany comedy, you've seen 'em all." Be that as it may, you've still gotta see "TMTR". It's just so funny. And one scene that's likely to open any teenage boy's eyes is when Peter Sellers walks into Jean Seberg's room and she's...well, I won't spoil it for you, but I will assert that it seems like it would have been risqué for 1959. Classic.


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