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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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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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El rugido del ratón  »

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The invasion of Manhattan was shot in a section of London that had been completely rebuilt after being bombed heavily during World War II. The glass and concrete high rises provided a perfect stand-in for New York. Jack Arnold also filmed background shots on the streets of New York early one Sunday morning, when traffic was at a minimum. See more »

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In the opening narration, it is stated that Grand Fenwick is the only English speaking country in Europe. Even if we allow the common English error of imagining that the British Isles are not in Europe, it still overlooks Malta which, although a British colony at the time, is both English speaking and in Europe. See more »

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[There is an explosion and we see a huge mushroom cloud on the horizon]
Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the end of the film. However, something like this might easily happen, and we thought we should put you in the proper mood. And now, back to our story.
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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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References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
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May be Peter Sellers' best performance.
2 December 1998 | by (Hampton, VA) – See all my reviews

In this hilarious film Peter Sellers plays three roles (one a duchess) and plays them superbly. I suppose one has to have a taste for understated British humor to fully appreciate this film, but I'm not British and I love it. If you like Peter Sellers -- or just good comedy -- please give this delightful film a try.


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