MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,371 this week

The Mouse That Roared (1959)

 -  Comedy | Romance | War  -  November 1959 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 5,911 users  
Reviews: 62 user | 26 critic

An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 22 Apr 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 16 Jul 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 22 Sep 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Mouse That Roared (1959)

The Mouse That Roared (1959) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Mouse That Roared.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A very British comedy about a blackmailer and his victims.

Director: Mario Zampi
Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young American girl at a French boarding school develops a crush on an egotistical sculptor living next door. One night, driving in a drunken stupor, he runs over and kills a man, and she witnesses it.

Directors: Fabien Collin, François Moreuil
Stars: Jean Seberg, Christian Marquand, Françoise Prévost
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In this comedy, set during the Nazi occupation of France, Peter Sellers plays most major male parts, so he stars in nearly every scene, always bumbling in inspector Clouseau-style. As ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting
Stars: Peter Sellers, Lila Kedrova, Curd Jürgens
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union.

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A mischievous, adventuresome 14-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a schoolgirl crush on him.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Peter Sellers, Tippy Walker, Merrie Spaeth
Hoffman (1970)
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Peter Sellers, Sinéad Cusack, Ruth Dunning
Stripes (1981)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin
1941 (1979)
Action | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During Madeleine's fashion show Claire meets Antoine and becomes his mistress. Due to the fact that she's married (to a wealthy man) she only spends a few days a week with him. Antoine is ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca
Stars: Jean Seberg, Micheline Presle, Jean-Pierre Cassel
The Mouse That Roared (TV Movie 1966)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Sid Caesar, Richard Deacon, Joyce Jameson
The Looters (1967)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Morgan, a lapsed burglar, is drugged and shanghaied on board a yacht by beautiful Colleen. When he comes to, the athletic young man learns that Colleen and her friends want him to break ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Besnard
Stars: Frederick Stafford, Jean Seberg, Serge Gainsbourg
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Helen Kokintz
...
Will Buckley
David Kossoff ...
...
MacDonald Parke ...
General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
Austin Willis ...
United States Secretary of Defense
Timothy Bateson ...
Roger
Monte Landis ...
Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
Alan Gifford ...
Air Raid Warden
Colin Gordon ...
BBC Announcer
Harold Kasket ...
Pedro
Wally Brown ...
Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
Edit

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

Taglines:

The Hilarious Story of How the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Waged War on the U.S. - and Won

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rugido del ratón  »

Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Sellers made this film in part as a means of emulating his hero, Alec Guinness, by playing multiple roles in one movie. See more »

Goofs

In the map of Europe showed at the beginning of the film, Sardinia and Corsica are missing. See more »

Quotes

General Snippet: Remember, men, no matter what they do, don't talk.
U.S. Policeman: What if they torture us?
General Snippet: Just don't talk!
U.S. Policeman: Can we scream a little?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The End. We Hope... See more »

Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
In trhe score in France
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A British Comedy Classic, and A Relevant One- don't listen to the review above!
16 July 2004 | by (Cheshire, CT) – See all my reviews

An Exercise in Cold War Absurdity.

This is a true classic, with one of the wittiest scripts ever written, and hilarious performances from a perfect cast.

It's not slapstick, which is perhaps why some people not acquainted with British humor (at least before Monty Python), have been turned off. It's also a bit sophisticated for children. It's a satire which relies for its laughs on an absurd plot, absurd dialogue, and hilariously absurd caricatures.

Although it's considered a harmless entertainment, 'The Mouse That Roared' is chock full of satiric jibes at the dirty politics, international relations, and paranoid culture of The Cold War- its just that the jokes are so quick and subtle that you might miss them if you blink (one of my favorite touches concerns a radio report of 'aliens'- actually the chain-mailed soldiers of Grand Fenwick- sighted in Central Park. Upon hearing the report amongst a crowd of shocked New Yorkers, one well-dressed, perfectly normal looking gent mutters about the supposed alien invasion: 'I knew it it HAD to come to this!' This is the filmmakers' fairly accurate portrayal of how far some Americans had descended, by this time, into Atomic, Cold War and Space-Crazed paranoia).

It should be said that the diplomatic relations between America and the World, as portrayed in this film, are even MORE RELEVANT now than they were during the Cold War; except that the American statesmen seem so virtuous and well-meaning in comparison to some of our current ones. Rent it and you'll see what I mean.

This is also, all things considered, probably the best Peter Sellers vehicle produced in Britain- all the rest, of varying quality, were much shorter on laughs (also of note, however, are 'The Naked Truth' and 'Only Two Can Play'). Tully Bascombe is not an outrageous or demonstrative character like Inspector Clouseau. Instead, Sellers takes a fairly normal, if a bit pathetic, Everyman and manages to make him quite funny in nearly every scene. And as the Grand Duchess he is absolutely hilarious- it's impossible to watch this performance for a moment without laughing.

As someone who is very well acquainted with British film comedies, I can say without hesitation that this is one of the very best, even in a decade which produced 'The Lavender Hill Mob' and 'The Ladykillers' (directed by Alex MacKendrick, who was a cousin to Roger macDougall, the ingenious screenwriter of 'Mouse That Roared.' Even if the film's plot and dialogue were not so consistently funny, its undoubted charm, and its magnificent triple performance by Sellers, are more than worth the price of rental.


45 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Columbia Girl dave-gilblom
Favourite Sellers Film Olga_baikova
The 1958 World Series nelson95
It lost me when.... frightwig71
Sequel shanmary
Uncredited Actress... Furb
Discuss The Mouse That Roared (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?