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The Mouse That Roared
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Director:
Writers:
Roger MacDougall (screenplay) &
Stanley Mann (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
November 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Hilarious Story of How the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Waged War on the U.S. - and Won See more »
Plot:
An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
One of the classic subtle movies See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert of Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe

Jean Seberg ... Helen Kokintz

William Hartnell ... Will Buckley
David Kossoff ... Doctor Alfred Kokintz

Leo McKern ... Benter
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wally Brown ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
Jacques Cey ... Ticket Collector (uncredited)
Charles Clay ... British Ambassador (uncredited)
Henry De Bray ... French Ambassador (uncredited)
Guy Deghy ... Soviet Ambassador (uncredited)
Bill Edwards ... Army Captain (uncredited)
Richard Gatehouse ... Mulligan (uncredited)
George Margo ... O'Hara (uncredited)
Lionel Murton ... American General at the Pentagon (uncredited)
Bill Nagy ... U.S. Policeman (uncredited)
Robert O'Neil ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stuart Saunders ... Cunard Captain (uncredited)
Ken Stanley ... Cunard Second Officer (uncredited)
Mavis Villiers ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Bird Seller (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Arnold 
 
Writing credits
Roger MacDougall (screenplay) &
Stanley Mann (screenplay)

Leonard Wibberley (novel)

Produced by
Jon Penington .... associate producer
Walter Shenson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edwin Astley (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Raymond Poulton 
 
Art Direction by
Geoffrey Drake 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup
Joyce James .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Leon Becker .... production supervisor
James H. Ware .... production manager (as James Ware)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Shipway .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Red Law .... sound
Richard Marden .... sound editor
George Stephenson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
John Winbolt .... second unit cameraman (as John Wimbolt)
 
Music Department
Edwin Astley .... music conducted by
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... titles designed by
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Carl Foreman .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
83 min
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Color:
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The New York invasion sequence was filmed in Manhattan on a Sunday morning, accounting for the city's empty streets.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Grand Fenwick's army sets sail for home, the headlines in one American newspapers (the San Francisco Review) talks about war mobilisation. American newspapers would spell it mobilization.See more »
Quotes:
Prime Minster Count Rupert Mountjoy:We must declare war on the United States.
Benter:But we can never win such a war!
Prime Minster Count Rupert Mountjoy:Of course not, but we could win the peace. I've given this a lot of thought gentlemen and I'm perfectly positive that I am right. You must remember, the Americans are a very strange people. Whereas other countries rarely forgive anything, the Americans forgive anything. There isn't a more profitable undertaking for any country than to declare war on the United States and to be defeated.
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Soundtrack:
La MarseillaiseSee more »

FAQ

Was this based on a novel?
Who were the Duchess and the Prime Minister based on?
Where exactly is Grand Fenwick?
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
One of the classic subtle movies, 5 June 2003
Author: sneagle from Denver, Colorado

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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