The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  17 June 1963 (USA)
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A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ...
Vincent Mountjoy
David Kossoff ...
Maurice Spender (as Terry Thomas)
June Ritchie ...
British Delegate
John Phillips ...
Bracewell - U.S. Delegate
Eric Barker ...
M.I.5. Man
Roddy McMillan ...
Michael Trubshawe ...
British Aide
Russian Delegate
Hugh Lloyd ...


Sequel to The Mouse that Roared; The Tiny Country of Grand Fenwick has a hot water problem in the castle. To get the money necessary to put in a new set of plumbing, they request foreign aid from the U.S. for Space Research. The Russians then send aid as well to show that they too are for the internationalization of space. While the grand Duke is dreaming of hot baths, their one scientist is slapping together a rocket. The U.S. and Soviets get wind of the impending launch and try and beat them to the moon. Written by John Vogel <>

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Stop shooting at our moon!


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17 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auch die Kleinen wollen nach oben  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although other characters from the earlier film appear (PM Rupert Mountjoy and his opposition leader Benter) David Kossoff, who played Kokintz, was the only principal cast member of The Mouse That Roared (1959) who returned to play the same role in this sequel. See more »


In the beginning of the movie when the world is shown, it's spinning in the wrong direction. See more »


[repeated line]
Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII: It's that nasty tin thing again!
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just not up to the standards of the original
10 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Mouse That Roared was an amazingly original and funny movie. This follow-up picture tries to capture the magic of the first but just can't. The ideas that made the original movie so different now just seem silly in this sequel.

The biggest problem, for me, is that Peter Sellars who was SO IMPORTANT to the original (playing a multitude of roles) isn't in this movie and so there are NO familiar faces. Margaret Rutherford is now the queen (and Peter Sellars made a much prettier queen), and Ron Moody and so many others take on most of the other roles from the original.

My attitude is that if you CAN'T get the original cast, don't bother. This is a fair movie but can't hold a candle to the original.

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