Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther."
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The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for Switzerland, where the famous Lugashi jewel 'The Pink Panther' is going to be. However, he does not know who The Phantom really is, or for that matter who anyone else really is... Written by
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Gem dealer 1:
As in every stone of this size, there is a flaw.
Gem dealer 2:
The slightest flaw, your excellency.
Gem dealer 1:
If you look deep into the stone, you will perceive the tiniest discoloration. It resembles an animal.
Gem dealer 1:
A little panther.
Yes! A pink panther. Come here, Dala. A gift to your father from his grateful people. Some day it will be yours. The most fabulous diamond in all the world. Come closer.
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Although the film's title actually refers to a jewel, the credits are presented in a cartoon sequence featuring a pink panther who interacts with the lettering in various ways -- spinning letters around, unscrambling words, inserting extra credits for himself, and so on. The cartoon panther has subsequently appeared in the same manner in several sequels to this film and eventually his own TV series The Pink Panther Show (1969). See more »
Bumbling and inept, but sadly I'm not just talking about Inspector Clouseau here
For me, The Pink Panther is one of those films that seems to offer viewers what I like to call 'humour of the lowest common denominator'. It becomes evident very early on and throughout the entirety of the film that the only running gag that's on offer here relates to our bumbling and inept Inspector Clouseau. At sporadic intervals in the film we'll witness him trip over violins, walking into doors, fall over, have doors opened into him etc. It's something that is moderately amusing for about 5-10 minutes, but wears thin fast. Aside from sight gags the script offers no real laughs and it just shows a real laziness on behalf of the writers.
The story involving 2 people (one of whom is simply known as The Phantom) trying to steal a precious jewel from a princess certainly held a lot of promise, but for the first 75 minutes it gets no real focus and it just seemed to veer from one pointless scene to another. I think a big failing with this film is that it spent most of its time showing Clouseau as being inept in a clumsy way rather than making him inept as a detective - the latter certainly would have made the film much funnier. There also isn't much of a mystery here which to me defeats the whole purpose of the film. Most of the dialogue is inane and irritating, the story is dull and unengaging and the turn of events at the end are both ridiculous and nonsensical.
The only part of the film I found to be mildly amusing was the scene where Clouseau's wife is trying to prevent him finding the 2 men in their room. Like I say it was only mildly amusing and sadly, for me, the film failed to register any big laughs at all.
If you like seeing cheap sight gags such as Peter Sellers falling over things, him walking into doors etc then you'll be well catered for here. However, if you prefer comedy where the humour stems from the characters and situations being funny then you're probably best avoiding this one.
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