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The Pink Panther -- Meet Inspector Jacques Clouseau - the bumbling French detective whose career is one gigantic banana peel.
The Pink Panther -- In the first movie starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, he tries to catch a jewel thief who is right under his nose.

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Director:
Writers:
Maurice Richlin (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 March 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You only live once... so see the Pink Panther twice!!! See more »
Plot:
Bumbling and conceited French police inspector Clouseau tries to catch The Phantom, a daring jewel thief whose identity and features are unknown - and is acting right under his nose. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(291 articles)
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User Reviews:
A true classic - One of the best of the Sixties See more (153 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Niven ... Sir Charles Lytton

Peter Sellers ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau

Robert Wagner ... George Lytton

Capucine ... Simone Clouseau
Brenda de Banzie ... Angela Dunning
Colin Gordon ... Tucker

John Le Mesurier ... Defence Barrister (as John LeMesurier)
James Lanphier ... Saloud
Guy Thomajan ... Artoff
Michael Trubshawe ... Felix Townes
Riccardo Billi ... Aristotle Sarajos
Meri Welles ... Monica Fawn (as Meri Wells)
Martin Miller ... Pierre Luigi - Photographer
Fran Jeffries ... Greek 'cousin'

Claudia Cardinale ... The Princess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bartha ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Eugene Walter ... Hotel Manager (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Maurice Richlin (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)

Produced by
Dick Crockett .... associate producer
Martin Jurow .... producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Fernando Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen  (as Reginald Allen)
Arrigo Breschi 
Jack Stevens 
 
Makeup Department
Amalia Paoletti .... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli .... makeup artist
Michele Trimarchi .... makeup artist (as Michele Tremarchi)
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Guy Luongo .... production supervisor
Jack McEdward .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ottavio Oppo .... assistant director
Owen Crump .... director: location second unit (uncredited)
Owen Crump .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mickey Lennon .... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... head scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound effects editor
Sash Fisher .... sound (uncredited)
William Hamilton .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff King .... camera operator
John Burton Jr. .... camera operator: animation (uncredited)
Bill Geddes .... camera grip (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Warren Batchelder .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Dale Case .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Corny Cole .... lead graphic designer: main titles (uncredited)
George DeLado .... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
David H. DePatie .... animation producer (uncredited)
Friz Freleng .... animation producer (uncredited)
Manny Gould .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
George Grandpré .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Laverne Harding .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Ken Harris .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Harry Love .... production coordinator: animation (uncredited)
Bob Matz .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Norm McCabe .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Tom O'Loughlin .... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
Manuel Perez .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Hawley Pratt .... director: animation sequence (uncredited)
Dick Ung .... layout artist: main titles (uncredited)
Don Williams .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe supervisor (as Annalisa Rocca)
Yves Saint-Laurent .... wardrobe: Claudia Cardinale and Capucine (as Yves St. Laurent)
William Ware Theiss .... wardrobe consultant (as William Theiss)
 
Editorial Department
Marshall M. Borden .... assistant film editor
David B. Zinnemann .... assistant film editor
Lee Gunther .... film editor: animation (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... transportation chief (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
James Lanphier .... dialogue coach
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
115 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:AL | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:12 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #20449) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Blake Edwards employed multiple cameras to catch the improvisations he encouraged Peter Sellers to do.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Clouseau first opens the door to his room to look into the hall he yanks it open it swings halfway open then slams back into him. A small "stop" block can be seen fastened to the floor where the door can hit it. The block is gone in all other shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Gem dealer 1:As in every stone of this size, there is a flaw.
Sultan: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.
Sultan:An animal?
Gem dealer 1:A little panther.
Sultan: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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Platinum Triangle (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Had Better Be TonightSee more »

FAQ

How did the Pink Panther diamond get its name?
Does the Pink Panther diamond really exist?
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78 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
A true classic - One of the best of the Sixties, 19 March 2001
Author: MotoMike from Richardson, Texas

To me, the defining moment in The Pink Panther comes when Clouseau is finally asked by his wife to get her a sleeping pill. Frustrated, discouraged, he tramps across the room for the umpteenth time to do his wife's bidding. We see him go into the bathroom, and then we hear - not see - ALL the pills drop on the floor of the bathroom. Without picking them up, or even saying anything or reacting in any way, he crunches across the floor and back into our view, carrying the water and the pill for her. You know exactly what happened; you didn't need to see it.

This is typical of this movie and this style: the jokes are so underplayed, quiet and perfectly paced that people accustomed to seeing "American Pie" and "There's Something About Mary", or even the bunch 'o sequels to this film (that grew progressively coarser and louder with each installment) may not get or even notice them. In the first sight of Inspector Clouseau, we see him pulling the old "leaning on a spinning globe and taking a pratfall" trick. But the moment is over with quickly; it's not made more than it is meant to, because the point of the pratfall is to define Clouseau's character in a moment. (Compare with later, more painful, re-occurences of this spinning-globe idea in the sequels). Most of the other moments derive from this idea: at the center of this caper film is this man who is inextricably dense and clueless, and yet retains a curious grace - not to speak of a total savoire-faire in all moments.

This film could never be made today. In fact, it's a time capsule of a certain sort of late 50's, early 60's sensibility. Examples: all the people showing up for the Princess's dinner in formal evening wear. David Niven's late-night repartee with the Princess - all about numb lips and champagne. The musical number - for no reason whatsoever. The glamorous locales - without a trace of irony, straight out of "To Catch a Thief", the inspiration for this type of "caper" flick. The curiously innocent and unsexual bedroom farce moments. And, of course, the ending car chase with guests in ape suits, a suit of armor, and not one but two cops in a zebra outfit (what a good choice for those interested in speed and efficiency!) And these are just the moments - see how effortlessly the screenplay weaves all the story lines together, and how beautifully the pace gets accelerated throughout the movie. Not to speak of the opening credits, which are like a whole cartoon sequence in themselves. Obviously, I'm crazy about this picture; it's pretty, it's captivating, it's romantic, it's funny, and it weighs about two ounces - it's just delectable cotton candy. And through it all Peter Sellers gives one of the most subtle, and funniest, comic performances put to film, walking around in a fog, totally unaware of reality, and underplaying his role to the hilt.

Rumor has it that a remake is in the works, with Mike Myers in the Clouseau role. Let's compare two moments to get a preview: Peter Sellers bringing his wife a part-full glass of milk that he has spilled most of. At her quizzical look he innocently says,"That was all they had, my dear!" .... compared with Austin Powers drinking, um, the brown substance that is not coffee. Different strokes for different folks, indeed. Looking forward to it, uh huh.

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