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Inspector Clouseau -- The world's favorite "Pink Panther" super-sleuth is back and at it again in this outrageous comedy caper, starring Alan Arkin as the beloved but brainless Inspector Clouseau. When a nation's in trouble, criminal masterminds don't stand a chance against the French detective with a knack for reckless investigation.Tension is building at Number Ten Downing Street when it's discovered that the money stolen in the Great Train Robbery is merely operating capital for a bigger criminal plan.


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Release Date:
19 July 1968 (USA) See more »
A string of robberies has occurred in Britain and it's up to Inspector Clouseau to catch them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alan Arkin ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau

Frank Finlay ... Supt. Weaver
Delia Boccardo ... Lisa Morrel

Barry Foster ... Addison Steele
Patrick Cargill ... Commissioner Sir Charles Braithwaite

Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Weaver
Clive Francis ... Clyde Hargreaves
Richard Pearson ... Shockley
Michael Ripper ... Steven Frey
Susan Engel ... Carmichael
Wallas Eaton ... Hoeffler
Tutte Lemkow ... Frenchie LeBec
Katya Wyeth ... Meg (as Kathja Wyeth)
Tracey Crisp ... Julie
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Gutch

John Bindon ... Bull Parker
Anthony Ainley ... Bomber LeBec
Robert Russell ... Stockton
David Bauer ... Police Chief Geffrion
George Pravda ... Wulf

Eric Pohlmann ... Bergesch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Arrow ... Spectator Outside Restaurant (uncredited)
Gábor Baraker ... Swiss Banker (uncredited)
Martin Beere ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Craig Booth ... David (uncredited)
Edwin Brown ... Beckman, Bank Guard (uncredited)
Ken Campbell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Vic Chapman ... Waiter on Train / Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Alf Costa ... Highland Fair Extra (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Julie Croft ... Nicole (uncredited)
Barbara Dana ... Nun (uncredited)
Paul Dawkins ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Frank Dreycott ... Swiss Banker (uncredited)
Peter Evans ... Swiss Banker (uncredited)
Mary Fielder ... Lady in Restaurant (uncredited)
Robert Gillespie ... Senior Swiss Banker. (uncredited)
Ron Gregory ... Policeman (uncredited)
David Healy ... Villain in TV Western (uncredited)
Gerry Judge ... Man in Customs Queue (uncredited)
Marjie Lawrence ... Peggy (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Highland Fair Extra (uncredited)
Al Lewis ... Highland Fair Extra (uncredited)
Leon Lissek ... French Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Grahame Mallard ... Swiss TV Reporter (uncredited)
Alan Mitchell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Coffin Bearer (uncredited)
Reg Prince ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Charles Rayford ... Balloon Seller (uncredited)
Arnold Ross ... Highland Fair Extra (uncredited)
Harold Sanderson ... Caber Tosser (uncredited)
John Serret ... Priest at Funeral (uncredited)
Will Stampe ... Fishmonger (uncredited)
Phillip Stewart ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Stringer ... Prime Minister Harold Wilson (uncredited)
Donald Tandy ... Photographer (uncredited)
Paul Tropea ... Child at Grave (uncredited)
Jim Tyson ... Chef (uncredited)
Hein Viljoen ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Bud Yorkin 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (based on a character created by) and
Maurice Richlin (based on a character created by)

Tom Waldman (written by) and
Frank Waldman (written by)

Produced by
Lewis J. Rachmil .... producer
Original Music by
Ken Thorne 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith  (as John Victor Smith)
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme 
Costume Design by
Dinah Greet 
Makeup Department
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi .... hairdresser
Production Management
Charles Orme .... production supervisor
Robert Watts .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Frewin .... second unit director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Art Department
Terence Morgan II .... set dresser
Mickey Lennon .... stand-by prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist (as Gerald Turner)
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Skeets Kelly .... photographer: second unit
Barry Miller .... electrician
Tony Spratling .... camera operator
Animation Department
Robert Balser .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Gerry Chiniquy .... supervising animation director: main titles (uncredited)
John W. Dunn .... storyboard artist: main titles (uncredited)
George Dunning .... animation director: main titles (uncredited)
Dick Horn .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Ken Thorne .... conductor
Other crew
Ann Skinner .... continuity
Gerry Chiniquy .... title designer (uncredited)
John W. Dunn .... title designer (uncredited)

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96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

In the scene where Clouseau is being chased through the cemetery after falling in the plot and disrupting the funeral, you can see a sign on a cross in the lower right part of the screen for a few seconds. The sign reads "Reposite En Pace: Norman Lear, 1903-1962". This is an in-joke that refers to Norman Lear, who was director Bud Yorkin's producing partner for many years on shows such as "All in the Family" (1971) and "Sanford and Son" (1972).See more »
Errors in geography: A supposed Parisian fishmonger has an English accent.See more »
Inspector Jacques Clouseau:[shouting] You'll soon be laughing at the other side of my face, my friend!See more »
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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Pitiful, 15 January 2003
Author: frankfob from California

Comparisons between Alan Arkin and Peter Sellers may be unfair, but let's face it, there's no way they're not going to be made, and when they are, Arkin unfortunately comes out on the short end of the stick. Sellers is so closely identified with the role of Jacques Clouseau that it's doubtful if ANYONE could have succeeded in playing him. Arkin actually wasn't a bad choice, though, when you get down to it. His comic talents have been proved time and again, he bears a close enough resemblance to Sellers to make die-hard Sellers fans comfortable, and the script is by two veteran "Pink Panther" writers.

So why is it such a complete dog?

Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of director Bud Yorkin, who completely botched the job, but the script is no prize, either; maybe the Waldmans didn't have their heart in it because Sellers wasn't doing it (or maybe Sellers and/or Blake Edwards had more input into the scripts of their films than anyone realized). Part of it is that Arkin doesn't have anyone of the caliber of the great Herbert Lom as Inspector Dreyfuss to work off of, or even a top-notch character actor like Graham Stark as Hercule, Clouseau's much-put-upon assistant. But I think a lot of the reason is, unfortunately, Arkin himself. Sellers' Clouseau was a catalyst for the disasters that inevitably befell him; he CAUSED most of his own problems without ever realizing it. To him they were just minor setbacks on the way to solving the case he was working on, because he was so thoroughly convinced of his own abilities--which, as we all knew, were virtually nonexistent--that he knew beyond a doubt he would solve the case and become the hero, which he usually did. You felt comfortable laughing at Sellers' Clouseau because, for all his bluster and misplaced conceit, you actually liked him. That's where Arkin's Clouseau fails. Whatever he is, he's not likable in the way that Sellers' Clouseau was, and doesn't engender the affection and sympathy the audience had for Sellers' Clouseau, despite his many failings.

While James Bond can go through several different actors' characterizations of him, there's really only one Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and that's Peter Sellers. Arkin tried, but he just couldn't do it. He shouldn't feel too bad, though; I don't think anyone could have.

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