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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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Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (based on a character created by) and
Maurice Richlin (based on a character created by) ...
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Release Date:
19 July 1968 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Low key See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (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:
Martin Beere ... Reporter (uncredited)
Craig Booth ... David (uncredited)
Julie Croft ... Nicole (uncredited)
Barbara Dana ... Nun (uncredited)
Robert Gillespie ... Senior Swiss Banker. (uncredited)
Marjie Lawrence ... Peggy (uncredited)
Leon Lissek ... French Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Coffin Bearer (uncredited)
Will Stampe ... Fishmonger (uncredited)
Paul Tropea ... Child at Grave (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
Tony Spratling .... camera operator
 
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
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Alan Arkin got the role of Clouseau because Peter Sellers was busy doing The Party (1968), directed by Blake Edwards, who was also the director of the previous Clouseau films. He was replaced by Bud Yorkin. Later, Sellers and Edwards would return to the series. With them, the original composer (Henry Mancini) also returned.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: A supposed Parisian fishmonger has an English accent.See more »
Quotes:
Inspector Jacques Clouseau:Anonymity is a virtue. Every fool knows that. Anonymity's next to cleanliness and I don't have to tell you what that's next to.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Low key, 3 October 2008
Author: clivey6 from London, England

This 1960s film is a real oddity - a Clouseau comedy without director Blake Edwards OR star Peter Sellers. Alan Arkin plays the French sleuth.

It starts off well, with the usual comic cartoon credits - sans Henry Mancini score however. Clouseau arrives in England by plane, as he gets onto terra firma he realises he's in his socks and tries to barge past back onto the plane. There's a good line in some English bigwig's office, said bigwig says superciliously "I must say, it was not my idea to bring you onto this case." "You are too modest," replies Clouseau, oblivious to the insult.

But my, it goes downhill quick. Arkin, who looks like Freddie Mercury and has a bit of Borat about him, or maybe the English spy dressed as a policeman in Allo Allo!, is proud and bumbling enough, but lacks the boldnesss of Seller's portrayal. Arkin is too low key; Sellers's man would enter a room (or reum) and take command - when someone would make a fool of him without even trying he would suddenly turn brusque and a bully to reclaim the initiative.

Twenty mins in there seems to be no plot, just Clouseau faffing about, going to the Edinburgh Festival, which seems to be in London for some reason. Even as a curiosity, you feel the wind go out of your sales. You don't even know what the plot is, as the Pink Panther jewel is sadly absent too. There's the obligatory gadget rundown, with the usual "That's not a gadget, that's my electric razor/inhaler/lunch!" gag, later used in the actual James Bond films.

Arkin's Clouseau put me in mind of Johnny Depp when he's not chewing the scenery as Captain Jack but just fading into the background and being uncharismatic in films like Blow. Overall the film has a fourth-rate 1960s British comedy feel about it. You get the impression that even a lead actor wouldn't be bothered to rewatch this one. There is, however, a funny scene where Clouseau eavesdrops on a gangster's funeral service that made me laugh out loud.

Avoid.

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