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The Party (1968)

PG | | Comedy | 4 April 1968 (USA)
A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

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Cast

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Natalia Borisova ...
Ballerina
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Nanny
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Rosalind Dunphy
Al Checco ...
Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole ...
Janice Kane
Dick Crockett ...
Wells
Frances Davis ...
Maid
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Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)
Herbert Ellis ...
Director (as Herb Ellis)
Paul Ferrara ...
Ronnie Smith
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Levinson
Kathe Green ...
Molly Clutterbuck
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By a twist of fate, clumsy still good-hearted, aspiring actor Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to attend Fred "General" Clutterbuck's big party, after having utterly ruined the set of his latest feature film. What Mr. Clutterbuck doesn't know, is that Bakshi is present at his gathering, merrily mingling with the highly-esteemed guests he and his wife have wholeheartedly invited. The night is approaching and all of the guests have finally assembled in this magnificent villa, equipped with the latest innovations modern technology has to offer. In this cozy and friendly atmosphere, drinks are flowing, food is in abundance and everybody is having a great time with light conversations and in high spirits, enjoying the music from the band. But when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol and his real identity is finally revealed, only God knows how this well-thought party is going to end up... Written by Nick Riganas

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4 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fiesta inolvidable  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

During the scene in which Peter Sellers wrecks the upstairs bathroom, the band downstairs can be heard playing "It Had Better Be Tonight," which was originally written and used both as a vocal and as an instrumental score in the first "Pink Panther" film. See more »

Goofs

After Bakshi (Peter Sellers) enters the house, soaked from the garden sprinklers, the make-up around Seller's eyes begins to run visibly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Director: All right, cut it! Cut it!
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Connections

Referenced in Brice de Nice (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera)
(1964) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
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One of the Blake Edwards Best...
26 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry, but if you don't laugh, until you cry or your sides ache, at something, hell, at everything in this movie then you'd better check yourself for a pulse. The first four or five times I viewed The Party, I did just that. This is a gut aching, side splitting, fall on the floor, laugh a minute comedy, from start to finish! The scene where the Cornish game hen 'flies' across the dinner table and lands on the tiara of one of the party 'goers' is literally one of the funniest scenes of all time. And it's not just the outrageously funny bumbling physical comedy of Peter Sellers. There is also a subtleness with which Sellers portrays his Indian character that is very visible in his many facial expressions as well as with the 'body language' he uses, that's just as funny. If you even like comedy just a little, you'll love this movie. I give it 4 stars, to infinity!


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