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Director:
Writers:
Frank Waldman (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 May 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You may rest assured that there's trouble, because Inspector Clouseau is on the case...That's the trouble.
Plot:
Inspector Clouseau is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Silly, with Sellers in familiar form, but the first two are more classic See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau

Christopher Plummer ... Sir Charles Litton

Catherine Schell ... Lady Claudine Litton

Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Peter Arne ... Colonel Sharki
Peter Jeffrey ... General Wadafi
Grégoire Aslan ... Chief of Lugash Police (as Gregoire Aslan)
David Lodge ... Mac
Graham Stark ... Pepi

Eric Pohlmann ... Fat Man
André Maranne ... Sgt. François Chevalier

Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong

Victor Spinetti ... Hotel Concierge

John Bluthal ... Blind Beggar
Mike Grady ... Bellboy
Peter Jones ... Psychiatrist
Herb Tanney ... Nice Police Chief (as Serge Tanney)
Mollie Maureen ... Little Old Lady (as Molly Maureen)

Nadim Sawalha ... Museum Guide
Andre Charisse ... T.V. Newscaster (as André Charisse)
Michael Nightingale ... Museum Tourist
Pamela Abbott ... Museum Tourist
Francis Mortimer ... Museum Tourist
Yashaw Adem ... Museum Guard (as Yashar Adem)

Milton Reid ... Japanese Restaurant Owner
Hugo De Vernier ... Doctor (as Hugo de Vernier)
Claire Davenport ... Masseuse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carol Cleveland ... Swimming Pool Diver
Tony Adams ... Waiter (uncredited)
Peter Samuelson ... Clothing Thief (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Frank Waldman (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)

Produced by
Tony Adams .... associate producer
Blake Edwards .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Priestley 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. 
 
Production Design by
Peter Mullins 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Jeanette Freeman .... hairdresser (as Jeannette Freeman)
 
Production Management
Derek Kavanagh .... production supervisor
Peter Samuelson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Guy Sauteret .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Siddall .... set dresser
Jack Stephens .... assistant art director
Gari Bacon .... props (uncredited)
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Jim Roddan .... dubbing editor
Peter Sutton .... sound recordist
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
 
Special Effects by
John Gant .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunt supervisor
Joe Dunne .... stunt supervisor
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Batt .... grip
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator (as Peter Macdonald)
Cedric James .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ken Harris .... animator
Richard Williams .... lead animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... conductor
Douglas Gamley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ken Harris .... titles
Kevin O'Driscoll .... accountant
Beti Parry .... production assistant
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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113 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Brazil:10 | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2005) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Hungary:14 | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
This film was originally intended to be a 26-part Pink Panther miniseries produced by Blake Edwards for the British ATV. The ATV then decided to turn it into a "Movie-of-the-Week", followed by a move to a feature film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the long continuous sequence that results in Kato jumping from the refrigerator, Clouseau's coat hanging on the kitchen wall is set swinging by the retreating crew filming the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor:[referring to Clousseau] How much do you hate him?
Dreyfus:How high is up? I hate every little molecule in his body!
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Greatest GiftSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Silly, with Sellers in familiar form, but the first two are more classic, 28 August 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

Complete with the great Mancini sax theme, the nutty smart Blake Edwards directing, the sassy cartoon panther himself, and of course Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau (taking on many absurd disguises). This is the third of the original Pink Panther movies series (omitting the oddball fourth one from 1968 that didn't have Mancini, Sellers, or Edwards), and it comes over a decade after the first two. Was the public interested? Yes--it did well. It was a great formula. Is it still a good formula in 2012?

Good question. It depends on your taste. But surely the names repeated above are all cinema greats that, like Chaplin, rise above their time. But of course, Sellers, as terrific as he was, was no Charles Chaplin. At his best, the comedy is hilarious. And that makes the movie worth watching for sure. But he is sometimes a bit off in his timing, or is stuck playing a stunt that isn't worthy of him.

There's also a lag in the filler material, the scenes between the great stuff. Some marginal characters (including the leading woman, who is totally a late 60s type, not a 1975 type, and she feels oddly unnecessary) don't command their parts, or their scenes. The drift begins to drift. And then you realize there isn't much of a plot. The whole recovery (sort of) of the famous Pink Panther diamond after an elaborate theft isn't really the driving force of the movie. What takes its place is a slow interplay of the characters all stumbling over each other trying to trick the perpetrator into revealing the gem.

So then you are back to the stumbling as comedy, and sometimes it's great. There are so many ridiculous moments with Sellers being a bumbling fool like no one, you are sure to laugh. And that's what you're here for. "The Pink Panther" is the original, and at times also a bit sluggish, but it's the first. And "A Shot in the Dark" is the best of the three, I think. But if you like them, you'll be just fine here. If you haven't seen any, you might go in order, since the sets and music are really spot on in the first two, and a bit more transporting. There is something a little off kilter here that make it an awkward, but decent, third.

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