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I very much enjoy this installment of the series. Not very fond of any
of the others. The Return of the Pink Panther just has it all in my
opinion. You get a crime story, funny/stupid humor, Clouseau who still
has no idea of what's going on(this just makes the movie what it is).
The fight between Clouseau and Kato in the apartment is hilarious. One has to wonder how long Kato was waiting in the refrigerator. The fight is just very slapstick and clumsy that it makes me and my girlfriend laugh every time we see it.
Another great point of the film is the numerous cars that Clouseau goes through. Loosing a few into a pool.
The mental breakdown of Herbert Lom's character is also one of the film's fine points.
This is -- my opinion -- the funniest of the series. I have always enjoyed it, and most likely will always enjoy it.
The famous and invaluable diamond known as the Pink Panther is stolen once
again from the museum in Lugash, and the authorities decide immediately that
to effect the return of this National Treasure they must seek the help of
the one man they know will bring the needed expertise to the case:
Clouseau. And so it is that `The Return Of The Pink Panther' is entrusted
to none other than the inimitable Inspector (Peter Sellers) from France,
much to the chagrin of Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), who, knowing
what unbridled mayhem Clouseau is really capable of, would like nothing more
than to be rid of him once and for all. But such a request from the
sovereign authorities of a friendly nation cannot be denied, and Clouseau is
therefore dispatched with all haste to Lugash, with orders to bring the
criminals to justice, and insure that the case is indeed-- to quote
Some ten years had passed since director Blake Edwards and Sellers had
teamed up for the brilliant film `A Shot In The Dark,' before coming
together once again for this third installment chronicling the misadventures
of the `belov-ed' Inspector Clouseau. But the wait was certainly worth it.
Cleverly written and delivered, it affords Sellers ample opportunities to do
what he does best: Make you laugh. Whether affecting an alias in disguise
or forthrightly confronting the usual suspects, Clouseau deftly uncovers
every `ploy' attempted by the unscrupulous thieves he seeks. There are
moments so hilarious that even co-star Catherine Schell (Claudine) has
trouble keeping a straight face at times; but rather than being a
distraction (as you'd think it would be), it somehow makes it even funnier.
And it's a great example of why this movie is so good, and why it works so
well. Simply put, it's fun. Edwards has a formula for success that begins
with having a good story at the core, an excellent supporting cast to flesh
it all out, then mixing it all together with the main ingredient which is,
of course, Sellers. It's one that works, and of which directors of some of
the more recent fare being proffered as `comedy' could
Christopher Plummer is well cast as debonair master thief Sir Charles
Litton, bringing an air of sophistication to the film that contrasts so well
with the antics of Sellers. Characters returning after debuting in `A Shot
In The Dark' include the terrific Lom, whose Chief Inspector Dreyfus is the
perfect foil for Clouseau; Andre Maranne (Francois); and of course Burt
Kwouk as Clouseau's ever-attacking manservant, Cato. The scenes between
Sellers and Kwouk, in which they spar at Clouseau's house, are a riot, as is
the way Sellers and Lom play off of one another throughout the film (or the
series, for that matter); Lom's `reactions' alone to what Sellers is doing
are classic bits of comedy.
Rounding out the supporting cast are Peter Arne (Colonel Sharky), Peter
Jeffrey (General Wadafi), Gregoire Aslan (Chief of Lugash Police), Victor
Spinetti (Hotel Concierge) and John Bluthal (Blind Beggar). A number of
elements go into making a comedy work, and `The Return Of The Pink Panther'
has them all, but most especially, Peter Sellers, who without a doubt is one
of the funniest actors ever to grace the silver screen. His comedy works
because he always plays it straight and allows the humor to flow naturally
from the situation at hand; there's never a laugh that is forced or false.
Consider one of the opening scenes in which Clouseau, walking a beat,
questions a blind beggar with a monkey about having the proper permits to
beg, all while the bank in front of which they are standing is being robbed.
There's a purity about it that makes it a joy to watch; the kind of film
you can see over and over again and never get tired of. One of the great
things about video and DVD is that it affords us the opportunity of cuing up
this film-- as well as the other `Panther' movies-- at will. For a lot of
laughs, take advantage of the technology at hand and check out Peter Sellers
and discover what `classic' comedy is all about. It never gets old, and
somehow just keeps getting better with age. I rate this one 9/10.
Peter Sellers is in top form in the Pink Panther Returns as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. This time around Closeau has been assigned to track down the thief that has stolen the Pink Panther Diamond from the Lugash. All evidence points to the supposedly retired thief the Phantom (also seen in The original Pink Panther but played there by David Niven )aka Charles Lytton. It is in true slapstick style that we see Clouseau bumble through one laugh out loud situation to another in trying to solve the case. Standout scenes include Clouseau going to Charle's Lytton's home posing as a telephone repair man, a runaway vacuum cleaner a fantastic escape by Charles Lytton from some thugs. There are many great moments in this film, and I would highly suggest it not only for a lot of laughs but for the comedic story.
Out of all of the Pink Panther movies this one is my all time favorite.
Clouseau is at it again, bungling at his best. His boss who is on the edge for terminating him, indefinitely! And I don't mean by saying "You're FIRED!" I mean he's going to kill him! He called everyone aroud him "idiots" especially his assistant after he accidentally shoots off his nose. The fight scene between Kato and Clouseau was nothing more than mockery of the matial arts. Other than that I enjoyed every part of the movie.
10. Case CLOSED!
Return of the Pink Panther is an outstanding comedy starring Peter Sellers as the lovable and totally incompetent Inspect Clouseau. I remember seeing this film for the first time just after its release and laughed so hard that my wife refused to sit next to me in the theatre. There are a few slow spots, mainly those without Sellers' charm on screen but there are more than enough belly laughs in this movie to make up for that. Don't miss it.
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.
"The Return of the Pink Panther" is the fourth movie in the "Pink Panther" franchise, marking Peter Sellers' return to what must be his signature role, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Previously, Alan Arkin had stepped into his shoes for one movie, apparently with bad results. In "Return," the fabled Pink Panther diamond is again stolen, with the Phantom's calling card monogrammed glove left as a clue. Clouseau goes back on the case, as does Sir Charles Lytton (Christopher Plummer, taking over for David Niven), the former Phantom himself. Anyway, this movie shows the progress of the "Panther" franchise, when the crazy characters and Clouseau's wacky mannerisms start to really show. Sellers brings slapstick to a fever pitch, making a shambles of everything in his path, not to mention the sanity of his superior, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, played by Herbert Lom. There are lots of funny scenes, including the one in which Clouseau is distracted from a bank robbery by a "blind" accordionist and his chimpanzee "minkey." It's definitely one of the better chapters in the "Pink Panther" saga.
This is probably the fourth best film in the series, rating only ahead of
'Revenge' in terms of the original Sellers' films. There is some very
stuff, but not quite up to the standards set in some of the other
For me, the sequence starting with Clouseau vacuuming Lady Linton's apartment is the best in the movie. Our first meeting with Guy Gadua (sp?) is hysterical as well.
Christopher Plummer is good, but Niven would have been better. Too bad he was unavailable.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
SPOILERS With a show stealing turn as bumbling Inspector Clouseau in
1963's "The Pink Panther", Peter Sellers was a phenomenon. In 1964, the
character was such a success that Sellers would reprise him in the
vastly superior "A Shot In The Dark".
As a result of two wonderful performances as the inept Frenchman, it feels remarkable that it took another 11 years before Sellers would retake the Mantle of the Inspector. When he did though, Sellers put in yet another fine performance as he wandered aimlessly around, causing trouble in his wake.
In "The Return of the Pink Panther", the famous diamond has one again been stolen. With a glove marked with a "P" left at the scene of the crime, Clouseau believes that Sir Charles Litton (David Niven now being replaced by Christopher Plummer) is out of retirement. As Litton travels around the globe to try to clear his name, Clouseau follows with the plan to arrest him.
The true beauty of "The Return of the Pink Panther" is that director Blake Edwards has learnt the true value of both the brand name and Sellers. By combining countless moments of Clouseau chaos with the Pink Panther brand, Edwards manages to create a film which can be watched over and over again without loss of style or humour. "The Return of the Pink Panther" is one of the finest comedies ever made and whilst Plummer feels inferior compared with Niven, the film never looses it's pace and humour. Sellers is screen gold and with him this series of films is joy to watch.
I was very fortunate to find this film on DVD recently, which is next
to impossible these days. Those of us who purchased the box set know
that this gem was missing from the collection due to Artisan
Entertainment holding onto the rights for DVD release. Try to find it
on Amazon and they'll tell you it's out of stock and you need to visit
e-bay. Bids are as high as $100 for a new copy. I almost gave in to
buying one until I visited a record shop one day and--to my
extraordinary surprise--there it was parked behind the box set. I was
thrilled. I hadn't seen this movie in years.
To say the least, it sent me into a fit of giggles almost immediately. Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards ware among the best, modern cinematic comedic team. Nearly ten years had passed since their last collaboration on "A Shot in the Dark." Clearly, Edwards and co-writer Frank Waldman had plenty of time to dream up this endless laundry list of gags, one-liners and Clouseau mishaps (the scene with the vacuum is priceless).
If you have Showtime and Comcast On-Demand, you can find it on there this month. Check it out!
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