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The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Maranne ...
Francois (as Andre Maranne)
Byron Kane ...
Secretary of State
Himself (scenes deleted)
Dick Crockett ...
The President
Briony McRoberts ...
Margo Fassbender
Dudley Sutton ...
Murray Kash ...
Dr. Zelmo Flek (scenes deleted)
Hal Galili ...
Danny Salvo


Charles Dreyfus escapes from the mental asylum and tries to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. He doesn't succeed at first, so he takes on another strategy, namely to build a Doomsday machine and demand that someone else kills Jacques Clouseau, or Dreyfus will use the machine to wipe out whole cities and even whole countries... With about 22 assassins from all over the globe on his tail, Clouseau decides to find Dreyfus alone and put him back in the mental asylum. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Release Date:

15 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inspector Clouseau Strikes Back  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dreyfus' organ playing and cape within the film is a nod to the fact Herbert Lom had played The Phantom Of The Opera in Hammer Films' The Phantom of the Opera (1962). See more »


During the "hovering Quasimodo" scene, while Clouseau is talking on the phone, shadows of the houses can be seen on the backdrop, which is meant to be the night sky. See more »


Clouseau: Good evening commissioner. How are you, how is madame and all the little Commissioners?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the Pink Panther appears lounging across the words "FIN" (meaning "end."). See more »


Follows The Pink Panther (1963) See more »


Until You Love Me
Composed by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Julie Andrews
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Hilarity and good fun
17 November 2002 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Inspector Clouseau...Commissioner Dreyfuss...Gerald Ford. What don't you have in this movie?

Funny film to watch again and again. The chemistry is perfect between Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom. There are so many jokes and laughs throughout, I usually pick up something new after each viewing, especially Clouseau's accent. The castle scene with the dentist visit has got to be one of the funniest moments recorded on film. You'd swear there really was nitrous oxide in the room. I always get a chuckle from the apartment scene in the start. I'd never knew how funny the use of slow motion could be. Timing of the jokes are crazier than a set of "parallels". Add Mancini's music which seems to fit each scene quite nicely, thank you.

Probably my favorite of the Pink Panther movies (next to A Shot in the Dark), you have to love Peter Seller's portrayal of the "hit and miss" wonder named Clouseau. Plus, Lesley Anne Down looks great as Olga and makes me appreciate a nice fur coat. Definitely a keeper.

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