To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him.
Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther."
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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
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Blake Edwards' original cut ran 124 minutes, and was submitted to the British Board of Film Censors in 1976. Afterward, the film was cut to 103 minutes. That version was shown in cinemas, on VHS and on DVD. Most of the cut scenes involved Sellers' journey to, and arrival in, England. The 124-minute original cut has never surfaced, but a large chunk of the deleted footage was used in Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). The scenes include Peter Sellers in the car on the way to the airport, Sellers on a plane to England (excerpts are in the trailer), Sellers meeting the English police at the airport, and an extended version of Sellers going into his apartment near the beginning of the film, with rice flying everywhere. Deleted scenes involving Harvey Korman's character "Balls" also ended up in Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). See more »
When Gerald Ford and his staff watch Dreyfus' first TV broadcast, the television keeps changing channels between shots (watch the lit channel indicator panel). See more »
[chatting with Scotland Yard about sniffing out Dreyfus, who now has Europe's most infamous hitmen working for him]
Of course it won't be easy; nothing worthwhile ever is. That is why I have always failed where others have succeeded.
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The closing credits begin with an animated Inspector Clouseau swimming (from the film's end, where a naked Clouseau and Olga and a clothed Cato plunge into water - animated Clouseau is clothed however). At first the Pink Panther chases him like a shark (complete with the Jaws (1975) tune and poster image), but the Inspector realizes the ruse and chases him for the rest of the credits. See more »
My Take: Sellers is still strong in this sillier, but just as hilarious, offering.
This is one of my favorite entries in the "Pink Panther" series of films. Peter Sellers is always in his most hilarious as clumsy Inspector Clouseau. Herbert Lom, Lesley Ann-Down and Burt Kwouk give superb supporting roles. And Blake Edwards makes everything hilarious as it should. This one ranks one of the best. It features one of Clouseau's clumsiest, the wonderfully hilarious karate sequence between Cato and Clouseau and a wonderfully exhibited comedy plot, about Clouseau's former Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfuss cracking up and finds a sinister way to find Clouseau and uses a large laser to threaten the world to give away Clouseau. Though not A SHOT IN THE DARK, this is one of the funnier outings in the entertaining, if totally uneven PINK PANTHER series.
Rating: ***1/2 out of 5.
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