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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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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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In the first scene after the opening credits, Closeau gets off the elevator of the building where he lives. He is carrying groceries, and rice spills from a bags forming a big pile in the elevator. In subsequent shots, as Closeau opens the door to his flat and accidentally rips his pants, the pile of rice disappears. In the last shot, when he finally enters his apartment, the pile of rice is visible once more. See more »

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Clouseau: [after Dreyfus is knocked into the river for a second and third time and Clouseau thinks he is trying to hide that he's upset] I'm afraid today is just not your day, my friend.
Dreyfus: [quickly stands up] Oh, but it is! It is, my "friend" after three, long terrible years it is AT LAST my day! I will not permit, "repeat," not permit anything..."repeat" anything to spoil it. Now, I will walk you to the gate, to the car which should rightfully be mine. And then I will kiss you goodbye!
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Come to Me
Composed by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Don Black
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Hilarious overkill
1 March 2003 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

A Shot in the Dark is a better movie but The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the high water mark of the Pink Panther series. Most movie series' throw all inhibition out the window at one point or another and that is the case here. The movie is unrestrained folly with as much style as a hammer over the head. But it's so well done that the movie keeps it's pace of intense idiocy throughout with a slow storm of truly funny bits. The goofiness must never abate or the movie will be exposed and it doesn't abate. Sellers again plays Clouseau with bumbling incompetence. His dead pan style and seriousness in the face of his role is what makes it so great. He's clearly the only one who thinks he's a legitimate police officer and character to begin with. Clouseau's voice that was just slightly unintelligible in A Shot in the Dark is a complete parody here and it's an absolute joy every time I hear it. I can never keep a straight face any time Clouseau says the word 'room.' Only a great comedian can take something so simple and make it classic. Herbert Lom is as good as ever as the tormented Dreyfuss. He's more believably crazy than a lot of other actors I've seen try it. The scene where Clouseau accidentally abuses him at the mental health institute is priceless. One of the few scenes in comedy where I burst out laughing every time is when Dreyfuss steps on the rake and falls back into the water. You never see it coming the first time and it's a riot. The scenes in the gay bar are refreshingly funny despite the stereotypes that are a little less than kind. Clouseau's questioning of the staff is also one of the classic bits in comedy of completely brilliant overkill. His falling down the stairs off of the parallel bars is another burst out laughing moment, as well as when he accidentally whacks Mr. Stutterstut with the ball and chain stuck to his hand. The scenes with Cato are also better than they were in A Shot in the Dark. This movie does not have the gorgeous style or comedic genius of A Shot in the Dark but plays it's stupid humor better. After this, it was probably unnecessary to have any more Pink Panther movies as this was the over the top plot to end all plots. I absolutely love watching this movie.

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