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The Pink Panther Strikes Again -- After escaping from an insane asylum, the hilariously crazy Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) sends 26 assassins on the trail of hapless Inspector Closeau (Peter Sellers).

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Director:
Writers:
Frank Waldman (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 December 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Who is this man ? And what is he doing ? Who Cares. But don't miss my new movie... See more »
Plot:
Charles Dreyfus threatens to destroy the world with a doomsday device if Inspector Clouseau is not killed. Naturally, this is far harder than it sounds. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"The maddest of them all" See more (96 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Chief Inspector Clouseau

Herbert Lom ... Dreyfus

Lesley-Anne Down ... Olga

Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Colin Blakely ... Drummond

Leonard Rossiter ... Quinlan
André Maranne ... Francois (as Andre Maranne)
Byron Kane ... Secretary of State

Howard K. Smith ... Himself (scenes deleted)
Dick Crockett ... The President
Richard Vernon ... Fassbender
Briony McRoberts ... Margo Fassbender
Dudley Sutton ... McClaren
Murray Kash ... Dr. Zelmo Flek (scenes deleted)
Hal Galili ... Danny Salvo

Robert Beatty ... Admiral
Bob Sherman ... C.I.A. Agent
Phil Brown ... Virginia Senator
Jerry Stovin ... Aide
Paul Maxwell ... C.I.A. Director
Michael Robbins ... Jarvis
Vanda Godsell ... Mrs. Leverlilly

Norman Mitchell ... Mr. Bullock
Patsy Smart ... Mrs. Japonica
Tony Sympson ... Mr. Shork
George Leech ... Mr. Stutterstutt
Harold Berens ... Hotel Clerk (scenes deleted)

Deep Roy ... Italian Assassin (as Roy Deep)
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Dr. Duval
Graham Stark ... Munich Hotel Clerk / Alpenros Hotel Clerk)
Anthony Chinn ... Chinese Assassin
Ivan Hunte ... Piano Player
Josh Little ... Drummer
Joe Sampson ... Bass Player
Gordon Hunte ... Guitar Player

Kevin Scott ... M.C.
John Clive ... Chuck

Chris Langham ... Police Driver (as Christopher Langham)
James Warrior ... Police Constable

Gordon Rollings ... Inmate
Joan Rhodes ... Daphne
Damaris Hayman ... Fiona
Patrick Jordan ... Detective
Richard Bartlett ... Young Man
John Sullivan ... Tournier
Dinny Powell ... Marty the Mugger
Terry Richards ... Bruce the Knife
Bill Cummings ... Hindo Harry
Terry Yorke ... Cairo Fred (as Terry York)
Terence Plummer ... 1st Kidnapper (as Terry Plummer)
Peter Brace ... 2nd Kidnapper
Cyd Child ... Bouncer

Eddie Stacey ... West German Assassin
Herb Tanney ... Norwegian Assassin (as Sado Tanney)
Joe Powell ... Taxi Passenger
Fred Haggerty ... Munich Hotel Doorman
Jack Cooper ... Service Repair Man (scenes deleted) (as Jackie Cooper)
Joanna Dickens ... Fat Lady (scenes deleted)
Priceless McCarthy ... Stewardess (scenes deleted)
Terence Maidment ... West German Assassin (as Terry Maidment)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fran Fullenwider ... Fat Lady (scenes deleted)

Harvey Korman ... Prof. Auguste Balls (scenes deleted)
Marne Maitland ... Deputy Commissioner Lasorde (scenes deleted)
Liz Smith ... Marta Balls (scenes deleted)

Julie Andrews ... Ainsley Jarvis (singing voice) (uncredited)
Jim Bartley ... Second Police Escort on Train (uncredited)
Robert Carrickford ... First Police Escort on Train (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Customer (uncredited)

Shawn McAllister ... Longshoreman (uncredited)
Hartmut Neugebauer ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Omar Sharif ... Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)
April Walker ... Pretty Lady (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
Harry Waxman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Jones 
 
Casting by
James Liggat  (as Jimmy Liggat)
 
Production Design by
Peter Mullins 
 
Art Direction by
John Siddall 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Bryan Coates .... unit manager
Derek Kavanagh .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Marcel .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Albert Blackshaw .... construction manager
Fred Carter .... set dresser
Dave Jordan .... property master (as David Jordan)
 
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... sound
Jim Roddan .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound (as Ted Soderberg)
Peter Sutton .... sound
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kit West .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunt arranger
John Sullivan .... stunt arranger
Joe Dunne .... stunt double: Peter Sellers (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Browne .... gaffer
Ernest Day .... camera operator (as Ernie Day)
George Boner .... best boy (uncredited)
Derek Suter .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Richard Williams .... lead animator
Tony White .... director: animated titles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Michael John Bateman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Nigel Galt .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... conductor
Tony Coe .... musician: tenor sax (uncredited)
Sidney Sax .... concert master (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... script supervisor
Vicki Deason .... production assistant
Kevin O'Driscoll .... accountant
Scott Hamilton .... media publicist (uncredited)
 
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103 min
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:12 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG (Approved No. 24583) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
One trailer for this film consisted entirely of bloopers.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Dreyfus says that he will make the U.N. building disappear on October 9th at 3 PM Eastern Standard Time. October 9th falls during Daylight Savings Time.See more »
Quotes:
Clouseau:[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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Until You Love MeSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"The maddest of them all", 11 October 2011
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

This was the fourth movie in the Pink Panther franchise and, despite the title, the titular diamond that was the namesake of the original and The Return of… has nothing to do with this entry. By now, Pink Panther had come to mean not gimmick for the sake of a comedy plot, but the world of the wonderfully inept Inspector Clouseau, and a vibrant brand of latter-day screen slapstick.

One of the most consistently brilliant elements of the earlier pictures was Clouseau's relationship with the increasingly demented Dreyfuss. For The Pink Panther Strikes Again, this relationship becomes the central premise of the whole movie. As such the scope is there for more-or-less continuous comedy with very little else to complicate it. Apart from, that is, a James Bond spoof slant, with Dreyfuss taking on the role of the eccentric super villain. This in turn allows for some large-scale actiony gags, reminiscent of the wilder escapades of silent comics Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Peter Sellers's stunt double Joe Dunne received a lot of work here.

This also allows for a greater part to be taken in comic staging by director Blake Edwards. A Shot in the Dark was nearly all Sellers, and that was very good in its way, but for Strikes Again we really get to see Edwards's outsize and somewhat surreal comic creations at their most unbridled, from the perfectly-timed three way fight between Clouseau, Cato and Dreyfuss to Clouseau's bungled attempts to get into Dreyfuss's castle. But Edwards still has a way with the smaller comedy confection, as usual his trademark tactic being to make almost everything invisible to the audience, showing just enough to make a gag work. For example, there is a very funny set-up in a public toilet where we only see the feet at the bottom of the cubicles.

There's a lot of verbal comedy too in the Blake Edwards/Frank Waldman screenplay, which is of a middling quality and gets a little tiresome at times. But as we see for example in the scene where Sellers interrogates the professor's house staff, Sellers and Edwards have brilliant timing in punctuating a talky scene with physical gags. Occasionally the humour gets just a little too silly, and there are a lot of clichés – such as the "that is not my dog" line, which I'm sure predates this movie, and the stepping-on-a-rake gag, which predates cinema.

But perhaps this latter is a deliberate tribute to the staples of slapstick. It becomes apparent, as Clouseau inadvertently survives numerous assassination attempts, that he succeeds purely by virtue of the fact that he is a slapstick hero and a wake of chaos must follow him wherever he goes. It is a kind of meta-comedy. And herein lies one of the slightly disappointing things about this movie. Often Clouseau is saved, not directly by his incompetence, but by sheer luck. When a giant pretzel stops him getting skewered by a killer disguised as a buxom wench, it is funny, but it is not really a Clouseau gag. It seems, with Sellers's lessening interest in the franchise (not to mention the heart condition which kept the aforementioned Mr Dunne employed), that perhaps the character around whom the whole thing revolved was beginning to be watered down.

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