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Forgot how funny this is!

9/10
Author: sludgehound from NYC, NY
31 May 2003

Wow even the simple credits are a riot....Tom Jones listed as a song & the credits even played bit of Hey Big Spender. Before credits the opening is a panic...PERVERT line Just so many touches! Love it as mush as when first saw it. Few of those. Need spirits lifted....go dump on the french (lower case kind)

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Best of the series

Author: lrod from Florida
4 April 2003



This is the best of all the Pink Panther movies. In fact, if you remember funny Pink Panther snippets, chances are it came from this movie. Among the funnier elements:

"...that's a priceless Steinway..." (almost certainly needs no explanation)

"...does your dog bite?" (almost certainly needs no explanation; it's the singular most recognizable line from the entire series; the whole sequence prior to the dog part is hilarious, too)

"...the phone is ringing..." (stops the workout between Cato and Clouseau dead in its tracks. This is best enjoyed in the Clouseau accent, and is just before...)

"...relax, I'll get it..." (just after cold cocking Cato when he went to answer the phone)

"...the old closet ploy..." (after walking into a closet instead of the exit at Scotland Yard)

"...I was something of an athlete, you know..." (just before vaulting off the parallel bars and tumbling down the stairs)

The interrogation scene which leads up to the "priceless Steinway" line, and includes cold cocking the beekeeper with the medieval ball and chain.

The assassination attempts sequences.

The entire sequence where Dreyfus is in the apartment below Clouseau trying to locate him so he can set a bomb. Stepping on Dreyfus' finger and then stepping off may be the funniest slapstick I have ever seen.

The entire sequence of Clouseau trying to get into the castle. Count how many ways he winds up in the moat; grappling hook 1, drawbridge down, grappling hook 2, drawbridge up, pole vault, canoe.

The final sequence of Clouseau getting undressed so he can join Olga in bed, all the while a warbling voice sings, "come to me..." Pure, unadulterated, brilliant Sellers.

As mentioned elsewhere, the laughing gas sequence.

My sides are starting to hurt just writing this. I'll have to go watch it again.

If you never see another Pink Panther movie, see this one.

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Great Entertainment Any Time

Author: tower-1 from Washington DC
1 April 2003

Timeless classic from the 70s. Peter Sellers (Clouseau) is a legend, and Herbert Lom (ex-chief inspector) is unforgettable, as in all Pink Panther movies. The music of Henry Mancini is also great. I can watch this movie over and over and enjoy every part of it every time.

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Pretty funny film

7/10
Author: grahamsj3 from United States
15 March 2003

In this one, former Chief Inspector Dreyfuss has been detained in a mental hospital, driven crazy by now Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Dreyfuss ultimately escapes and forces a scientist to build him a machine that can destroy whole cities. He then demands that the world take out Clouseau. With 20+ assassins after him, Clouseau must find Dreyfuss and have him returned to the mental hospital. As usual, it is ineptitude that saves Clouseau, not skill or even luck! Another very funny PP film!

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Hilarious

9/10
Author: David from Albuquerque, NM, USA, Earth
2 September 2002

I've seen this 5 time and still laugh so hard I start crying. I rarely see comedies more than once, but this one stands alone. Chief Inspector Dreyfus, who cracked at the end of the last Pink Panther movie, has returned to sanity. Almost. Cluseau comes to congratulate him and all Pink breaks loose. Insanity is wonderful.

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THE BEST PANTHER FILM EVER

10/10
Author: Derek Martin Lee from St. Paul, MN USA
15 July 2002

This is quite simply the best Pink Panther film that was ever made. For once, Blake Edwards gives Peter Sellers a chance to reveal his true genius in all its glory, as compared to especially the first two films in the series, where Peter Sellers is treated for the most part as a supporting actor. If this movie does not crack you up, nothing will. Quite honestly, I think that Peter Sellers should have received an oscar for his brilliant performance here. Herbert Lom is also excellent here; it seems as if starting in this film he fully comprehends the lunacy of Dreyfus. The introduction at the psychiatric hospital is unforgetable, especially when Dreyfus starts his hillarious rendition of "over the rainbow". The supporting cast is also wonderful. One of the best comedies ever made, next to perhaps Dr. Strangelove.

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very, very, enjoying

8/10
Author: algonpedro from Vitoria, Spain
14 July 2002

Is my favorite Pink panther movie, simply delirant. specially some scenes like the interrogation to the servants of the professors house, the moment when clouseau disguises himself as a hunchbacked, with a hump of helium, or when he's trying to get inside the castle, and then when he fakes as a dentist. it's a shame, the middle of the film, hasn't the level and rhythm of the rest, is a little boring. But a great movie though.

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One of the funniest films ever made

9/10
Author: Steve from Kailua Kona, HI
27 April 2002

It sounds absurd but the humor in this film may be too subtle for many modern audiences. This is a james-bond type scenario, but instead of an ultra-cool protagonist, he's clumsy and embarrassing. But the funniest part is HE DOESN'T KNOW IT! Peter Sellers is at his best as the bumbling inspector. The other members of the cast perfectly complement him. If you have seen "Austin Powers" but haven't seen this rent it! Mike Myers, Ben Stiller and most modern comedic actors are in Peter Sellers debt!

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Attn: Dreyfus v. Clouseau

9/10
Author: Kakueke
23 March 2002

The archetypal, or quintessential, Pink Panther film: Former Chief Inspector (and Clouseau boss) Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) v. Chief Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers, and intensely)-- they are the only leading characters, the center of focus, everyone else is far behind, there is no Phantom or Pink Panther diamond.

Having escaped from the psychiatric ward Clouseau's klutziness has driven him to, Dreyfus kidnaps a scientist with a weapon that serves as a doomsday machine, which will not be used only if all the resources at the world's disposal are able to kill Clouseau. The detective's charmed unwitting dodges make this difficult for Dreyfus, or anyone, to do, but Dreyfus desperately craves Clouseau's death. Great scene where multiple attempts are made at an Oktoberfest.

OK, the plot is not that ingenious, but boy are the humor and slapstick fun. Sellers and his character are among the very all-time greats, face it--what is better than to have a klutzy detective, of all occupations, and played so well, with a unique touch, as Sellers provides? And it is essential that Clouseau is not that goofy, just clumsy and dimwitted--with an amusing comically refined French accent and, sort of, cultured aura--a satire on suave and debonair. He is at the kidnapped professor's residence after doing a sort of Columbo/Poirot interrogation of the servants, with characteristic buffoonery. But as mentally deficient and unfocused as he is in all situations, he picks up on his clues, as always. Ultimately, he is led to a castle in Germany, where more laughs take place (there is a pun hidden there--you'll see).

Herbert Lom is very funny too, as is Burt Kwouk as Cato, Clouseau's martial-arts-trained practice attacker. Gerald Ford was U.S. President when this was made, so an amusing touch was added by throwing him in with his characteristic clumsiness (resembling tho short of Clouseau), along with that world-stage man of the time Henry Kissinger. This film is short of women, but Lesley-Anne Down ("Olga") serves as the single love interest for Clouseau or anyone. Another great scene occurs at the end...

To me, Clouseau and Dreyfus's tensions represent more of the essence of the series than the namesake Pink Panther, which is not there every time. For continuous good slapstick humor focusing on Clouseau, this is the best one. For a little more balance "Return" is the best. But with all the Pink Panther movies, just enjoy each show.

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Asinine and hilarious

Author: Inthegoodlife from Jacksonville, FL
16 February 2002

The Pink Panther Strikes again is one of the most ridiculous movies I've ever seen and therein lies it's strength. It chooses to go full bore with the stupidity and throws all seriousness out the window, elevating itself to extreme camp despite the dead pan style. The plot centers, once again, around the Clouseau/Dreyfuss conflict. This time, Dreyfuss is denied his release from the psyche ward after a meeting with Clouseau so he escapes and goes on a criminal rampage, culminating in the creation of a doomsday device built by a kidnapped scientist. Peter Sellers returns as Inspector Clouseau and gives his typically insane, hilarious performance. He's given more room to move in this one as Clouseau is more senile and incompetent then ever. Instead of the often subtle insanity of A Shot in the Dark, The Pink Panther Strikes Again is a farce from the get go and slaps the audience upside the head again and again with complete idiocy. Clouseau and his buffoonery are an institution and the movie centers around the brilliance of Sellers. The viewer never even really gets much of a chance to realize how inane the plot is (A doomsday machine!?) as Sellers dominates the screen time with prat fall after prat fall. Very similar to some of the Abbott and Costello movies that featured less plot and more room for the comedy team to work it's skits. A very funny movie and extremely entertaining if you choose to go with the slapstick, which features the typical redundancy.

6.5/10

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