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Peter Sellers returns to his infamous Jacques Clouseau role for the fourth time (and the second time in the span of just a few months, as this film was released practically back-to-back with 1975's "The Return of the Pink Panther"). Here, the bumbling Chief Inspector attempts to stop former Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) from using a laser beam to decimate parts of the world. Director Blake Edwards flogs the audience with idiot comedy, much of it climaxing in the not-so-hilarious destruction of property--and I wonder how many times Sellers had to fall into the moat before he cried, "Enough already!" Dismaying to see the Clouseau character wind up as a human cartoon, flaying away on occasionally crass or vulgar set-ups. Sellers himself looks fatigued and disinterested, as he and Edwards fail to prod much of this slapstick into routines worthy of either of them. *1/2 from ****
Former Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) has been interned in a
psychiatric hospital for the last three years. Meanwhile, the clumsy
Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is promoted to his position.
Dreyfus has a breakdown, escapes from the asylum, joins the worst bandits of
Europe and kidnaps Dr. Fassbender (Richard Vernon) and his daughter. His
intention is to destroy Clouseau. This movie is very silly, only recommended
for fans of Peter Sellers. The beauty of Lesley-Anne Down, playing the role
of the Russian killer Olga, is amazing and probably the best part of this
film. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): `A Nova Transa da Pantera Cor de Rosa' (`The New `Business' of the Pink Panther')
This movie is perhaps a little too weird in that it seems to take the
characters from the Pink Panther movies way off the deep end. And while
this makes for a very funny movie on the surface, down deep it shows
that the series is sputtering a bit. Funny yes, but kind of dumb, too.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus takes center stage in this film as HE is the villain! After years of putting up with Clouseau's imbecility and somehow managing to avoid being killed by Dreyfus, the Chief Inspector has a plan to construct a doomsday weapon and force the rest of the world to kill Clouseau for him! This is very funny and the film abounds with cute scenes--it just is perhaps TOO odd and the film doesn't quite jell. A nice try, though.
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The only tiny problem with this sequel is, why is it still called Pink Panther, there's no diamond! But who cares, this sequel is just as good as Return. The chief of police has gone insane and now wants his former detective assassinated as he plans to wipe out Washington. Detective Inspective Jacques Clouseau (Golden Globe nominated Peter Sellers) is now on vacation, although he does suspect someone is trying to kill him. His assistant Cato (Burt Kwouk) is still helping him train by fighting him, he even does it at the hilarious end. Still the same terrific accent by Sellers and the same well known theme tune by Henry Mancini! It was nominated the Oscar for Best Song for "Come to Me", and it was nominated the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy. Peter Sellers was number 57 on The 100 Greatest Movie Stars, he was number 22 on The 50 Greatest British Actors, he was number 7 on Britain's Finest Actors, and he was number 24 on The World's Greatest Actor. Good!
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