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.
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To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Once Clouseau's death has been announced, the former Chief Inspector, Charles Dreyfus, feels much, much better and is released from the mental hospital. Jacques Clouseau tries to take advantage of his "death" and goes under cover with Cato to find out who tried to assassinate him. Written by
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First Pink Panther movie to have the opening animated titles to be designed by DePatie-Freleng in a decade. The last time had been with Inspector Clouseau (1968) in 1968. See more »
Clouseau himself obviously lights the paper on fire in the Chief's office. Just before being handed the paper, his left hand, which is away from the camera on the other side of his body, appears to dip into his left trouser pocket. Then when he is handed the paper, he has to turn it around so that a particular side is facing him, but he does it awkwardly with only his right hand, with the paper still laying on the table, using two spinning movements with his right hand to turn the paper and keeping his left hand hidden (the natural response is to hold it with both hands while turning it). Keeping the left hand hidden from view is awkward and shows that he is hiding something in it. And since the camera is too far away to show any writing on the paper, the only reason for turning it is because it is likely a piece of paper with one edge containing a flammable material to make it easier to light, and he has to turn it so that his hidden hand holding the lighter can light that edge without being seen. Then when the paper catches on fire (and it does so rapidly, and it spreads very fast, while a normal piece of paper would catch fire much more slowly and not spread so quickly, proving that the one edge of the paper clearly contained a flammable substance - in addition, a piece of paper normally wouldn't burn without holding it vertical so that the flame spreads upwards, but this piece of paper is held horizontal while the flames spread quickly, further proof of a flammable substance being added to the paper's edge), the part of his left arm that is visible clearly moves in a way to reveal that he is lighting the paper, probably with a lighter. Immediately after lighting it, the movement of his left arm betrays him pocketing the lighter. See more »
Please, boss! I thought you were dead!
So as a tribute to my memory, you open this... this Chinese nookie factory?
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An animated Clouseau tries unsuccessfully to shoot the pink panther during the opening credits. See more »
That sound you hear is the engine conking out on a car that has been driven too long and too far. The formula here has become dried up. Nothing new is injected and absolutely nothing is clever. The first half deals with the most basic of pratfalls. The second half comes to an almost screeching halt while the final third wraps up in Hong Kong in a desperate attempt to liven things up. Nothing works and if star Sellers hadn't died so soon afterwards this film series most certainly would have anyways.
One of the biggest problems here is that it's predecessor THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN was so good that this by comparison seems like a major letdown. Lom, as the villain in the predecessor, was both lively and campy. Webber, as the villain here, seems very wimpy and boring. Even a silly comedy needs a villain that is somewhat threatening. There is also some glaring loopholes. One involves the presence of Lom himself. He supposedly got evaporated in the previous entry and yet here is looking perfectly healthy and no explanation. He is also diagnosed as being 'cured' and able to return to his former job with no loss in status despite having tried to destroy half the planet.
The addition of Cannon is the only plus. She is older than most of the past female leads and yet is still gorgeous and distinctive. She has a lot of energy and personality and doesn't seem used just to help the scenery.
The formula of having a blundering idiot that is considered brilliant by everyone who doesn't know him is still a good one despite the weak script. The genius of Sellers manages to still get a few laughs. His characterizations and timing are impeccable. The Closeau character is a joy to watch all in itself. The part where he dresses up like a Marlon Brando type Godfather is hilarious and should have been played out more.
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