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Peter Sellers returns as Chief Inspector Clouseau in this fifth and final installment of the `Pink Panther' series, in `Revenge Of The Pink Panther,' directed by Blake Edwards. This time around, Clouseau becomes the target of a drug lord, Douvier (Robert Webber), who finds it necessary to prove to colleagues that he is still `strong.' When the assassination attempt is summarily pronounced successful, it affords Clouseau the edge of pursuing the criminals through the use of disguise and the deft application of stealth as only Clouseau could effect. Meanwhile, former Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is pronounced fit, and returned to his position at the department. And, as would be expected, it all adds up to a bad time for the criminals, as well as the hapless Dreyfus. Edwards does a good job with this film, though it's not on a par with the previous outing, `The Pink Panther Strikes Again,' which was arguably the best (and funniest) of the series. There are scenes involving behind-closed-door meetings of the criminal element that seem to bog things down a bit, but with Sellers on hand they seem almost insignificant, for as soon as Clouseau arrives on the scene they're up and running once again. And Sellers has some classic moments in this one: Trying on new disguises at the establishment of Dr. Auguste Balls (Graham Stark), a veritable haberdashery for undercover surveillance; posing as a rotund `Godfather' and insinuating himself into the mob; and a foray as a peg-legged pirate with an inflatable parrot on his shoulder. The story line in this one may be considered thin-- Edwards gives it just enough to serve as a setting in which to showcase the talents of his star-- but there's nothing wrong with that; it's funny stuff, and watching Sellers work is worth the price of a ticket alone. One of the most memorable moments in the film, however, is courtesy of Herbert Lom, as Dreyfus gives the eulogy for the `late' Chief Inspector Clouseau and can barely contain his mirth, with his tears of joy construed, of course, as grief. And for the first time in the series, Clouseau's faithful manservant, Cato (Burt Kwouk) accompanies the Inspector during his investigation, which adds to the merriment, but is not necessarily a boon to getting the case, as Clouseau would say, `solv-ed.' The supporting cast includes Dyan Cannon (Simone Legree), Robert Loggia (Marchione), Tony Beckley (Algo), Andre Maranne (Francois), Charles Augins (Vic) and Douglas Wilmer (Police Commissioner). With "Revenge Of The Pink Panther,' Edwards delivers an above average comedy that is good for a lot of laughs, and he finishes it off with an extended, slapstick finale that really gives some sock to the overall movie. What will stay with you forever, however, is the image of Clouseau, and recalling his antics will provide you with some chuckles for a long time afterwards. In the end, this film stands a tribute to the great Peter Sellers, as proof positive that NOBODY does it better. I rate this one 8/10.
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Is it possible that one of the weakest entries in the PINK PANTHER
series contains one of the funniest scenes ever committed to celluloid?
And is it possible that it's a scene in which Peter Sellers does not
appear? Believe it or not, yes.
As you may or may not know, the premise of REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER is that Inspector Clouseau (Sellers) is believed to have been killed, but has survived the attempt at his life. He is now investigating the case "under the covers," as he says.
The movie has its share of great comedy moments, but is much more uneven than any of the previous entries. Some of the jokes are fall-off-the-chair funny (such as Sellers donning a pirate disguise and getting his peg-leg caught in a hole, or his schtick as a phony mafia "Godfather"), but others are shockingly flat. The movie has a rushed, sloppy feeling to it, as if neither director Blake Edwards nor Sellers's hearts were in it, and they simply hurried to deliver another movie to satisfy the public's demand. There are many moments when Sellers appears to just be going through the motions. To be fair, however, his performance does shine occasionally.
But the real star of this movie is Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Lom's half-crazed quirkiness and barely contained mania is side-splittingly funny throughout. And Lom also delivers what is not only the movie's funniest scene, but the funniest scene in all of the series.
Lom is talked into giving a eulogy at Clouseau's funeral. He doesn't want to, because he hated him so much, but the speech was written by a high-ranking politician's wife, and he finally succumbs. At the funeral Lom struggles to get through the speech, but repeatedly breaks into laughter. The scene is painfully hilarious.
Overall, REVENGE is far from the best of the series. It's better than the ghoulish TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER, and about on par with the post-Sellers CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER, but it lacks the spunk of the earlier movies. Definitely recommended for fans, others should check out RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER or THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN.
Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau has given us countless laughs. Revenge of the Pink Panther is not as funny as previous Pink Panther films, but still, there is enough here to recommend it. Herbert Lom as Inspector Dryfuss is not present in enough of the scenes. Diane Cannon sparks things up with her presense. If you love Peter Sellers portrayal of Inspector Clouseau, you will enjoy many parts of this film. Don't expect it, however, to come up to previous offerings in the Pink Panther series.
Revenge of the Pink Panther, whilst not hitting the highs of The Pink Panther Strikes Again, is still top notch comedy. And a top notch movie at that. The transition from 'strikes again' to 'Revenge' is made by using more believable charcters and a more dangerous storyline. This slightly works against the comedy however, and Blake Edwards falls foul of his one most consistent problem, in paying more attention to the dramatic aspects instead of letting us indulge our funny bone. What makes the movie work is the cast. Peter Sellers is fantastic in his final appearnce as Clouseau. Finally he has given us the character he was striving to. It is apety this is his last Panther film, although Romance of The Pink Panther was in the works and Trail of the Pink Panther was completed after his death. Burt Kwouk is given more to do this time around and it is a pety allso that he wasn't allowed this much time on other and subsequent films. He shows real talent as a light comedian and an able comic foil to Clouseau. Dyan Cannon and Robert Loggia are well cast, and that final work off into the sunset by Clouseau is heart breaking. Thankyou Peter Sellers and Goodbye. You are sorely missed.
I bought this one on DVD, and I read through the booklet that went behind the scenes for production. With only so much time given to write a script, get everyone signed, and make the movie plus the downtime suffered by a health problems (Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards) maybe the causes for a shorter possibly less that usual panther...NOT SO in my opinion...hilarity reigns in this one. I love seeing Clouseau in so many disguises, Dreyfus fainting every 3 seconds (though more interaction with him would have been nice), and CATO HAS A BIGGER ROLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally we get to see HOW inept he really was as Clouseau's assistant/manservant. Honeslty though, the funeral scene, the "Remodeled" Clouseau Apartment, and Hong Kong are the best parts of the movie...THis one is worth it
Peter Sellers is once again Inspector Clouseau in "Revenge of the Pink Panther," a 1978 film also starring Herbert Lom, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber and Robert Loggia. A mobster decides to get Clouseau out of the way with disastrous results for everyone around the clumsy detective. In one of the best scenes, Clouseau picks up a good-looking woman, ladies man that he is, but she turns out to be a transvestite. Clouseau is forced to change clothes with her and is left on the highway. When the car crashes, the dead body is identified as Clouseau's, and the world mourns, with one exception - Clouseau's superior, Dreyfus (Lom) who feels that now, he can start living again. Forced to give the eulogy and on the verge of a psychotic break, Dreyfus keeps laughing as he speaks. A great scene. When Clouseau returns to his house, he finds that Cato, believing him dead, has turned it into an Asian brothel, making for more hilarity This isn't the best Blake Edwards-Peter Sellers collaboration, but it has some great moments. There is a tremendous amount slapstick; some of it is funny, and some goes a long way. Seeing Sellers as Clouseau, however, is always worth it.
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Peter Sellers' final performance as Inspector Jacques Clouseau is also
one of the best.
Looking for a way to restore the Godfather's faith in him, a mobster (Robert Wbber), sets out to eliminate the greatest enemy of the French underworld: Clouseau, whose dumb luck has allowed him to accidentally bust crime again and again! Through a strange turn of events and a case of mistaken identity, the mobster thinks he has succeeded in killing Clousea.
The Pink Panther was originally a diamond in the first film in this series, but at this point the name has become synonymous with Clouseau. The presumed dead Inspector teams up with the villain's ex-girlfriend (Dianne Cannon) and seeks out to solve his own murder and get his "revenge." There are now glaring inconsistencies in the continuity of the series. Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), who tried to take over the world and was disintegrated in the previous film is now not only alive and well but is reinstated to a position of responsibility in the police force.
But the Pink Panther series isn't about continuity, anyway. It's about humor. And Sellers and crew serve it up in generous quantities. While some routines are recycled from previous films, there are a few new bits that make the movie worthwhile.
There are two especially hilarious scenes. One is a trip through the insane asylum during which Clouseau has a run-in with a jealous "Hercule Poirot" (you'll see). It's subtle, clever, and very funny. The second is a sequence in which Clouseau finds out his manservant Kato (Burt Kwouk), believing Clouseau to be dead, has turned the detective's apartment into an Oriental brothel.
Then there's wacky disguises, Clouseau's ridiculous accent (crazier here than ever), and the comic "action" scenes involving shoot-outs and car chases. Kato is given a bigger sidekick role than usual here, and Sellers' final moment as Clouseau is perfect: walking off into the moonlit night, arm-in-arm with a beautiful woman, explaining what made him decide to become a policeman in the first place. This film was truly the end of an era.
Peter Sellers made 5 Pink Panther movies; this was the last and, in my
opinion, the best. Planning a 6th, he died before it could be made. I
remember reading in a biography that, as he was practising his Clousseau
voice for the 6th film, his wife told him that the dialog he was reciting
was "barely intelligible." Just the thought of that makes me chuckle. (Very
nasal now: Peuwp - did you say "Peuwp?").
This Pink Panther film contains myriad classic scenes. Right at the beginning we see Clousseau (dressed as Toulouse Lautrec) tossing the "beuwm!" toward Professor Balls, who is saved from the explosion by the "new shipment of inflatable goiters!" Then, as he explains to his boss what has happened, he sets the office afire from the burning embers on his clothes and, exiting, proclaims "I must apprehend this mad 'beuwmber' before he does anymore of the 'dam-ajje'."
This goes on and on. You must be a real Clousseau aficionado to appreciate it, I suppose. It's an acquired taste! Nevertheless, I think it's a funny movie if you like silly, somewhat refined, slapstick comedy.
It appears that Peter Sellers' number is finally up, but the attempt on his life fails and he takes it upon himself to find the person who tried to have him assassinated. Naturally Sellers trips into every situation and the results are once again hilarious and tedious at the same time. The by-the-numbers-film-making is apparent here, but still Sellers is able to make the material work to an extent. Sadly this would be his last "Pink Panther" film as he would pass away before the next could come out (the next one just has archived footage of Sellers). Fair once again, but probably the weakest of the first five in the series. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
4 out of 10
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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