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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

 -  Comedy  -  8 August 1980 (USA)
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Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, ... See full summary »

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Alice Rage
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Sir Roger Avery
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Joe Capone
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Robert Townsend
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Pete Williams
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Ismail
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Perkins
John Sharp ...
Sir Nules Thudd
Clément Harari ...
Dr. Wretch
Kwan-Young Lee ...
Tong
John Tan ...
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Serge Julien ...
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Johns Rajohnson ...
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Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, starting with the Star of Leningrad diamond, nabbed from a Soviet exhibition in Washington. The FBI sends agents Capone and Williams to England to confer with Nayland Smith, an expert on Fu. Nayland suspects Fu will kidnap the king and queen and demand the George V diamond as ransom. Scotland Yard recruits Alice Rage to stand-in for the queen. Fu nabs the "fake" queen; Rage becomes enamored of Fu and aids him in his quest for the George V diamond. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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He's evil. He's diabolical. He's invincible. He's engaged. (He's also available for parties). See more »

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A jó öreg dr. Fu Manchu  »

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Burt Kwouk:  As Fu Manchu's Servant. Kwouk worked with Peter Sellers on four Pink Panther movies. Upon seeing him in this film, Seller's character says, "Your face is familiar". This can be interpreted as both a reference to them having appeared in those four films as well as a reference to Kwouk's uncredited appearances in two "Fu Manchu" films which starred Christopher Lee. See more »

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Fu Manchu: I had no idea that mere domestic power could be so stimulating.
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Follows The Scented Envelopes (1923) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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An underrated movie
28 February 2001 | by (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

If you enjoyed the Pink Panther movies, try this one. I keep hearing about how this was a bad end to Peter Sellers' career, but I liked it. Perhaps these people are influenced by what they've heard. Hear me say it's funny, and go watch it yourself.

It's a cute satire/parody of the books, and, actually, reading one will add a little spice to the movie. Sellers also makes several little nudges to the audience when his dialog speaks about the movie. Sure, there are several dumb bits, but I think that the good parts greatly outweigh them. The movie, while with some Panther feeling, seems to be stretching a little toward Python and away from Stooges (slapstick). There's something else I recently picked upon, and that's its early 70s feeling (or late 60s), although it was made in 1980.

If you're looking for something a little dumb and silly, but that a person with a little extra brain would pick out the extra bits in, this is a pretty good movie.


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