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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 8 August 1980 (USA)
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
Stratford Johns ...
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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Philip 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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According to "Movie News" magazine (Australia; Vol 16, No 4), "Midway through shooting, Sellers collapsed with a mild heart attack and had to spend several weeks recuperating. When he returned to the set, he apparently disliked what had been shot in his absence, and filmed some additional scenes which he directed himself". See more »

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Fu Manchu: I shall invent an entirely new torture, against which there is no possible defense.
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Follows The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930) See more »

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Written by Richard A. Whiting and Sidney Clare
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Fun for we old movie buffs and detective story fiends
23 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like a couple of other reviewers here, I'm baffled as to why this movie is so lambasted. It is not the gut-busting laugh getter, but then it's not supposed to be. I found it to be rather tongue in cheek fun, not unlike a silly James Bond film (when Connery was doing it still) and entertaining for the detective movie buff like myself. I remember seeing it with my wife. And the ending is silly and funny I thought. Sure it's not a great film like "Being There" but it is not a horrible film to go out on as some professional reviewers have said. I really liked the exaggerated Chinese accent Sellers gives his Fu Manchu (Which I would imitate for my wife's amusement often) and the funny bit about the aging and somewhat out there Nayland Smith pushing a lawnmower over the carpet in the "home" that helped him think. And so to you Nay(land) sayers out there, I say FU! I had a good time with this addition to detective fiction satire.


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