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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
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Sir Nules Thudd
Clément Harari ...
Dr. Wretch
Kwan-Young Lee ...
Tong
John Tan ...
Dacoit
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Serge Julien ...
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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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BEWARE! See this movie - An hour later you'll want to see it again! See more »

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Also Known As:

A jó öreg dr. Fu Manchu  »

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Trivia

Regular characters in Sax Rohmer's "Fu Manchu" stories, Fu Manchu's daughter and Dr. Petrie (a friend of Nayland-Smith), do not appear in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Fu Manchu: Nayland Smith again. That is very good news...
Servant: Why is it good news, master?
Fu Manchu: Because I'm in no condition to receive bad news. I shall fine you each 1000 yen.
Servant: But you don't pay us, master.
Fu Manchu: Then I shall start paying you in order to fine you.
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Follows The Call of Siva (1923) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue In d minor
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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For fans of Sellers Only? Perhaps.
18 July 2006 | by (Lexington, KY) – See all my reviews

I saw this with my dad when I was 10. He is a huge Peter Sellers fan and therefore took me, and anyone who wanted to go, to see every Pink Panther movie. People talk about how awful it was, but I liked it so much, I insisted on seeing it twice when it was released.I bet I'm the only one who did. My favorite part has to be the musical production number at the end. I thought it was a fun scene for him to go out with.

Yes, Peter Sellers has made much better films. And if this weren't his last, his fans would probably dislike it a lot less. This movie isn't funny in a slapsticky kind of way. It's funny because it's such an unusual mix of comedy and adventure. I think it's a cult classic waiting to be rediscovered. And remember, Peter Sellars was warned by doctors not to do this movie. His poor health was in part a result of his insistence of doing all of his own stuntwork. If fans really respect Seller's dedication to his craft, they will appreciate the fact that he nearly killed himself, doing what he liked to do best - playing an eccentric characters like this. So why not honer the actor by watching his final screen performance? Allow yourself to forget all about Peter Seller's other work and let his portrayal here stand on it's own. Another suggestion: order some Chinese food to eat while you watch it. It can only make the viewing experience better.


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