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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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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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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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy

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Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das boshafte Spiel des Dr. Fu Man Chu  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,399,109, 10 August 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,697,276
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Trivia

Known for playing multiple characters in movies, Peter Sellers plays four roles in this movie, two of them cameos. The characters included Dr. Fu 'Fred' Manchu, Sir Dennis Nayland Smith, a Mexican bandito and an antique dealer. See more »

Quotes

Fu Manchu: You were the only worthy adversary I ever had Nayland, the only one.
Nayland Smith: But I hated you Fu. Oh God, did I hate you.
Fu Manchu: Yes, but they were the good old days.
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References San Francisco (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save The Queen
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Traditional
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A delightful film . . . for those who get it
23 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have always been a bit mystified at the rather harsh critical reaction this film received when released in 1980. Granted, it does trade in some Asian stereotypes (as well as American and English stereotypes), but then one should remember that the film was a send-up of the original Fu Manchu novels and films, which were largely "Yellow Peril" fantasies. Further granted that it was not Peter Sellers best film. Still, despite some bits that fall a bit flat, it is a genuinely funny film with good performances, especially from Sellers in his dual role, and Helen Mirren, as the PC with the acting bug turned femme fatale. Not necessarily for Sellers fans only, but it does help if you already have some familiarity with the Fu Manchu character.


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