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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

PG  |   |  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
Stratford Johns ...
Ismail
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Perkins
John Sharp ...
Sir Nules Thudd
Clément Harari ...
Dr. Wretch
Kwan-Young Lee ...
Tong
John Tan ...
Dacoit
Philip Tan ...
Dacoit
Serge Julien ...
Dacoit
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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The movie's original director was Richard Quine who had directed Peter Sellers' previous film The Prisoner of Zenda (1979). Quine was the film's director during pre-production. However, the two fell out over that movie prior to "Fu Manchu" starting filming. 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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Spoofs The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (1956) See more »

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God Save The Queen
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A fitting final funny feature for fervid Peter Sellers
27 March 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

OK! Maybe it is not the best film making but it is fun, and is the last hurrah for one of the great comic actors of all time. A gentle spoof of all of those Fu Manchu films over the years,(and frankly better than many of them) It contained many of the hallmarks of Sellers films such as playing multiple roles (Fu Manchu and nemesis Nayland Smith) Using comic actors of similar stripe (Sid Caesar) re-uniting with Bert Kwouk (his man-servant in many of the Pink Panther movies.) This was also the farewell film of actor David Tomlinson and John Le Messeur both of whom retired from films after this. The movie is a fun romp with a mix of the absurd slapstick and the witty dialog of the characters. One of my favorite lines happens after a line of dacoit assassins appear in front of Fu Manchu and he says "you can't fool me with a cheap cinematic trick." This was very fitting farewell to a great comic genius.


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