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Inspector Clouseau mysteriously disappears and a journalist attempts to uncover the mystery. New scenes are interspersed with old footage of Peter Sellers from the previous films.

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The Pink Panther diamond is stolen once again from Lugash and the authorities call in Chief Inspector Clouseau from France. His plane disappears en-route. This time, famous French TV reporter Marie Jouvet sets out to solve the mystery and starts to interview everybody connected to Clouseau. Each interviewee Dreyfus, Sir Charles & Lady Lytton (an ex-wife of Clouseau), George Lytton, Hercule Lajoy (assistant in "A Shot In The Dark"), and Cato tell of their run-ins with Clouseau. She is also kidnapped by mobster Bruno Langlois who doesn't want Clouseau found but she continues and finds Clouseau Sr., Clouseau's father. Is Clouseau alive or is he dead? Each interview has not-yet-seen or famous clips from the previous movies (since Peter Sellers has sadly passed away) as Marie continues to get a honest view or impression of the great French detective... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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The Newest and Funniest 'Panther' of them all. See more »

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17 December 1982 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The actor who plays Chief Inspector Clouseau in scenes shot after Sellers' death was John Taylor, who doubled Sellers in The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980). See more »

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In this movie Sir Charles is married to Simone the character from the first Pink Panther movie. But in the Return of the Pink Panther (the third movie) Sir Charles was married to Claudine. See more »

Quotes

Marie Jouvet: I don't know why, but I have the distinct impression that I was expected.
Hercule Lajoy: Clouseau has disappeared. You're a reporter? Elementary.
Marie Jouvet: Spoken like a true policeman.
Hercule Lajoy: A retired policeman.
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Follows The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) See more »

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You Go To My Head
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Music by J. Fred Coots
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A Travesty
16 January 2000 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

Blake Edwards was not interested in doing a "tribute" to the late Peter Sellers with this movie. What he wanted to do was find a way to milk more money out of the property by first setting us up with a "Clouseau disappears" movie to squeeze the last nickel out of Sellers posthumously and then hope audiences would come back for the dreadful follow-up with Ted Wass and he could then get some more movies out of it. For the first half, we have half a plot by using old Sellers outtakes and then when he runs out it turns into a "tribute" by spotlighting old clips. What I remember so vividly when I saw this movie in the theaters was how after the outtakes ended, absolutely no one in the theater laughed for the last half of the movie.

If Edwards wanted to do a proper "tribute" he would have taken these Sellers outtakes (which are funny) and put them back into longer directors cut versions of the Panther films they were originally intended for (one outtake finally clears up why Clouseau keeps referring to Colin Blakely as "Sergeant Yard" in "Pink Panther Strikes Again"). The end result would have pleased everyone as a proper tribute to Sellers' genius and when Edwards used to know how to make a funny movie. Unfortunately Edwards wasn't bright enough to think of a sensible idea like that.


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