Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  17 December 1982 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (archive footage)
Prof. Auguste Balls (archive footage)
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André Maranne ...
Dr. Longet
Superintendant Quinlan (archive footage)
Marne Maitland ...
Deputy Commissioner Lasorde


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There is only one Inspector Clouseau. His adventure continues... See more »


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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pista de la pantera rosa  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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This movie is compiled from outtakes and deleted scenes from five previous Pink Panther movies featuring Peter Sellers. New material involving other actors other than Peter Sellers was filmed for the movie. Some of the older material dated as far back as eighteen years before this movie was made, to around 1964. Reportedly, at the time of theatrical release, some of the archival footage of Peter Sellers Inspector Clouseau had never been seen widely before. See more »


The amount of cigarette ashes on Clouseau's car dash appears to have more than in a previous shot. See more »


Marie Jouvet: And so, after leaving that delightful old man, who is so firmly convinced that his famous son is still alive, I began to wonder: 'is it possible'? Mafia boss Bruno Longlois seems to think is it. Sir Charles Litton feels such men are indispensable and therefore indestructible. And Chief Inspector Dreyfuss is so obsessed with the possibility that he's on the verge of another nervous breakdown. Did Inspector Clouseau really perish in the sea, as reported? Or for reasons as yet unknown, is he out ...
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Edited from A Shot in the Dark (1964) See more »


I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Herbert Lom
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Bad idea, though not as badly executed as you might think
27 February 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Trying to piece together a movie with a limited number of outtakes is asking for trouble. Actually, they (barely) manage to make a plot of some kind for about the first half of the movie. But when they run out of footage of the late star (even desperately at one point using a longer version of a scene that actually made the final cut in a previous Panther movie), the movie collapses with the ridiculous device of trying to finish the movie by having people relating their memories of the detective.

However, during this second half, there is one bright spot: Richard Mulligan, who plays the famous detective's father. He is *hilarious* in his scenes! And the scenes showing the past of the detective (played by different actors) were pretty amusing. You have to wonder why the movie didn't just focus on Mulligan or the idea of showing the detective in the past.

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