Up 2,476 this week

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  17 December 1982 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 7,013 users  
Reviews: 58 user | 21 critic

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.



(story), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

Related News

Graham Stark obituary
| The Guardian - TV News
Graham Stark obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 40 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
a list of 38 titles
created 07 Sep 2012
a list of 41 titles
created 22 Jul 2013
a list of 29 titles
created 01 Oct 2013
a list of 21 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Trail of the Pink Panther.

User Polls



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Inspector Clouseau disappears, and the Surete wants the world's second best detective to look for him. However, Clouseau's enemy, Dreyfus, rigs the Surete's computer to select, instead, the... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: David Niven, Robert Wagner, Herbert Lom
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Inspector Clouseau is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Charles Dreyfus threatens to destroy the world with a doomsday device if Inspector Clouseau is not killed. Naturally, this is far harder than it sounds.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Lesley-Anne Down
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When rich M. Ballon's spanish driver is found shot dead, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is the first official on the scene. All evidence suggests Maria Gambrelli, the maid, to be the murderer. ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Bumbling and conceited French police inspector Clouseau tries to catch The Phantom, a daring jewel thief whose identity and features are unknown - and is acting right under his nose.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Charles Dreyfus encounters Jacques Gambrelli, who reminds him painfully of Inspector Clouseau, the man who drove him insane. With good reason: Gambrelli is Clouseau's son.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Roberto Benigni, Herbert Lom, Claudia Cardinale
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A string of robberies has occurred in Britain and it's up to Inspector Clouseau to catch them.

Director: Bud Yorkin
Stars: Alan Arkin, Frank Finlay, Delia Boccardo
The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

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 »

Directors: Piers Haggard, Richard Quine, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson
The Party (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Natalia Borisova
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Bumbling Inspector Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno


Cast overview, first billed only:
Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (archive footage)
Prof. Auguste Balls (archive footage)
Graham Stark ...
Peter Arne ...
André Maranne ...
Dr. Longet
Superintendant Quinlan (archive footage)
Marne Maitland ...
Deputy Commissioner Lasorde


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pista de la pantera rosa  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Production started almost two years after it's lead star died. Therefore, Peter Sellers features in archive footage only, with deleted scenes; coming from The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), and old footage; coming from all the previous Pink Panther movies. See more »


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 »


Marie Jouvet: So you think determination was the key to his success?
Sir Charles Litton: No question about it. He was a fool, but he epitomized the eleventh commandment.
Marie Jouvet: The eleventh commandment?
Sir Charles Litton: "Thou shalt not give up".
Marie Jouvet: Ha-ha... I like that.
Sir Charles Litton: Ha-ha... I thought you might.
See more »


Edited from The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) 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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of the weirdest movies ever made
27 November 2001 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Trail Of the Pink Panther is one of the strangest motion pictures ever made. Few movies (Game Of Death II and Plan 9 From Outer Space are perhaps the only other examples) have the dubious honour of featuring a star who died before shooting even BEGAN. As a tribute to the late great Peter Sellers, Trail is something of a an

exercise in creative editing, it is however a masterwork. Trail is a game of two halves...the Sellers half and the awful half. As is well-known, deleted scenes from the three previous Pink Panther movies (Return, Strikes Back, Revenge) were cobbled together to fake a new appearance by Sellers in this flick. To be honest, this snow job is executed with considerable could almost believe that Sellers had died midway through production. [In fact, this was almost the case; Sellers died mere weeks before shooting was due to begin on Romance Of The Pink Panther. To be made without the involvement of Blake Edwards in any manner, Romance would almost certainly have turned out to be an even bigger disaster than Trail eventually became.] I said you could almost believe it; because when the outtakes run dry, the movie loses any point or direction and wanders aimlessly for 40-odd minutes. Joanna Lumley, sporting a French accent even more hideous than Sellers', travels from place to place interviewing those who knew Clouseau. All pretence at the ostensible plot (the latest theft of the Pink Panther Diamond) goes out the window, in place of flashback clips and extremely dull comedy sequences. While Herbert Lom gives it his usual best (his attempts to conceal his joy at Clouseau's demise are as always sublimely hilarious) and the odd new scene raises a slight smile at best, the words SELLERS IS GONE, YOU MAY AS WELL SWITCH THE DVD OFF seem to flash before our eyes and cannot be ignored. Richard Mulligan's cameo as Clouseau's father is either amusing or painful, depending on your tolerance level for blatant and witless Sellers aping. But, while Peter IS there, there's plenty to enjoy. Highlights include a disastrous series of errors at an English hotel, Clouseau's fiery car lighter blunder, a painful visit to an aircraft toilet (all excised from Strikes Back) and an alternate take of the famous August Balls Costume Shop scene. Harvey Korman, who was replaced by Graham Stark as Balls in the take used, reprises his role here in new footage. David Niven, who played 'The Phantom' in the very first Panther movie, appears again alongside screen wife Capucine. Niven was dying at the time his scenes were shot, and over the violent protests of his family his lines were dubbed by impressionist Rich Little. Niven has very little to do here; he has a slightly larger part (his very last) in the follow-up, Curse Of The Pink Panther. Trail and Curse were filmed back-to-back, and in the main feature the same cast. Curse, while having a complete plot, lacks even Seller's posthumous presence to elevate the tired sight gags and double entendres Blake Edwards puts Sellers replacement Ted Wass

through. If United Artists hoped that this 'new' Sellers Panther movie would recoup some of the gigantic losses suffered as a result of Heaven's Gate, they were to be sorely disappointed. Both Trail and Curse bombed, and only Trail's curiosity value has saved it from complete oblivion. As it is, this is a weird and curiously compelling last bow from a true master of comedy. Goodbye, Peter, you crazy diamond.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One word: one9deuce
What I think about Trail moviebuffalo
How did this Panther Film End? spastino-1
Why Even Do It? spielbergo911
Is it not surprising that Peter Sellers' widow sued the producers? laszlo-11
Julie Andrews nmrkg
Discuss Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: