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)
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Dr. Longet
Superintendant Quinlan (archive footage)
Marne Maitland ...
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The Newest and Funniest 'Panther' of them all. 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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2.35 : 1
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Dulcie Gray filmed a cameo but her part was removed in post. 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: Do you think he's dead?
Lady Simone Litton: I hope not.
Marie Jouvet: What do you think, Sir. Charles?
Sir Charles Litton: No. Men like Clouseau never die. They're indestructible. And that's the way it should be.
Marie Jouvet: Why?
Sir Charles Litton: Well, we need them. They help us preserve our sense of humor. And they're living proof that, however bad things get, if you persevere you survive, and sometimes even win.
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Edited from The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) 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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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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