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17 December 1982 (USA) See more »
There is only one Inspector Clouseau. His adventure continues... See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Peter Sellers ... Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (archive footage)

David Niven ... Sir Charles Litton (also archive footage)

Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus (also archive footage)

Richard Mulligan ... Clouseau's Father

Joanna Lumley ... Marie Jouvet

Capucine ... Lady Simone Litton (also archive footage)

Robert Loggia ... Bruno Langois

Harvey Korman ... Prof. Auguste Balls (archive footage)

Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong (also archive footage)
Graham Stark ... Hercule Lajoy
Peter Arne ... Col. Bufoni
André Maranne ... Sergeant Francois Duval

Ronald Fraser ... Dr. Longet

Leonard Rossiter ... Superintendant Quinlan (archive footage)
Marne Maitland ... Deputy Commissioner Lasorde
Harold Kasket ... President Sandover Haleesh
Liz Smith ... Martha Balls (archive footage)
Danny Schiller ... Cunny (archive footage)

Denise Crosby ... Denise, Bruno's moll

William Hootkins ... Taxi Driver
Kathleen St. John ... Nanna
Harold Berens ... Hotel Clerk
Daniel Peacock ... Clouseau, age 18
Lucca Mezzofanti ... Clouseau, age 8
Madlena Nedeva ... Mme. Dreyfuss
Arthur Howard ... Arthur, Bruno's butler
Weston Gavin ... 1st Mafia Boss
Marc Smith ... 2nd Mafia Boss
John Cassady ... 3rd Mafia Boss
Gary Whelan ... 4th Mafia Boss

Joe Praml ... 5th Mafia Boss
Christopher Reich ... Gino Rossi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julie Andrews ... Charwoman (uncredited)
Colin Blakely ... Section Director Alec Drummond (uncredited)

Claudia Cardinale ... Princess Dala (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dan Farrell ... Jacques Clouseau (in WWII footage) (uncredited)

Rich Little ... Sir Charles Litton (voice) (uncredited)
Dudley Sutton ... Hugh McClaren (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Wagner ... George Lytton (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (story)

Frank Waldman (screenplay) &
Tom Waldman (screenplay) &
Blake Edwards (screenplay) &
Geoffrey Edwards (screenplay)

Produced by
Tony Adams .... producer
Blake Edwards .... producer
Jonathan D. Krane .... executive producer
Gerald T. Nutting .... associate producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Jones 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Peter Mullins 
Art Direction by
Tim Hutchinson (supervising art director)
John Siddall 
Alan Tomkins 
Set Decoration by
Jack Stephens 
Costume Design by
Patricia Edwards 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Peter Frampton .... makeup artist
John Isaacs .... hair design consultant
Joyce James .... key hair stylist
Bobbie Smith .... key hair stylist
Daphne Vollmer .... hair stylist: second unit
Production Management
Denis Johnson Jr. .... production supervisor
Denis Johnson .... production manager: second unit (as Denis Johnson Sr.)
Bernard Mazauric .... production manager: French unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director: France
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director
Peter Kohn .... second assistant director
Terry Marcel .... second unit director
Michael Murray .... first assistant director: second unit
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
Callum McDougall .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ron Baker .... production buyer
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Bernie Hearn .... stand-by props
Dave Jordan .... property master
Damien Lanfranchi .... art department coordinator: France
Vic Simpson .... construction manager
Joe Swift .... propman: second unit
Tony Wheeler .... chargehand propman: second unit
Andrew Ackland-Snow .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... chief dubbing mixer
Roy Charman .... sound mixer
Danny Daniel .... sound mixer: second unit
Gordon Daniels .... sound editor
John Hayward .... dubbing mixer
Richard Langford .... dubbing mixer
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
George Rice .... sound engineer
Bob Risk .... assistant sound editor
Jim Roddan .... sound editor
John Salter .... boom operator
Special Effects by
John Evans .... special effects supervisor: second unit
George Gibbs .... special effects supervisor
Michael White .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... matte camera (uncredited)
Peter Melrose .... matte painting (uncredited)
Roy Alon .... stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator: second unit (as Derek Browne)
Mike Bulley .... clapper loader: second unit
Frank Connor .... still photographer: second unit
Tony Cridlin .... camera grip
John Harris .... camera operator
Mike Heaviside .... vtr operator
Steve Keith-Roach .... clapper loader (as Stephen Keith-Roach)
Roger McDonald .... focus puller: second unit
Bill Osbourne .... camera grip: second unit
George Pearman .... electrical supervisor: second unit
Mike Roberts .... camera operator: second unit (as Michael Roberts)
Robert Webster .... electrical supervisor
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller
Robin Browne .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Animation Department
David H. DePatie .... animated characters
Friz Freleng .... animated characters
Art Leonardi .... animator: title sequence (as Arthur Leonardi)
Casting Department
Lucy Boulting .... assistant casting director
Caroline Mazauric .... casting director: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe mistress
Martin Dias .... wardrobe master: second unit
Tiny Nicholls .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David Beesley .... assistant editor
Neil Farrell .... assistant editor
Nigel Galt .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Henry Mancini .... conductor
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Trish Caroselli .... assistant to producers
Marilyn Clarke .... continuity assistant
Bryan Coates .... location manager: second unit
Jennifer Collen-Smith .... publicity assistant
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Lindsey Jones .... publicity director
Lesley Keane .... assistant: Mr. Adams
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Doreen Soan .... continuity: second unit
Bernard Spence .... production accountant
Francine Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Edwards
Joyce Turner .... production assistant
Peter Corbett .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... production staff (uncredited)
Peter Sellers .... dedicatee (as Peter)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Norway:12 (1982) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:A (cut) | USA:PG (Approved No. 26805) | West Germany:12

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Filmed at the same time as Curse of the Pink Panther (1983).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Sergeant Francois Duval:Clouseau was trying to fix the lighter. He is sure that someone planted a bomb in the car.
Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus:Yes. Someone should have... I mean, could have done that.
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66 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
A strange, VERY strange experience...., 8 September 2004
Author: Lexx-2 from Melbourne, Australia

Peter Sellers died in late 1980, just as he was on the verge of getting another Clouseau flick off the ground. The film was to be titled Romance of the Pink Panther, and this time Sellers was writing the film, with Blake Edwards nowhere in sight. Upon Sellers' death, UA offered the film (which was originally to be helmed by Sidney Poitier, then later Clive Donner) back to Edwards. Rumor has it that the studio wanted Dudley Moore to replace Sellers. Moore and Edwards passed on the same grounds: that no actor could possibly replace could Sellers. A sensible move. Unfortunately, Edwards had other ideas....

This is the result.

There's seldom been a film that's felt as simply, utterly wrong as Trail of the Pink Panther. With this film, Edwards attempted to make an "all new" Panther escapade using deleted footage of Sellers from the previous three Panthers, with brand new scenes filmed around him to make it appear as if Sellers was really involved. For a little while, it almost works (the joins are at times seamless) despite itself. But then you see a sequence lifted wholesale from "Strikes Again" (Clouseau's mishap with a bag of groceries) and things go rapidly downhill. The Sellers footage is of course very amusing, but it's painfully obvious which Panther films the scenes were cut from (especially the "Strikes Again" footage, where a number of that film's supporting characters suddenly appear for no good plot reason) and the flimsy plot does all manner of convulsions to fit the scenes in.

Then, 40 minutes in, Clouseau vanishes, his plane having "disappeared". Suddenly, what plot there was (which was nothing hot anyway) evaporates and the film wanders into would-be Citizen Kane territory. From here on Joanna Lumley (quite lovely with a French accent) wanders in as a TV reporter determined to track down Clouseau. With her arrival, the pace grinds to a halt and so do the laughs. It's certainly nice to see some of the early Panther notables again (David Niven, Graham Stark, Capucine) along with an amusing contribution from Richard Mulligan as Clouseau's even battier father, but even this doesn't really work, outside of padding the film to a releasable running time.

Even worse is that Niven, who was gravely ill at the time, is dubbed by C-Grade impressionist Rich Little. Little can be hilarious impersonating celebrities (his Howard Cosell on Futurama is a blast) but his attempt to seriously imitate Niven is just painful, with his own accent frequently creeping in. It only gives Niven's scenes a bizarre, otherworldly quality, in a film that already feels mighty creepy. Little is also roped in to imitate the voice of Harvey Korman (more successfully) and Sellers (excruciating), which only makes things stranger.

This second half of the film mixes Lumley's interviews with Clouseau's contemporaries with heavy doses of flashback footage (from earlier Panthers), all of it so much better that the new stuff. Even when it attempts to be funny on its own, Edwards resorts to stealing these gags (as opposed to the footage) from earlier triumphs. Witness Dreyfus's barely concealed laughter during his attempt to eulogise his former nemesis...And then remember that he did the exact same thing in "Revenge"...

If there is one shining light in this misbegotten dud, its the peerless Herbert Lom. He's a truly underrated comic presence who manages to rise above the material with all his facial ticks, pratfalls and explosions of rage.

The final shot of the film, with Clouseau standing on a cliff face, looking out to sea (only to get pooped on by a seagull) manages to sum up the whole enterprise. It's a blatant stand-in (how could it be anything but?) and when he does speak (cursing the "swine seagull") it's clearly Little's voice doing a bad Sellers impression. Having passed on "Romance" because he believed no one could replace Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards only went on to prove his point.... In an even less dignified way!

Maybe the final comment should go to Edwards and his dedication at the beginning of this misguided, shambolic but possibly well-intentioned fiasco..."To Peter. The One and Only Inspector Clouseau"

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