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Trail of the Pink Panther -- his tribute to the late Peter Sellers contains unused scenes from the previous "Pink Panther" films interspersed with new footage and features a great comic cast including David Niven and Herbert Lom. In HD.


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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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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:
Robert Rietty ... Various roles (voice)

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)
Warren Batchelder .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Alison Julian .... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
Bob Kirk .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Virgil Ross .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Martin Strudler .... layout artist: main titles (uncredited)
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:
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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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Did You Know?

This film is dedicated to Peter Sellers and was marketed as a tribute to him. The dedication states: "To Peter . . . the one and only Inspector Clouseau."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 »
Marie Jouvet:Could you tell me something about your son?
Clouseau's Father:No. After four o'clock, I can't tell you anything about my son.
Marie Jouvet:Why not after four o'clock?
Clouseau's Father:Because, after tasting the wine all day, after four o'clock I can't remember my son - let alone tell you anything about him. It is a miracle that I remember it is after four o'clock.
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the weirdest movies ever made, 27 November 2001
Author: Jeff Stone (straker-1) from New Zealand

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.

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