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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

Not Rated  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  1 October 2004 (UK)
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The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.

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Anne Sellers
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Peg Sellers
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Bill Sellers
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Dennis Selinger
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Dr. Lyle Wexler
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Spike Milligan (as Edward Tudor Pole)
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The professional and personal life of actor and comedian Peter Sellers was a turbulent one. His early movie fame was based primarily on his comic characterizations, often of bumbling and foreign-accented persons, characters which he embodied. As his movie fame rose, he began to lose his own personal identity to his movie characters, leading to self-doubt of himself as a person and a constant need for reassurance and acceptance of his work. This self-doubt manifested itself in fits of anger and what was deemed as arrogance by many. In turn, his personal relationships began to deteriorate as his characterizations were continually used to mask his problems. His first wife, Anne Howe, left/divorced him and his relationships with his parents and children became increasingly distant. His relationship with his second wife, Swedish actress Britt Ekland, was based on this mask. In his later life, he tried to rediscover himself and his career with what would become his penultimate film role, ... Written by Huggo

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Also Known As:

A Vida e Morte de Peter Sellers  »

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Opening Weekend:

$211,647 (Australia) (27 August 2004)

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£259,663 (UK) (8 October 2004)
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Trivia

Although the scenes featuring Emilia Fox's performance as Sellers' fourth wife Lynn Frederick were left out of the final cut, Fox is still visible in the background of the scene showing the filming of a scene from "Being There." She is the blonde woman standing behind the cameraman and crew behind Peter Sellers/Geoffrey Rush. In a deleted scene on the DVD there is a continuation of this scene. After the take is over, Lynn tries to talk to Sellers, but he remains in character of the simpleton Chance. See more »

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At the beginning of the scene where Sellers flies to Rome to film The Pink Panther, footage of a BEA Hawker Siddeley Trident taking off is shown. This plane didn't enter service until 1964, the year after "The Pink Panther" was released. See more »

Quotes

Peter Sellers: [Standing on the balcony] If you leave this flat, I'm going to jump off this balcony.
Anne Sellers: Don't make me any promises, Peter.
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The frame freezes and the end credits start. After some informations about the last part of life of Peter Sellers have scrolled up the screen, the credits stop and the camera suddenly pulls back, revealing Geoffrey Rush watching the end titles sitting in front of a monitor on a studio set. He turns toward the camera, waves, gets up, leaves the set and walks to a trailer. The camera tries to follow him inside, but he turns and says "You can't come in here". The door closes, and the camera zooms in on the sign with the name "Peter Sellers". The film again fades to black and we see the rest of the end credits. See more »

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Should I Stay or Should I Go
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I wanted to like this film, but
16 December 2004 | by (Modesto, CA) – See all my reviews

Peter Sellers is without question one the greatest comical geniuses of not just the 20th Century, but of all time. Rush's portrayal of Sellers is brilliant, a man whose true self was as transparent of one his many character creations. For those seaking an "A&E Biography Channel" type film will be sorely disappointed as was I. I wasn't prepared for this alternative packaging of the material. I've seen it twice an am afraid it will be a third viewing before I am truly able to grasp it's full meaning. In as well crafted a movie can be, the camera work, set decoration, period computer enhancements to better reflect the era, all work together in producing a beautiful piece of cinematic eye candy. So much so that is takes away from the story to be told. If trying to show this tragic human bankruptcy, mortgaged in a quest for fame and fortune, then the producers did a fine job.

One doesn't know whether to love or hate Sellers. It's not hard to understand why those close to the man disapprove of this film's tone. In a mad-cap dash that gallops all over the globe, in and out of the arms of the world's most beautiful women, we see a man consumed with lust and how the condition can drive men obscenely crazy. For a unique look at the life of Peter Sellers, one can't go wrong by watching this movie.


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