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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

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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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Ted Levy
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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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actor | clouseau | death | peter sellers | fame | See more »

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Life is being someone else. (UK) See more »


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1 October 2004 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£125,748 (UK) (1 October 2004)

Gross:

£259,663 (UK) (8 October 2004)
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Trivia

Steve Coogan was at one point considered to play Peter Sellers. See more »

Goofs

Other motor vehicle anachronisms; Sellers and his family arrive at their new house in a Jaguar S-Type, this model was released in 1963, this scene is set several years previously in 1960; Sellers' red Bentley is towed away by a 1963 Shelvoke & Drewry TZ truck, this scene is set during the making of The Millionairess in 1960; when Sellers has sex with Sophia Loren's stand-in in a Rolls-Royce, the camera moves across some parked cars including a Wolseley 6/110, which was released in 1961, this scene is set in 1960; during the filming of Casino Royale (1966) the director chases after Sellers in a Mercedes W115, which was released in 1968; when Sellers rushes Britt to the hospital to give birth to their daughter Victoria (who was born in 1965) he pulls out in front of a 1966 Ford Zephyr MkIV; and finally in the scene where Sellers is talking to Anne about wanting to make Being There, a Series III Jaguar XJ is visible in the background, this wasn't released until late 1979, this scene is set prior to filming of Being There which began in January 1979. See more »

Quotes

Peter Sellers: [as his own mother going into the coffin] There are no rungs for the weak on the ladder of success... and my Peter is a strong climber. Real stars don't have time for tears.
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Crazy Credits

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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References The Ladykillers (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Not Unusual
Written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
Performed by Tom Jones
Played as background to Britt Eklans.
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My brief review of the film
30 May 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Geoffrey Rush does a great Peter Sellers impersonation, and Emily Watson shines as his wife, but otherwise the film is a little hard to recommend. The events all seem a bit fragmented, the frantic editing and camera-work subtract, and nothing much is gained by the over-exposure either. But the narration of the film is where I feel it really sinks, with awkward bits of talking to the audience and surreal sequences that appear like they have just been thrown in to make it more attractive to the eye. Also, viewers should be cautioned that the only thing that Stanley Tucci has in common with his character, Stanley Kubrick, is the same first name. Still, the film has some interesting elements, such as the insight into film-making and the performances, as well as some genuinely funny parts… it is reasonably well made, but not brilliant.


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