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The Pink Panther (2006)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  10 February 2006 (USA)
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Bumbling Inspector Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Larocque
Philip Goodwin ...
Deputy Chief Renard
Henri Garcin ...
William Abadie ...
Music Producer
Justice Minister Clochard
Agent Corbeille
Agent Savard


When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for occasional crude and suggestive humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Birth of the Pink Panther  »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,220,412 (USA) (10 February 2006)


£5,752,427 (UK) (14 April 2006)

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Did You Know?


Reportedly, football player David Beckham was offered a supporting role in this movie but opted out due to his obligations to his club, Real Madrid. See more »


The French national police are under the control of the ministry of interior, not the ministry of justice. See more »


Inspector Jacques Clouseau: I would like to take a closer look at your bawls.
Larocque: My what?
Inspector Jacques Clouseau: Your bawls. Your big, brass bawls.
Larocque: Uh, sure.
[starts to unzip pants]
Inspector Jacques Clouseau: [Picks up brass bowl on table and examines it]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature the Pink Panther being pursued by, and in turn harassing, an animated Inspector Clouseau (who now resembles Steve Martin). The credits are directed by Bob Kurtz, who had worked on some of the "Pink Panther" shorts. See more »


Spun-off from The Pink Panther Show (1969) See more »


String Quartet E Flat Major Op. 64 No. 6 Hob. III 64, Menuetto: Allegretto
Composed by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Josef Haydn)
Performed by Kodaly Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Why isn't Steve Martin funny anymore?
4 March 2006 | by (Dublin) – See all my reviews

I really don't understand Steve Martin!! First he tries dismally to revive the late great Phil Silvers character "Sergeant Bilko" and now he also has tried to revive equally dismally the late great Peter Sellers character "inspector Jacques Clouseau".

Now don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Steve Martin but as I was checking out his movie history it dawned on me that he hasn't been funny in almost twenty years! If he had retired after "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" he would have had almost the perfect movie career. And would now be remembered as a legend of comedy just like Sellers and Silvers.

But as with most actors, he doesn't know when to quit and he has now starred in two decades of Turkeys. Bowfinger is perhaps the only exception.

Now back to the Pink Panther. It is a truly an awful film. His performance is lame to say the least. Peter Sellers Clouseau was a masterpiece; Martin is comparison a pale imitation. The problem is Martin has run out of original ideas. Like an aging pop star that has ran out of original material, he has reduced himself to singing covers.

But in the Circus that is Hollywood one should always seek the high wire and never be the clown. So therefore perhaps its time Martin called it a day.

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