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
Steve Martin had such respect for Peter Sellers that when he was asked to take over the role of Clouseau, he put off the decision to accept it until after he had already worked out the character's accent and run several ideas for scenes past director Shawn Levy. See more »
When Clouseau is working late and the secretary walks in and asks him if she should stay, the camera moves behind him, and you can see he is wearing a jacket. When the camera turns around, he is wearing only a white shirt. See more »
Chief Inspector Dreyfus:
Ah, Clouseau. Yes, well, the first time I ever heard that name, uh, Clouseau was just a little, um... nobody, a police officer in some little village far outside of Paris.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus:
He was the village idiot as far as I could tell.
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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 »
The Pink Panther Theme (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
Written and Performed by Henry Mancini
Mixed by Paul Oakenfold
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
Under license from Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. See more »
I have a confession: I haven't seen this movie. Yet. I will, and I may very well enjoy it. I like Steve Martin a lot, and have seen most of his movies.
I have, however, seen the previews, and from the first shot, when I saw that patented Steve Martin smirk, I knew they had missed the mark. The rest of the scenes confirmed it. This may be Clousseau, but it's an entirely different Clousseau.
The thing that defined Peter Sellers' Clousseau, and made him so funny, was his tremendous dignity. This was Sellers' brilliance. No matter what happened, Clousseau was un-flustered. Sellers' Clousseau was not a buffoon, as Martin has portrayed him. Things just happened around him, and it never occurred to him that it had anything to do with him. Clousseau was the straight man, and everyone else was the fall guy. To Clousseau, the entire world was slapstick, and he was the only serious person.
Martin has reversed that, and turned Clousseau into just another conventional slapstick character. If you go into this movie expecting traditional Clousseau, you'll be disappointed. But if you like traditional Steve Martin, you just may enjoy it.
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