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The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Approved | | Comedy | November 1959 (USA)
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An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Roger MacDougall (screenplay) (as Roger Macdougall), Stanley Mann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert of Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe
Jean Seberg ... Helen Kokintz
William Hartnell ... Will Buckley
David Kossoff ... Doctor Alfred Kokintz
Leo McKern ... Benter
MacDonald Parke MacDonald Parke ... General Snippet (as Macdonald Parke)
Austin Willis ... United States Secretary of Defense
Timothy Bateson ... Roger
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Cobbley (as Monty Landis)
Alan Gifford ... Air Raid Warden
Colin Gordon ... BBC Announcer
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Pedro
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Storyline

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the smallest country in the world, is nestled in the French Alps. Being as isolated as it is, its life is a throwback to olden days. It is a happy, peace-loving country. Its economy solely rests on export of its only wine, Pinot Grand Fenwick, to the US. When a California vintner starts producing and selling a knock-off of the Pinot Grand Fenwick at a lower price, the Grand Fenwick economy goes into a crisis situation, the country on the brink of bankruptcy. Three protests to the US go largely unanswered. Grand Fenwick's Prime Minister, Rupert of Mountjoy, believes the solution is to declare war on the US, and promptly lose the war in less than a day with no casualties on either side, after which the US, which it has historically done, will provide vast financial aide to rebuild the country. Grand Fenwick's monarch, the Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, ultimately supports this concept. The plan is to send an official declaration of war to the US, have a small ... Written by Huggo

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The Smallest Country in the World Invades the U.S.A.! See more »

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Comedy

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Trivia

The tiny ship that transports the Grand Duchy's soldiers is the Paladin. See more »

Goofs

The stormy crossing of the Paladin transporting Grand Fenwick's invasion force to the US was achieved by simply tilting the camera, as exposed by the way the sky moves at exactly the same angle as the deck. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister Count Rupert of Mountjoy: My dear fellow, with then new stabilizers and all that sort of rigamarole, the modern ocean liner is as steady as a row boat.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include an animation of a big mouse coming out of a castle on its drawbridge. However, it is drawn as if it walks off the side of the drawbridge. See more »

Connections

Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: The Ashtray (2013) See more »

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Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played in the score
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Hansel and Gretel Meet Dr. Strangelove
5 July 2005 | by robinpoeSee all my reviews

This comedy is riotous, ridiculous cold-war satire. Peter Sellers really shines in this comedy gem by playing multiple characters - The Prime Minister Count Montjoy, The Constable of the militia Tully Bascomb, and Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Gloriana! The plot pokes fun at the wrangling of international politics and nuclear arms proliferation in a money-making scheme by the world's smallest country that goes horribly and laughably wrong. This satire leaves nobody unscathed - the Russians, Americans, British, Cinese and French all get jabbed. The action is fast-paced without getting too slapstick. It's not exactly brain-food, but it will leave you snickering.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Highroad Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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