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The Pink Panther (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 20 March 1964 (USA)
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The bumbling Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther".

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Blake Edwards

Writers:

Maurice Richlin (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Sir Charles Lytton
Peter Sellers ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Robert Wagner ... George Lytton
Capucine ... Simone Clouseau
Brenda de Banzie ... Angela Dunning
Colin Gordon ... Tucker
John Le Mesurier ... Defence Barrister (as John LeMesurier)
James Lanphier James Lanphier ... Saloud
Guy Thomajan ... Artoff
Michael Trubshawe ... Felix Townes
Riccardo Billi Riccardo Billi ... Aristotle Sarajos
Meri Welles ... Monica Fawn (as Meri Wells)
Martin Miller ... Pierre Luigi - Photographer
Fran Jeffries ... Greek 'cousin'
Claudia Cardinale ... The Princess
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Storyline

The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for Switzerland, where the famous Lugashi jewel 'The Pink Panther' is going to be. However, he does not know who The Phantom really is, or for that matter who anyone else really is... Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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A Madcap Frolic Of Crime and Fun See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pantera rosa See more »

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Gross USA:

$10,878,107
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Clouseau's violin playing is an homage to the most famous violin-playing detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Peter Sellers was subsequently offered the role of Dr. Watson in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). See more »

Goofs

Disappearing cigarette when the Princess collapses drunk on the rug. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gem dealer 1: As in every stone of this size, there is a flaw.
Sultan: A flaw?
Gem dealer 2: The slightest flaw, your excellency.
Gem dealer 1: If you look deep into the stone, you will perceive the tiniest discoloration. It resembles an animal.
Sultan: An animal?
Gem dealer 1: A little panther.
Sultan: Yes! A pink panther. Come here, Dala. A gift to your father from his grateful people. Some day it will be yours. The most fabulous diamond in all the world. Come closer.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film the cartoon pink panther makes a brief appearance in a live-action scene holding up a sign reading THEND, which he then corrects to THE END. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Fat Man and Little Boy (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pink Panther Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Tenor Sax solo by Plas Johnson
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Good fun
8 July 2004 | by alfiefamilySee all my reviews

I have seen all of the movies in this series, including the horror show that starred Roberto Benigni (the worst of the series). Having seen this movie years ago, I remembered it as being very funny.

After having seen it again a couple of nights ago, I'm happy to report that it is still just as funny as it was years ago. Yes it does seem a little dated and much more tame in spots, but there is nothing to compare to the gag where Sellers steps on his violin. Yes, much of the humor is old fashioned, and slapstick, but is there a funnier chase scene in any other movie? Does the bedroom scene with Sellers, Niven, Wagner and Capucine have any rival other than the stateroom scene in "A Night at the Opera"? Or how about the two gorillas opening the safe? This is truly funny stuff.

My only disappointment was realizing that Sellers is not in that much of the movie. Which is a shame if your not a fan of David Niven.

But this is a minor point. If you haven't seen it in a while, go out and rent or buy "The Pink Panther".

7 out of 10


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