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Inspector Clouseau (1968)

A string of robberies has occurred in Britain and it's up to Inspector Clouseau to catch the criminal.

Director:

Bud Yorkin

Writers:

Blake Edwards (based on a character created by), Maurice Richlin (based on a character created by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Frank Finlay ... Supt. Weaver
Delia Boccardo ... Lisa Morrel
Barry Foster ... Addison Steele
Patrick Cargill ... Commissioner Sir Charles Braithwaite
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Weaver
Clive Francis ... Clyde Hargreaves
Richard Pearson ... Shockley
Michael Ripper ... Steven Frey
Susan Engel ... Carmichael
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... Hoeffler
Tutte Lemkow ... Frenchie LeBec
Katya Wyeth Katya Wyeth ... Meg (as Kathja Wyeth)
Tracey Crisp Tracey Crisp ... Julie
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Gutch
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Storyline

Detective Inspector is borrowed from the Surete on special assignment for Scotland Yard in hopes that a fresh outlook will help the government recover the loot from the Great Train Robbery, which is being used to underwrite a new crime wave. What they don't count on, however, is having more than one Closeeau on the job. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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CALL THE POLICE! Inspector Clouseau is back!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspektor Clouseau See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The three portraits on Braithwaite's desk (that he and Clouseau keep moving around) are of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and King George VI. See more »

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Quotes

Meg: Do you know something about machinery?
Inspector Jacques Clouseau: I don't know something about machinery, I know everything about machinery.
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Connections

Followed by The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) See more »

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Did someone say this was an unfairly neglected gem?
17 December 2007 | by fedor8See all my reviews

Alan Arkin playing Clouseau would have to rank as one of the most awful casting choices ever made. (Will Smith as Mohammed Ali? Close. Di Crapio as a tough guy in 19th-century New York? Very close.) Arkin has never played clowns, nor is he one. He is far too cynical-looking for this type of role. Watching him say his lines was an exercise in embarrassment and major cringing. I suppose that die-hard PP fans who have nothing better to do can have endless discussions as to who was worse: Martin or Arkin. Maybe it'll take another 40 years for someone to attempt to make a PP movie without Sellers. What with the direction Hollywood is heading towards in recent years, it'll be someone like David Arquette's son who'll be cast to play the goofy Frenchman...

One person here wrote that one should forget about Peter Sellers and watch this movie on its own merits. Maybe he/she can do that, probably with some help from hallucinogenic drugs, but personally I'd find that a task both impossible and stupid. The fact is that Sellers DID do Panther earlier and was about 1000 times better.

Arkin is terminally unfunny with the sight gags, but it's the dialogue that really exposes his miscasting: there isn't a single line he says that is even remotely funny.

In all fairness, though, the script is garbage. The story has no flow, just a bunch of barely connected scenes strung together, the gags being rare and rather pathetic. The only thing the movie has going for it are the high production values, which make it watchable, if nothing else.


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