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The Party (1968)

PG | | Comedy | 4 April 1968 (USA)
A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), Tom Waldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Hrundi V. Bakshi
Claudine Longet ... Michele Monet
Natalia Borisova Natalia Borisova ... Ballerina
Jean Carson ... Nanny
Marge Champion ... Rosalind Dunphy
Al Checco Al Checco ... Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole Corinne Cole ... Janice Kane
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Wells
Frances Davis Frances Davis ... Maid
Danielle De Metz ... Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Director (as Herb Ellis)
Paul Ferrara Paul Ferrara ... Ronnie Smith
Steve Franken ... Levinson
Kathe Green ... Molly Clutterbuck
Allen Jung ... Cook
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Storyline

By a twist of fate, the clumsy, but well-meaning aspiring actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to Fred Clutterbuck's big party, after utterly ruining the set of his latest feature film. However, unbeknownst to the host, Bakshi is present at the gathering, merrily mingling with the hand-picked guests in this magnificent hi-tech villa, where the drinks are flowing, and everybody is in high spirits. But, much to everyone's surprise, when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol, only God knows how this well-thought party will end. What delightful disasters await? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

If you've ever been to a wilder party... you're under arrest. See more »

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Russian | French | Chinese

Release Date:

4 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fiesta inolvidable See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence in which Peter Sellers' character is repeatedly shot but continues playing his bugle call to rouse his troops is a merciless satire of Rudyard Kipling's Gunga Din, which had been made into a classic film in 1939. See more »

Goofs

The sax player is playing a tenor for the whole film until the end during the bubble scene when he mysteriously is playing a beaten up old C melody. Clearly he didn't want to get his horn ruined, but they should have used something else as it's a completely different instrument, different keywork and different color and different size. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Director: All right, cut it! Cut it!
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Connections

References The Lady Eve (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing to Lose
(1968)
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Claudine Longet (uncredited)
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Sellers and Edwards masterpiece
31 October 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

The movie is still fresh after all these years. It's an homage to the slapstick comedy, an homage to the Laurel & Hardy films, and to Chaplin movies as well.

"The party" is the finest achievement of Sellers & Edwards, the film is far superior to the "Pink Panther" series. Why? The story is absolutely simple: by mistake an Indian actor goes to a party in a Hollywood villa. End of the story.

Mr. Hrundi V. Bakshi (the name of the main character) is the kindest and most awkward person you can meet... The film is just made by a group of gags -many are improvised-.

We can see that Peter Sellers, a terrific actor, is also a mime -he can do whatever with the expressions of his face and his body-. For doing such film you have to have a very intelligent and patient director, who knows all the comedy's tricks and let actors play with a total freedom... Blake Edwards is an eclectic director who allows that. Working with Peter Sellers (as Edwards says) was not easy -he had a very difficult personality, either he was the funniest man in the world or he was the most unbearable person. But he was a genius, he let many many gems.

"The Party" is one of them. Brilliant and moving.


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