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The Party (1968)

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

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Blake Edwards

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Blake Edwards (screenplay), Tom Waldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole Corinne Cole ... Janice Kane
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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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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If you've ever been to a wilder party... you're under arrest. See more »

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Comedy

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In the scene set in the boys bedroom a stuffed Pink Panther can be seen sitting on the chest of drawers. [Blake Edwards] and [Peter Sellers] had collaborated on two "Pink Panther" movies at this stage and went on to make four more together. See more »

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When Bakshi lifts the lid on the toilet cistern, it is full of water. If it was continuously flushing, it should be empty. See more »

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[first lines]
Director: All right, cut it! Cut it!
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Referenced in The Making of 'The Producers' (2002) See more »

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The Party
(1968)
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by the Party Latecomers (as The Party Poops)
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An endearing comedy from the 1960s
16 January 2002 | by Bobs-9See all my reviews

`The Party' is one of the few comedies that I can watch repeatedly and still enjoy, to a great extent due to the charm of the character Peter Sellers creates. Hrundi V. Bakshi urgently needs to be appropriate and polite (he absolutely CANNOT be impolite), but his natural curiosity and unfamiliarity with his surroundings wreak havoc. He's really quite an admirable fellow, though. He's unfailingly considerate and reasonable, but brave and resourceful when coming to the aid of another, as in the case of producer C.S. Divot's (Gavin MacLeod) exploitation of Michelle Monet (Claudine Longet). I find it hard to accept the notion that the characterization is racist, as some contend, unless you consider the very act of a white person playing an Indian in dark makeup racist. It can't be denied that many westerners find the accent amusing (see Baboo in `Seinfeld,' or Apu in `The Simpsons'). Still, Sellers' characterization of Bakshi is no stereotype, and I don't feel that his portrayal brings discredit to anyone.

That aside, this is one damned funny film! As `anonymous' from Chicago has pointed out below, there are interesting aspects there for your consideration, if you choose to look for them. More than just a series of pratfalls and sight gags, `The Party' is a multi-faceted creation, as is its central character. If you haven't seen it, pour yourself a heaping bowl of birdie num-nums and give it a look. It's on DVD now, collectors.

I need only add that I am not your sugar.


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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,631
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