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The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

Inspector Clouseau is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Frank Waldman (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Christopher Plummer ... Sir Charles Litton
Catherine Schell ... Lady Claudine Litton
Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Peter Arne ... Colonel Sharki
Peter Jeffrey ... General Wadafi
Grégoire Aslan ... Chief of Lugash Police (as Gregoire Aslan)
David Lodge ... Mac
Graham Stark ... Pepi
Eric Pohlmann ... Fat Man
André Maranne André Maranne ... Sgt. François Chevalier
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Victor Spinetti ... Hotel Concierge
John Bluthal ... Blind Beggar
Mike Grady ... Bell Boy
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Storyline

That famous jewel, The Pink Panther, has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources - himself and his oriental manservant - to reveal the true identity of 'The Phantom'. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

You may rest assured that there's trouble, because Inspector Clouseau is on the case. (That's the trouble.) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso de la pantera rosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,833,347
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Unlike the other films in the original Pink Panther franchise, United Artists was not directly involved in the making of this film. Because the careers of Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers were declining, UA had no desire to finance another Panther film. Edwards took his script of The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) to British producer Lew Grade, who subsequently bought the rights. Grade financed the film himself, while giving UA worldwide distribution rights, ownership in the copyright, and a stake in the profits (as they owned the characters) in order to make the film. Distribution rights in later years reverted back to Grade's company, ITC; this is the reason why, until recently, the film had not been featured in compilation DVD box sets along with the other Panther films. UA (via MGM) has since reacquired domestic rights to this film and it has now been issued in a Blu-ray box set of all of Sellers' "Pink Panther" films, while international rights are now with Universal Pictures. See more »

Goofs

When Clouseau looks for Cato in the apartment, just before Cato attacks him, you can see a hanging coat moving. One of the crew must have touched the coat while following Clouseau. See more »

Quotes

Pepi: You're breaking my fingers!
Sir Charles Lytton: Well, why don't you call a policeman?
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

The first DVD release, put out by Artisan Entertainment, did not feature the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio version of the film. Instead, the pan-and-scan version of the film was cropped, and the DVD was presented in a matted aspect ratio of 1.85:1--approximately 25% of the screen was lost in this process. See more »

Connections

Follows The Pink Panther (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ride of the Valkyries
(from The Valkyries) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Great, stupid, fun for everyone!
13 September 2004 | by otisfirefly2001See all my reviews

I very much enjoy this installment of the series. Not very fond of any of the others. The Return of the Pink Panther just has it all in my opinion. You get a crime story, funny/stupid humor, Clouseau who still has no idea of what's going on(this just makes the movie what it is).

The fight between Clouseau and Kato in the apartment is hilarious. One has to wonder how long Kato was waiting in the refrigerator. The fight is just very slapstick and clumsy that it makes me and my girlfriend laugh every time we see it.

Another great point of the film is the numerous cars that Clouseau goes through. Loosing a few into a pool.

The mental breakdown of Herbert Lom's character is also one of the film's fine points.

This is -- my opinion -- the funniest of the series. I have always enjoyed it, and most likely will always enjoy it.


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