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Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him.

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Blake Edwards

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Dyan Cannon ... Simone Legree
Robert Webber ... Philippe Douvier
Tony Beckley ... Guy Algo
Robert Loggia ... Al Marchione
Paul Stewart ... Julio Scallini
André Maranne André Maranne ... Sgt. François Chevalier (as Andre Maranne)
Graham Stark ... Dr. Auguste Balls
Alfie Bass ... Fernet
Sue Lloyd ... Claude Russo
Danny Schiller Danny Schiller ... Cunny
Douglas Wilmer ... Police Commissioner
Ferdy Mayne ... Dr. Paul Laprone
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Storyline

To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Once Clouseau's death has been announced, the former Chief Inspector, Charles Dreyfus, feels much, much better and is released from the mental hospital. Jacques Clouseau tries to take advantage of his "death" and goes under cover with Cato to find out who tried to assassinate him. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Inspector Clouseau is back...and he's a bigger fool than anyone gives him the credits for. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

19 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Pink Panther See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$49,579,269, 31 December 1978
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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When Clouseau and Cato are trying to get into "Le Club Foot" they go crashing through the window of a bakery. A little later on, they go through the same hole again, yet this time there is a large undamaged wedding cake sitting there for Cato to land in; the cake couldn't have survived the first accident. See more »

Quotes

Clouseau: Who were those two men have tried to kill you last night?
Simone Legree: Killers.
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Crazy Credits

As the film ends an animated Clouseau shows up with a blunderbuss intent on shooting the pink-panther. See more »

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Thank Heaven for Little Girls
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Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
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The Formula Has Run Out of Gas
20 September 2003 | by rwintSee all my reviews

4 out of 10

That sound you hear is the engine conking out on a car that has been driven too long and too far. The formula here has become dried up. Nothing new is injected and absolutely nothing is clever. The first half deals with the most basic of pratfalls. The second half comes to an almost screeching halt while the final third wraps up in Hong Kong in a desperate attempt to liven things up. Nothing works and if star Sellers hadn't died so soon afterwards this film series most certainly would have anyways.

One of the biggest problems here is that it's predecessor THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN was so good that this by comparison seems like a major letdown. Lom, as the villain in the predecessor, was both lively and campy. Webber, as the villain here, seems very wimpy and boring. Even a silly comedy needs a villain that is somewhat threatening. There is also some glaring loopholes. One involves the presence of Lom himself. He supposedly got evaporated in the previous entry and yet here is looking perfectly healthy and no explanation. He is also diagnosed as being 'cured' and able to return to his former job with no loss in status despite having tried to destroy half the planet.

The addition of Cannon is the only plus. She is older than most of the past female leads and yet is still gorgeous and distinctive. She has a lot of energy and personality and doesn't seem used just to help the scenery.

The formula of having a blundering idiot that is considered brilliant by everyone who doesn't know him is still a good one despite the weak script. The genius of Sellers manages to still get a few laughs. His characterizations and timing are impeccable. The Closeau character is a joy to watch all in itself. The part where he dresses up like a Marlon Brando type Godfather is hilarious and should have been played out more.


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