Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment at the hands of Peter Sellers. Following the story somewhat, friends of the new King Rudolph of Ruritania fear for his life, and switch him with a look-a-like London cabby. Throw in two(!) lovely blondes, treachery, and a battle for life and honour, and enjoy life at its zaniest.Written by
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As has been noted with other films during his career, Peter Sellers was said to be the cause behind most of the tension which occurred during production of "The Prisoner of Zenda." During the scene involving a steam engine and carriages, the comedian refused to stay on the set due to the steam engine being in the color of green. To appease Sellers, the film crew repainted the entire engine in the color of blue and then painted it back to its original color after filming was finished. See more »
As Peter Sellers and his entourage approach the city in this Ruritarian romantic adventure, a tank truck and two Volkswagens can be seen on the horizon. See more »
Michael, why do you hate me so?
Because you are conceited, arrogant, spineless, selfish, shallow, pity, pompous and pitiful!
But apart from that?
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Prisoner of Zenda should have much to be proud of: nice music by Henry Mancini, good dual performance by Peter Sellers and gorgeous-looking cinematography and impressive sets and locations.
Unfortunately, all this adds to nothing. The film is as if it were written seriously with the screenwriters assuming that it could be turned into a comedy simply by having Gregory Sierra overact and bulge his eyeballs every now and then and the rest of the cast move about in a humorous way. But it doesn't work that way, even Sellers cannot inject enough comedy into this film(in fact, much unlike Sierra, he is slightly underplaying his roles, which is good).
In the end, one gets the impression that the team had a large amount of money and a good cast, but didn't know what to do with them.
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