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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 8 August 1980 (USA)
Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Piers Haggard, Richard Quine (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Rudy Dochtermann (screenplay), Jim Moloney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Fu Manchu / Nayland Smith
Helen Mirren ... Alice Rage
David Tomlinson ... Sir Roger Avery
Sid Caesar ... Joe Capone
Simon Williams ... Robert Townsend
Steve Franken ... Pete Williams
Stratford Johns ... Ismail
John Le Mesurier ... Perkins
John Sharp ... Sir Nules Thudd
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Dr. Wretch
Kwan-Young Lee Kwan-Young Lee ... Tong
John Tan John Tan ... Dacoit
Philip Tan ... Dacoit
Serge Julien Serge Julien ... Dacoit
Johns Rajohnson Johns Rajohnson ... Dacoit
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Storyline

Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, starting with the Star of Leningrad diamond, nabbed from a Soviet exhibition in Washington. The FBI sends agents Capone and Williams to England to confer with Nayland Smith, an expert on Fu. Nayland suspects Fu will kidnap the king and queen and demand the George V diamond as ransom. Scotland Yard recruits Alice Rage to stand-in for the queen. Fu nabs the "fake" queen; Rage becomes enamored of Fu and aids him in his quest for the George V diamond. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Taglines:

He's evil. He's diabolical. He's invincible. He's engaged. (He's also available for parties). See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das boshafte Spiel des Dr. Fu Man Chu See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,399,109, 10 August 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,697,276
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Peter Sellers. The movie was actually the last film Sellers appeared in whilst he was alive as Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) was released a couple of years later, this movie starred Sellers post-humously, it being comprised of outtakes and unused footage from the "Pink Panther" series. If Sellers had lived, Sellers' likely next film would have been "Romance of the Pink Panther", as this film had been in development whilst this movie was being made. See more »

Quotes

Fu Manchu: Nayland Smith again. That is very good news...
Servant: Why is it good news, master?
Fu Manchu: Because I'm in no condition to receive bad news. I shall fine you each 1000 yen.
Servant: But you don't pay us, master.
Fu Manchu: Then I shall start paying you in order to fine you.
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Connections

Follows The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Thomas Arne)
Arranged by Marc Wilkinson
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Surrealism not for the weak-at-heart/mind
18 July 2001 | by MarsmagusSee all my reviews

Admittedly this movie is unusual, for a start, and may not Sellers' great exit as many had hoped, but there are still incontrovertible facts that remain:

It is one of the few movies I've seen to ever ATTEMPT a throwaway trompe l'oiel, and it achieves it so smoothly and incidentally that I had to rewind it just to make sure I wasn't seeing things. (Clue: Lawnmower, Door, Bust)

The incongruity of dialogue with context was delicious! I mean how can you say a movie where "Queen Elizabeth" languorously - almost ludicrously - prepares to play her sax for Fu Manchu is a loss?

Three Words: My Chinese Buffet.

Three More Words: Japanese Elvis Show.

And the beauty is that I've told you all of this, and I've spoiled absolutely none. Try not to bash it for what it is not, because there is a GREAT deal to what it is.


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