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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

Fu Manchu's (Peter Sellers') 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 ... See full summary »


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


Rudy Dochtermann (screenplay), Jim Moloney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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


Fu Manchu's (Peter Sellers') 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, D.C. The F.B.I. sends Agents Joe Capone (Sid Caesar) and Pete Williams (Steve Franken) to England to confer with Sir Dennis Nayland Smith (Peter Sellers), an expert on Fu. Nayland suspects Fu will kidnap King George V (Rene Aranda) and Queen Mary (Grace Coyle) and demand the George V diamond as ransom. Scotland Yard recruits Alice Rage (Dame Helen Mirren) 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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He's evil. He's diabolical. He's invincible. He's engaged. (He's also available for parties). See more »


Comedy | Crime | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


According to "Movie News Magazine" (Australia; Vol 16, No 4), "Midway through shooting, Sellers collapsed with a mild heart attack and had to spend several weeks recuperating. When he returned to the set, he apparently disliked what had been shot in his absence, and filmed some additional scenes which he directed himself." See more »


Fu Manchu states he is reminded of the musical "San Francisco" and its stars. Thai film was not released until 1936. However, "Fu Manchu" might be set in 1933, such anachronism can be written off. See more »


Charles Rotten: Myes. The dyes used in it are extracted from the knees of the bessarabian aardvark...
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Rock a Fu
Written by Marc Wilkinson, Piers Haggard and Leland Nolan
Sung by Dr. Fu Manchu and his band
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A fitting final funny feature for fervid Peter Sellers
27 March 2007 | by ozthegreatat42330See all my reviews

OK! Maybe it is not the best film making but it is fun, and is the last hurrah for one of the great comic actors of all time. A gentle spoof of all of those Fu Manchu films over the years,(and frankly better than many of them) It contained many of the hallmarks of Sellers films such as playing multiple roles (Fu Manchu and nemesis Nayland Smith) Using comic actors of similar stripe (Sid Caesar) re-uniting with Bert Kwouk (his man-servant in many of the Pink Panther movies.) This was also the farewell film of actor David Tomlinson and John Le Messeur both of whom retired from films after this. The movie is a fun romp with a mix of the absurd slapstick and the witty dialog of the characters. One of my favorite lines happens after a line of dacoit assassins appear in front of Fu Manchu and he says "you can't fool me with a cheap cinematic trick." This was very fitting farewell to a great comic genius.

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Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,399,109, 10 August 1980

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