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.
Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), who has finally cracked over Inspector Jacques Clouseau's (Peter Sellers') antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all.
The bumbling Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther".
The Pink Panther diamond is stolen once again from Lugash and the authorities call in Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) from France. His plane disappears en-route. This time, famous French television reporter Marie Jouvet (Joanna Lumley) sets out to solve the mystery and starts to interview everybody connected to Clouseau. Each interviewee: Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), Sir Charles Litton (David Niven) and Lady Simone Litton (Capucine) (an ex-wife of Clouseau), George Lytton (Robert Wagner), Hercule Lajoy (Graham Stark), and Cato Fong (Burt Kwouk) tell of their run-ins with Clouseau. She is also kidnapped by mobster Bruno Langlois (Robert Loggia), who doesn't want Clouseau found, but she continues and finds Clouseau, Sr. (Richard Mulligan), Clouseau's father. Is Clouseau alive or is he dead? Each interview has not-yet-seen or famous clips from the previous movies (since Peter Sellers died) as Marie continues to get a honest view or impression of the great French ...Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Production started two years after Peter Sellers died. Therefore, he features in archive footage only, with deleted scenes coming from The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and old footage coming from all of the previous Pink Panther movies. See more »
When the animated Pink Panther gives the Inspector two balls he was previously juggling in the opening title sequence, they're yellow and pink. Nonetheless, when a big yellow ball is dropped onto the animated Clouseau the balls that roll out of the shot are pink and that once yellow ball is now baby blue. See more »
[answering machine message]
Inspector Clouseau's residence. Cato speaking. I've gone to Miami Beach to spend Chinese New Year with my maternal grandmother. Leave a message after the bleep.
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All UK cinema and video versions were cut by 21 secs by the BBFC to remove the nunchaku footage previously edited from The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The cuts were fully restored in 2003. See more »
"Trail of the Pink Panther" is not as bad as people used to say. It actually has quite a few laughs. It's a nice tribute to the comedy of both Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards. The movie isn't very long but it does run out of steam after a while. "Trail of the Pink Panther" is a pretty easy watch but I wouldn't recommend anyone watching it until they've seen a few of the earlier Pink Panther movies. If someone sat down and watched this movie cold, they might not get it.
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