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Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

Journalist Marie Jouvet (Joanna Lumley) attempts to uncover the mysterious disappearance of Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers).


Blake Edwards


Blake Edwards (story), Frank Waldman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (archive footage)
David Niven ... Sir Charles Litton
Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Richard Mulligan ... Clouseau's Father
Joanna Lumley ... Marie Jouvet
Capucine ... Lady Simone Litton
Robert Loggia ... Bruno Langois
Harvey Korman ... Prof. Auguste Balls (archive footage)
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Graham Stark ... Hercule Lajoy
Peter Arne ... Col. Bufoni
André Maranne ... Sergeant Francois Duval
Ronald Fraser ... Dr. Longet
Leonard Rossiter ... Superintendant Quinlan (archive footage)
Marne Maitland ... Deputy Commissioner Lasorde


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There is only one Inspector Clouseau. His adventure continues... See more »


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Did You Know?


(At around one hour and twenty-six minutes) Clouseau, Sr. (Richard Mulligan) tells reporter Marie Jouvet (Joanna Lumley), "My son, Jacques Clouseau, was born September 8th, 1920." This is the same birthday that Peter Sellers had, except he was born five years ahead of Clouseau's. See more »


When the Godfather tells the girl to take a swim, she jumps in with sunglasses on and comes back up without them. Later in the scene, she asks him if she can get out and she has the sunglasses on again. See more »


[In disguise]
Insp. Jacques Clouseau: I am André Botot, mustard salesman from Dijon.
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Follows Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) See more »


I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Herbert Lom
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Bad, but in a good way. Sort of.
5 March 2003 | by britishdominionSee all my reviews

In compared to movies that have a beginning, middle and an end, "Trail of the Pink Panther" barely qualifies as a real movie. On a bad day it's a crass, sluggish, desperate and entirely unnecessary entry in what was a pretty well-worn series featuring the irreplaceable Peter Sellers.

Co-writer/Director Blake Edwards, whose 80's pendulum film-making talent swings from the very great ("Victor/Victoria", "S.O.B.", "That's Life") to the deplorably awful ("Blind Date", "A Fine Mess", "Skin Deep", "Sunset" among other casualties) goes back to the well to fashion the barest of linking "plot" segments to bring to life trims and deleted scenes from the previous entries in the long-running series.

These links are rather sloppily matched/handled and pretty obviously shot: a lumpy double for Peter Sellers in long walking shots, David Niven's awful looped vocal by Rich Little (!) of all people, the trials of matching the costumes of films more than six years previous (watch those lapels, guys!).

That said, what other movie has your very last chance to see Peter Sellers as Chief Inspector Clouseau at work? It is, in a weird way, a cheapjack "tribute" to the genius of Sellers and a ghostly valentine to the entire series - the very same set-ups, the former castmembers - and is best seen as such.

Feel free to turn the film off after the first 45 minutes, and then resist the urge to watch either "Curse of the Pink Panther" (1983) or "Son of the Pink Panther" (1993). But, if you're a die-hard "Panther" fan, that warning probably comes too late.

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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Valencia, Spain See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,341,695, 19 December 1982

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2.35 : 1
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