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Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)

Ensuing after the events of Clouseau's disappearance, his bosses at the Surete put a computer into service to elect a new shrewd detective, Sleigh, who turns up just as inept as Clouseau.


Blake Edwards




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Sir Charles Litton
Robert Wagner ... George Lytton
Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles LaRousse Dreyfus
Joanna Lumley ... Countess Chandra
Capucine ... Lady Simone Litton
Robert Loggia ... Bruno Langois
Harvey Korman ... Prof. Auguste Balls
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Ted Wass ... Sergeant Clifton Sleigh
Roger Moore ... Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (as Turk Thrust II)
Leslie Ash ... Juleta Shane (AKA Julie Morgan)
Graham Stark ... Bored Waiter
André Maranne ... Sergeant Francois Duval
Peter Arne ... General Bufoni
Patti Davis ... Michelle Chauvin (as Patricia Davis)


Inspector Clouseau disappears, and the Surete wants the world's second best detective to look for him. However, Clouseau's enemy, Dreyfus, rigs the Surete's computer to select, instead, the world's worst detective, N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Clifton Sleigh. Sleigh obtusely bungles his way past assassins and corrupt officials as though he were Clouseau's American cousin. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's been bombed, blasted and plugged in the parachute ... Is this any way to welcome the World's Greatest Detective ?


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Actors considered for the role of Clifton Sleigh included John Ritter, John Cleese, Dudley Moore, and Rowan Atkinson. See more »


The rear windshield changes a couple times in damage during the car chase. See more »


Chief Insp. Charles LaRousse Dreyfus: Obviously, Mr. President, so as not to limit our choice, I will omit sex, height, weight, race, and nationality. Ready, Aldous?
Aldous: Ready, Charles.
Chief Insp. Charles LaRousse Dreyfus: Age: 61. Senior officer. IQ...
[looking closer at his paper, then stifling a giggle]
Chief Insp. Charles LaRousse Dreyfus: ...genius. Specialities: judo, kung fu, Okinawan weaponry, karate expert...
[stifling more laughter]
Chief Insp. Charles LaRousse Dreyfus: ...black belt. Expert ma... ma... marksman. Fearless. Courageous. A born leader.
[laughing so hard, he can't continue]
Dave: Is that it, Chief?
Chief Insp. Charles LaRousse Dreyfus: [still stifling his laughter] Mm-hmm.
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Crazy Credits

Roger Moore is credited as Turk Thrust II. See more »


Referenced in Curse of the Pink Panties (2007) See more »


Moon River
Written by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
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13 April 2001 | by KatMissSee all my reviews

O.K. I know that most people see "Curse of the Pink Panther" as being a pretty weak film. Granted, it is weak compared to the great Panther films (Return, Strikes Again, A Shot in the Dark) and the good Panther films (Revenge, Trail and even Son)but somehow, I liked this better than the initial Panther film. For one thing, it doesn't drag on like the original film (again it could just be me)and give Blake Edwards credit for at least attempting to continue the series.

Looking back at Edwards' previous five films ("10", "S.O.B.", "Victor/Victoria", "Trail of the Pink Panther" and "The Man Who Loved Women"[which I persist in admiring even in the face of universally dismal reviews], I suppose it was a tough act to follow those great films with "Curse" perhaps it was a way to get out of his UA contract so he could make more important films at Columbia (including the great "Micki and Maude", "That's Life", "Blind Date" and "A Fine Mess")

But by all means, Edwards hasn't made a bad picture. "Curse" is very much worth a look, to see how the series might have turned had it not been a DUD at the box office. As for the casting, one might condemn Ted Wass for even attempting to fill the enormous shoes left behind by Sellers, but he gives it a good try and makes his own niche as an entirely different kind of stupid detective. And as usual, Herbert Lom is hilarious as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. He really holds the film together and how he never received an Oscar nomination is beyond my understanding.

If you haven't seen the other Panther films, one might look at "Curse of the Pink Panther" as a very good, even great comedy. However, if you have seen the other films, "Curse" will look tissue thin by comparison. But that didn't stop me from finding much to enjoy in this film. You owe it to yourself to give this a look.

*** out of 4 stars

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Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,641,182, 14 August 1983

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2.39 : 1
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