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.
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".
Eighth entry in the Pink Panther. It is nearly 30 years since Inspector Jacques Clouseau managed to get Maria Gambrelli off from a murder charge (events of "A Shot In The Dark".) Maria has gone on and have moved to a seaside town. Also Princess Yasmin of Lugash has come to the town for a holiday with her father. She is kidnapped and because of the strong ties between France and Lugash, Chief Inspector Dreyfus is called in to find her. He is hampered by the local police officer Jacques and is amazed when he finds that Jacques is Maria's son. He is terrified even though he and Maria are falling in love that Jacques is Clouseau's son and Jacques is showing Clouseau-ish behaviour. Both Jacques and Dreyfus set out to find the missing Princess...Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
When Commisioner Dreyfus accidentally ejects himself from his hospital bed, person being ejected is a clearly a stunt double, with darker hair, and more of it. See more »
[watching a recorded surveillance video of Princess Yasmin practicing her martial arts]
Yes, she's good.
As good as you?
[Hanif laughs; Yussa reverse-kicks him]
[Hans lifts Yussa by the throat]
She was only showing how good she is.
I know how... good she is... or she wouldn't be with us.
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The opening credits have the Pink Panther stepping out of a cinema screen to conduct a live-action orchestra to his theme music (taking the baton from composer Henry Mancini). He does a superb job... until an animated Inspector Gambrelli mucks things up. See more »
The Blu-ray includes two deleted scenes (around seven minutes) not featured in the original theatrical release: particularly Gambrelli playing with a condom. See more »
While riding the subway eight years ago, I saw the billboards for "Son of the Pink Panther" and I really didn't think much about it then. I had yet to become a fan of Blake Edwards' work, and I really hadn't seen any of the previous Panther films.
Flash forward to 1999. Turner Classic Movies had shown the first six entries in the Panther series and I had watched them in chronological order, which I think is a good idea for anyone to do. I had seen "Curse" on tape and I decided to check out "Son of the Pink Panther" just out of curiosity. I had read some reviews, which were pretty dismal. So I had no reason to expect anything great.
Imagine my surprise when I found myself laughing a lot during the 95 minute running time of "Son". This was a clever, funny and very original entry in the long-running "Panther" series. Blake Edwards' instinct was right on the money when he cast Italian comedian Roberto Benigni in the role of Clouseau's illegitimate son. Benigni displays all the traits that made Peter Sellers such a great talent. He plays the comic scenes very straight which sells it so much better than if he had played it slyly. And the films he has made since ("The Monster", "Night on Earth" and "Life Is Beautiful", which was sort of his own "Being There") just confirms my initial reaction. And of course, what is a Panther film without Dreyfus, played as always by Herbert Lom, who works well with Benigni in many memorable sequences.
If I have a complaint about "Son", it is that it tends to get too preoccupied with the plot. The best Panther films didn't depend on plot as much as characterization and "Son" suffers because of it as did Edwards' previous disappointment "Switch". But "Son" has a manic comic energy and polish that "Switch" lacked and the payoffs work as in "Switch" they did not.
"Son of the Pink Panther" is a better film than "Curse", "Revenge" and the original film, but not "Strikes Again", "Return" and "A Shot in the Dark" (of which this film has its roots in) Sadly, Edwards retired from theatrical features after this although he still works in TV. He showed so much vigor and life in "Son" that makes me want to see him make another Panther film, especially with Roberto Benigni. I'm still waiting.
***1/2 out of 4 stars
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