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Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 27 August 1993 (USA)
Charles Dreyfus encounters Jacques Gambrelli, who reminds him painfully of Inspector Clouseau, the man who drove him insane. With good reason: Gambrelli is Clouseau's son.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Maurice Richlin (characters), Blake Edwards (characters) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Benigni ... Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli
Herbert Lom ... Police Commisioner Charles Dreyfus
Claudia Cardinale ... Maria Gambrelli
Shabana Azmi ... Queen
Debrah Farentino ... Princess Yasmin
Jennifer Edwards Jennifer Edwards ... Yussa
Robert Davi ... Hans Zarba
Mark Schneider ... Arnon
Mike Starr ... Hanif
Kenny Spalding Kenny Spalding ... Garth
Anton Rodgers ... Police Chief Charles Lazar
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Graham Stark ... Professor Auguste Balls
Oliver Cotton ... King Haroak
Aharon Ipalé ... Gen. Jaffar
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Storyline

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>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comic violence and some mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,129,689, 27 August 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,457,574
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Wallis is credited in the end title but is nowhere to be seen in the film. See more »

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The bomb planted outside of the Gambrelli house is set to detonate within four minutes, but it only takes 48 seconds in the film for the bomb to explode - not that it's in real time and it would take that quick for four minutes to go by so quickly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hans Zarba: [watching a recorded surveillance video of Princess Yasmin practicing her martial arts] She's good.
Hanif: Good, huh?
Yussa: Yes, she's good.
Hanif: As good as you?
Yussa: Maybe.
Hanif: Better.
[Hanif laughs; Yussa reverse-kicks him]
Hanif: [Hans lifts Yussa by the throat] She was only showing how good she is.
Hans Zarba: I know how... good she is... or she wouldn't be with us.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits start with the Pink Panther walking across a still of Jacques Gambrelli. Suddenly the animated Gambrelli cuts away the head of live-action Gambrelli and pops out of the hole, dropping the head on the Panther; the enraged Panther chases him into fading blackness. See more »

Connections

References A Shot in the Dark (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pink Panther Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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A good fresh start.
3 May 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

No this movie is not as good as the earliest Pink Panter movies and no, Roberto Benigni ain't no Peter Sellers but fair is fair, this is an entertaining and fun enough comedy, that showed some potential for a new fresh start of the Pink Panther series.

Everything in this movie indicated that they intended this movie as a new and fresh start of the Pink Panther series. The movie was more of its time and modern and looked more like a James Bond movie done comedy style than an old fashioned made slapstick, like all of the other previous Pink Panther movies were done in.

Too bad that people never really gave this movie a fair change. People just thought that the Pink Panther series should had stopped with the death of Peter Sellers in 1980 and director Blake Edwards should had never went on making more Pink Panther movies, as he did. This was the third Pink Panther movie without Peter Sellers, so people were already mostly fed up with it and after the previous too disappointing Pink Panther entries, the expectations for this movie naturally weren't really high. But I for one however wouldn't had mind seeing more Pink Panther movies with the son of Clouseau in it.

No, I never really have been a Roberto Benigni fan, since he mostly only plays naive, smiling, jumping and screaming comical characters but he simply was well cast in this movie and did a good job with his role. I think it was a good move that they didn't let hem try to impersonate Peter Seller's performance as the famous 'brilliant' inspector but instead letting him be a total different character with Benigni his own interpretation.

Nevertheless it's not a movie that totally abandons the style or spirit of the previous Pink Panther movies. It still let some old character re-appear in this movie such as Police Commissioner Charles Dreyfus (finally he got his promotion), Professor Auguste Balls, Cato and Sergeant Francois Duval. It however also becomes painfully obviously that by now the actors who are portraying the characters got terribly old and it became time for some fresh blood. As much as I loved Herbert Lom in all of the previous Pink Panther movies as Dreyfus, he really was too old for his role in this movie to be still believable and good in it. Same goes for Burt Kwouk as Cato, who at the time of this movie already was well in his 60's.

The fact that this is a more comical approach of James Bond also means that there is some more story present this time, with a real villain and a love interested, action, shooting as well as most other typical genre clichés. The feeling that this is a more comical version of James Bond is being strengthened by the presence of Robert Davi, who previously played the main villain in the James Bond movie "Licence to Kill". Basically he plays the same role as he always does; a ruthless criminal boss who always is looking for more power and money. But if you're so great at playing these sort of roles, why wouldn't you take it? A only complaint could be that he doesn't play his role comically enough. He is serious as always, though I'm not to sure if this was what the film-makers originally had in mind. The different approach of the entire movie might also be a reason why some people have difficulties accepting this as a Pink Panther movie but I in fact think that all of the Pink Panther movies are somewhat- and always wanted to be like James Bond movies, only done in a complete different comical style.

Director Blake Edwards with this movie shows that old fashioned slapstick can still be incorporated properly into 'modern' movies, if done and handled correctly. Blake Edwards with this movie shows that he still had it in him, which also makes it sort of a shame that his career pretty much died right after this movie.

Give this movie a fair change and you might end up liking it for what it is.

6/10

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