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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.


Blake Edwards


Maurice Richlin (characters), Blake Edwards (characters) | 4 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... 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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Inspector Clouseau's biggest mistake lives on! See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Ninth "Pink Panther" picture in the original film franchise. See more »


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 »


[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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


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


The Pink Panther Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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User Reviews

Son of the Pink Panther was an okay finale to Edwards' iconic series
7 February 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Ten years after the flop that was Curse of the Pink Panther, director Blake Edwards once again tried to revive his iconic series without the late star Peter Sellers. In Curse, there was some wonder among Dreyfus and Francois if Clifton Sleigh was related to Clouseau. Here, it's confirmed that Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli (Roberto Benigni) is indeed Clouseau's son by his mother, Maria Gambrelli (returning Claudia Cardinale, previously Princess Dala in The original Pink Panther. She replaced Elke Sommer of A Shot in the Dark). It's also confirmed that it's been ten years since Clouseau's death (perhaps a little after the events of Curse, perhaps?). Besides the always welcome return of Herbert Lom as Commissioner-once again!-Charles Dreyfus, we also get again Burt Kwouk as Cato, Liz Smith as Marta Balls (she previously appeared in Trail of the Pink Panther in outtakes from The Pink Panther Strikes Again as well as Curse), and, back as her husband, Professor Auguste Balls, the always versatile Graham Stark (though Harvey Korman played him in Smith's previous entries). With Andre Maranne seemingly unavailable, Dermot Crowley takes over his role of Seargent Francois Duval here. Also new to the cast is Debrah Farentino as Princess Yasmin who falls for Gambrelli, Robert Davi as the villain Hans Zabra, and Edwards' daughter Jennifer as Yussa. All are good in their roles. Incidentally, the director's son Geoffrey Edwards, who previously was co-writer on Trail as well as Curse, is second unit director here as well as the director of the live-action section of the title sequence. Okay, I liked Curse despite the ending so I wondered how I'd feel about this one after what happened there. I was very glad no mention was made of Clouseau's going over to the other side so I half wondered if that was conveniently forgotten or what. Anyway, Benigni was fine mixing his and Sellers' characterizations in making us believe he really was Jacques Clouseau's son and his scenes with Lom are pure gold. Kwouk as Cato is also nicely done compared to his over-the-top attacks on Curse. In fact, I liked his disguise as a Jewish man and his surprise attacks on the villains though I half wondered if he'd die when one of them kicked him back in the refrigerator. Not every set piece was laugh-your-head-off funny but I was pretty entertained from beginning to end. Oh, and there's a cameo by Benigni's wife, Nicoletta Braschi, involving another twist that I won't reveal here. And the beginning live-action/animated title sequence by Desert Music Pictures/Kroyer Films, Inc., respectively, marked a new kind of hilarity as conductor Pink Panther (who is passed the baton from Henry Mancini in a nice cameo) tries to stop the animated Benigni from wreaking havoc in the music/film projector studio as we see Bobby McFerrin use his unique mouth to warble his own version of Mancini's Pink Panther theme. So with this series entry, we say goodbye to the cast and crew of the previous nine (including this one) Pink Panther movies especially Mancini as he'd die not long after. This also turned out to be Edwards' last feature film as once again, Son of the Pink Panther flopped. So in a way, this was indeed the end of the ORIGINAL Pink Panther series. However, someone decided to reboot the series thirteen years later. Next up, The Pink Panther (2006)...

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Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,129,689, 29 August 1993

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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