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 Jaques Gambrelli leaves the hospital, his bike has wet cement on the wheels. In the next scene, the wheels are clean, with no trace of cement. 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 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 »
Italian prints (available on DVD in Italy) contains several alternate scenes, different camera angles and sound effects. This version runs at 86 minutes, seven minutes shorter of the U.S. cut. The alternate scenes are somewhat bawdy and make for a much funnier film:
Gambrelli, riding in the car with Dreyfus and Francois Duval, pulls out a condom, starts stretching it and inflating it like a balloon. The condom then pops.
Gambrelli's lock up with the princess: Hans drops his body on the floor in Yasmin's room before leaving. Gambrelli comes to his senses seeing Yasmin, collapsing onto Yasmin's lap in a stupor. He then recoups himself onto her chest and makes love with the aroused Yasmin. He attempts to burst out the door, but gets flung back onto the floor. The scene ends with implied oral sex as the shot focuses on Yasmin's face, much to her satisfaction.
Dialogue from Gambrelli during the ending animated Pink Panther sequence.
For hardcore Clouseau/Sellers fans: Go ahead and skip this one. The missing element of Sellers really robs the Pink Panther series of its essence.
For true Edwards fans such as myself: Please see this movie. I don't quite know why Edwards made this, but it was nice to see some of the familiar Panther faces; and slapstick routines that were new to this film. The hospital bed scene with the remote control is classic Edwards. It seems to me he could have used this gag in any new non-panther movie since he has frequently used this type of humor in many other films like "A Fine Mess", "Blind Date", "S.O.B.", "High Time", "What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?", "Victor/Victoria", and "10". Perhaps he was trying to use up some remaining gags he had in his script closet. I guess I'll have to keep waiting patiently for a new Edwards film. And does it always have to be the same comedy routines? Another poignant film like "That's Life" would be nice as well as another thriller like "Experiment in Terror".
I had mixed feelings about the appearance of Claudia Cardinale in this movie. Obviously she is a Pink Panther veteran where she played the Princess so it was nice to see her. In this movie she played the character of Maria Gambrelli which was originally played by Elke Sommer in "A Shot In The Dark". Why she didn't play the same character is strange to me, but then Panther fans may recall that Graham Stark has played several different characters throughout the Pink Panther series, and when Christopher Plummer played David Niven's role in "Return of the Pink Panther", his wife (also a different actress from the original) had a new name. Did he get a divorce? However in "Trail of the Pink Panther" I guess Niven and Capucine reconciled since they once again played the roles of the Phantom and Simone:) ????????? So I guess it was nothing that strange to see Claudia Cardinale appear in the film in a different role.
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