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>
Final "Pink Panther" picture until The Pink Panther (2006) remake which was made and first released around thirteen years later. See more »
Gambrelli says "ha" when Yussa shoots at him, but his mouth is closed. 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 »
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.
Quite probably the worst of the Pink Panther movies
I was more than willing to accept a new actor to take over the Pink Panther franchise as Clouseau's inept son, and I feel that he would have made a decent enough Clouseau. The problem lies with the script of this movie. Many of the gags are simply re-hashed from previous Panther movies, and not very effectively at that.
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