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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1 October 2004 (UK)
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The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.

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Stephen Hopkins

Writers:

Roger Lewis (book), Christopher Markus (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 29 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Peter Sellers
Charlize Theron ... Britt Ekland
Emily Watson ... Anne Sellers
John Lithgow ... Blake Edwards
Miriam Margolyes ... Peg Sellers
Peter Vaughan ... Bill Sellers
Sonia Aquino ... Sophia Loren
Stanley Tucci ... Stanley Kubrick
Stephen Fry ... Maurice Woodruff
Henry Goodman ... Dennis Selinger
Alison Steadman ... Casting Agent
Peter Gevisser ... Ted Levy
David Robb ... Dr. Lyle Wexler
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Spike Milligan (as Edward Tudor Pole)
Steve Pemberton ... Harry Secombe
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Storyline

The professional and personal life of actor and comedian Peter Sellers was a turbulent one. His early movie fame was based primarily on his comic characterizations, often of bumbling and foreign-accented persons, characters which he embodied. As his movie fame rose, he began to lose his own personal identity to his movie characters, leading to self-doubt of himself as a person and a constant need for reassurance and acceptance of his work. This self-doubt manifested itself in fits of anger and what was deemed as arrogance by many. In turn, his personal relationships began to deteriorate as his characterizations were continually used to mask his problems. His first wife, Anne Howe, left/divorced him and his relationships with his parents and children became increasingly distant. His relationship with his second wife, Swedish actress Britt Ekland, was based on this mask. In his later life, he tried to rediscover himself and his career with what would become his penultimate film role, ... Written by Huggo

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I love me...I love me not. See more »


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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Moi, Peter Sellers See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£125,748 (United Kingdom), 1 October 2004, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Won the most Emmys for a made-for-television movie without winning for the Outstanding Made for Television Movie award. It won nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie--Geoffrey Rush. See more »

Goofs

A cinema marquee advertises Ghost in the Noonday Sun despite the fact that this film was shelved until after Sellers' death and never received a theatrical release. Similarly, The Blockhouse didn't have a U.K. theatrical release but is shown playing on a London marquee. See more »

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[last lines]
Peter Sellers: [as he enters his dressing room trailer] You can't come in here.
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Crazy Credits

The frame freezes and the end credits start. After some informations about the last part of life of Peter Sellers have scrolled up the screen, the credits stop and the camera suddenly pulls back, revealing Geoffrey Rush watching the end titles sitting in front of a monitor on a studio set. He turns toward the camera, waves, gets up, leaves the set and walks to a trailer. The camera tries to follow him inside, but he turns and says "You can't come in here". The door closes, and the camera zooms in on the sign with the name "Peter Sellers". The film again fades to black and we see the rest of the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pink Panther
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
Arranged and conducted by James Seymour Brett
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Interesting film of a deeply disturbed, unpleasant person
17 October 2005 | by ANearySee all my reviews

I never thought I'd find myself feeling sorry for Britt Ekland: this film of Peter Sellers' life and career achieved that. One must assume that many of the details are based in truth - his behaviour to his children in particular was awful.

There is no doubt that Sellers was an amazing talent, and troubled as so many are (Tony Hancock, for instance) - the toll that took on those closest to him must have been great.

But to the film: it's worth seeing for the extraordinary performance from Geoffrey Rush, uncannily portraying Sellers. There is fine support, in particular from John Lithgow as Blake Edwards, Miriam Margoyles as Sellers' mother, and Charlize Theron's Ekland.


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