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The Pink Panther (2006)

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Bumbling Inspector Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.

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Shawn Levy

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Len Blum (screenplay), Steve Martin (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Clouseau
Kevin Kline ... Dreyfus
Jean Reno ... Ponton
Emily Mortimer ... Nicole
Henry Czerny ... Yuri
Kristin Chenoweth ... Cherie
Roger Rees ... Raymond Larocque
Beyoncé ... Xania (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Philip Goodwin Philip Goodwin ... Deputy Chief Renard
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... President
William Abadie ... Bizu
Daniel Sauli ... Music Producer
Jean Dell Jean Dell ... Justice Minister Clochard
Anna Katarina ... Agent Corbeille
Nick Toren ... Agent Savard
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Storyline

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for occasional crude and suggestive humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Czech Republic

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Birth of the Pink Panther See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,220,412, 12 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$82,226,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$158,851,357
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gérard Depardieu was the second choice for the role of Ponton. See more »

Goofs

When Clouseau falls through the bathroom floor to the reception desk below, the stuntman carrying out the stunt rolls from the desk about a meter to the right of where Clouseau stands up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: Ah, Clouseau. Yes, well, the first time I ever heard that name, uh, Clouseau was just a little, um... nobody, a police officer in some little village far outside of Paris.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: He was the village idiot as far as I could tell.
[Dreyfus chuckles]
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Crazy Credits

The MGM logo is slammed open (with Leo the Lion in mid-roar) by the animated Inspector Clouseau, who takes a look around and then walks off. The Pink Panther appears and closes the logo, leaving Leo unconscious. See more »

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An alternate opening sequence, made in CGI. See more »


Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
In the score in France
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A fun movie, and let's clear up a few things...
16 February 2006 | by iKramerica-1See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I expected the worst because of many of the comments here, but that's why they play the game, so the saying goes...

There were plenty of laughs and a simple but serviceable plot that held together for the whole film. I personally don't think Martin was trying to BE Sellers, but to do his TAKE on a character created by Sellers. Think original Clouseau + The Jerk and you get the idea.

The key is that Marin captured the spirit of the character and the film captured the spirit of the original films as well. That's all one could ask.

Jean Reno was quite good, Kevin Cline not so good. He might have taken more time to make his own Dreyfuss.

Now to clear some things up:

First: For those who lament a crappy remake of the original film, I suggest you go watch the original film. You will be surprised at how unfunny it is. Sellers is good, but the movie itself is slow and obvious. I remember loving the movie as a kid, then I tried to watch it recently and realized I was remembering the sequel. The original was really weak and boring.

Second: For those who say Martin turned Clouseau into some kind of loser, I again suggest you watch the originals. He WAS a loser. He WAS pathetic. That was the point. He was a sexual repressed, pathetic loser who lucked into solving crimes while bumbling around and trying to get laid. Martin's Clouseau fits this mold.

Third: This is not a remake, but another in a series. To suggest that the original is so sacred that another film in a series can't be made many years later is the worst kind of snobbery. Why do people treat films with such reverence but not plays or musicals? If a great star creates a character on stage, does that mean no one else can ever play that character in the history of theater? Of course not. Sorry to say, Sellars is dead. He can't come back and do it again.

Now there are things about this movie that are different than the originals in terms of tone.

One is that the subject matter has been toned down a bit. Though there is the implication of sex in multiple places and a few murders (not violent and not seen), it isn't as risqué as the original, to fit a broader market one would suppose. Still not sure how they can get away with advertising it on Nickelodeon with links to NIck.com, but that's a typical Viacom/MTV problem.

But this film is a bit lighter than the original for that reason. It is still satirical, but less blatantly pop culture gag driven than a Shrek. Pink Panther takes subtle jabs at the French and their love of cycling, hatred of American food, etc. It also incorporates a very fun sequence with 006, creates gags out of Viagra, ring tones, the TSA, etc. Basically, it's current without being so tied to 2005/6 that it will feel dated later.

If you like to laugh, you'll like this movie. If you consider yourself a tough cookie for laughs, then you may not. But that's your fault, not the movie's... ;)


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