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The Pink Panther


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  • Actors: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,787 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The Pink Panther

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
This, the first of the exquisite Pink Panther series, is an amazing film. To know that originally Peter Ustinov was cast to play Jacques Clouseau as a straight, inept French detective is a sobering thought. After Ustinov dropped out, of course, Peter Sellers got the role and after consultation with Blake Edwards, decided to make him not only inept, but also bumbling and accident prone, a characterization that defines how we think of Clouseau today. This film is interesting in that since it is the first of the series it is interesting to see the origins of the character, and how different he is here than in later 'Panther' films. Here is clumsy and prone to pratfalls, but is less flamboyantly slapstick than in the later films.
The film also stars the wonderful David Niven, who plays the perfect suave English thief, and a very young Robert Wagner as his equally debonair nephew. Female stars are the beautiful Claudia Cardinale and Capucine, two of the top European actresses and models from the era.
The movie is a bit more sedate than the later films in the series, but still is one of the funniest movies of the sixties. 'A Shot In The Dark', also released in 1964, as the first sequel, began the transformation to the later formulas with additions such as the wonderful Herbert Lom. 'The Pink Panther' does introduce the animated 'Pink Panther' short for the first time, as well as the often imitated, never duplicated title theme. Other viewers will have their own favorite scenes, and the costume party is surely one of the highlights of the film, but for my money the best scenes in the film revolve around Clouseau trying to woo his wife by playing his Stradivarius violin, over many protestations.
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Inspector Jacques Clouseau is hot on the trail of the Phantom, a jewel thief whom he describes as "the shrewdest, cleverest, most ingenious criminal in all the world." And he's never seen him. Clouseau thinks that his next target is the Pink Panther diamond belonging to Princess Dalla, ruler of an unspecified country near India. Yet at very extraverted socialite Angela Dunning's party in the snowswept mountainside in Cortina D'Ampezzo in Northern Italy, he believes that one of her guests is the Phantom.
He is totally devoted to his wife Simone, but that isn't reciprocated. Behind his back, she is having an affair with the famed middle-aged debonair playboy, Sir Charles Lytton, and due to a misunderstanding, manipulating his nephew George, a college graduate from America.
However, Sir Charles is up to some machinations, as he has an accomplice steal Princess Dalla's dog, only to get into a skiing accident, and he's very keen on gaining the Princess's confidence, who has the reputation of being the "virgin queen." However, some bubbly loosens her up, and the pretty Claudia Cardinale does a good job in portraying her in that state.
Other funny scenes involve Simone trying to hide both Lyttons in her hotel room while Jacques is in the bathroom. Both Lyttons' attempts to escape are foiled by room service or Jacques emerging from the bathroom. And the bewildered old man trying to cross the street, only to have cars zipping past him every other step, including two driven by men dressed in gorilla costumes, Clouseau shouting instructions, and even a pantomime zebra (don't ask!), has got to be a classic.
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Format: DVD
I am no veteran of the Pink Panther films, but I have somehow surrounded myself with several of these loyally crazed fanatics. They're blissfully unaware of the very tedious nature of these films, being contented to entrance themselves in patient anticipation of the few laugh-out-loud funny scenes. I am told that the original Pink Panther is not the most humorous, so I would offer the caution that perhaps the Pink Panther Returns might be better suited to the beginners tastes.
The plot is rather..well..not there. Obviously, a spoof doesn't need to have a plot, but the film's makers have put in very serious relationship scenes between David Niven and Miss Cardinale which really makes for a bumpy road to humor. The Inspector's mishaps are the funniest toward the end, so bear with it. A particular four-legged friend of the Inspector's is by far the most genius part of the film. There is a surprise ending that might leave spoof-newbies confused, but no worries. That's way these things work. All in all, I could have better spent my evening (and I had wanted to, too!).
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Format: DVD
A screamingly funny slapstic, The Pink Panther is great, if a little outdated. Peter Sellers plays Inspecter Clousseau-an lovable detective that can solve the case-if he can still open the door! Peter Sellers also starred in A Shot in the Dark and Dr. Strangelove that year, both of which I would recommend. The film is a classic in which the comedy is funny on it's timing-and this film has perfect timing! Even Leonard Maltin liked this one. When this film didn't appear on the AFI's top 100, it was a real "shot in the dark."
Movie: 4.5/5 A little outdated, but as the spotlight review says, "Deliciously Funny."
DVD: 4/5 I know what your thinking, about no special features, mono, and non-anamorphic, but it comes with one of my favorite trailers, gives two viewing modes, sounds great during the film's score, is sharp at times, and has a great pamphlet about the film. I never saw this film on vhs, so I have nothing to compare it to.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review and feel free to leave me a helpful/not helpful feedback. God Bless America!
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