The Pink Panther
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•MPAA Rating: UNRATED
•Runtime: 115 minutes
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!).
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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Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers will always make you laugh, Very good.Published 10 months ago by N.
Youngsters might not get it, but to me it's a blast from the past.Published 12 months ago by patrick
rush to buy all the pink panther. i had a hard time finding all the pink panther. you will love it.Published 22 months ago by fernand
Ordered Jan7, 2011 and apparently it was shipped Jan11, 2011. Not received by Jan 31, and vendor thought it should have arrived but requested that we give it two more days. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2011 by Robert
Title: Pink Panther, The (1963)
Studio: Fox Video / MGM Video
Contributor Name: Peter Sellers, David Nwen, Robert Wagner, Capucine, Blake Edwards (production)... Read more
David Niven, (Sir Charles Lytton) and Peter Sellers (Inspector Jacques Clouseau) star in the Pink Panther, the first in a pretty successful but flawed series. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by J. Botha
Than as the start of the Panther series. Too many questions arise:
1)Where is Chief Inspector Dreyfuss in all this? Read more
I have seen all the Pink Panther movies and this (the first and most admired by many) is the weakist one. It's good but nothing compared to the other onesPublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Ziggy
I'LL KEEP THIS SHORT BUT...IT'S GOT TIMELESS & PRICELESS GAGS, EVERY BUMBLE FROM SELLERS, THE GORILLA CHASE, IT'S GREAT, BUT IT'S SMARTER THAT IT IS FUNNY, THE SEQUELS HAVE MORE... Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003
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