Trail of the Pink Panther
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One would have thought that the death of Peter Sellers in 1980 would spell the end of the Pink Panther series but Blake Edwards was able to utilize leftover footage from previous Panther efforts to create TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER. Sellers once again stars as the ineptly heroic Inspector Clouseau who is assigned to investigate when the fabulous Pink Panther diamond is again stolen from the country of Lugash. While flying to England for an important meeting with Scotland Yard Clouseau's plane mysteriously disappears over the Atlantic arousing speculation about the detective. Clouseau's past is dug up by French television reporter Marie Jouvet (Joanna Lumley) who interviews many of the people whose lives the bungling detective has touched--in more ways than one--over the years including Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) Clouseau's former wife now Lady Lytton (Capucine) and of course the incomparable Kato (Burt Kwouk). In the course of her research Jouvet manages to unearth Clouseau's father who not surprisingly shares many of his son's most familiar characteristics.System Requirements:Running Time: 97 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG UPC: 027616905970 Manufacturer No: 1006396
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The first part of the film is a rehash of some scenes from earlier "Panther" movies and outtakes cleverly edited to try to resemble a story. The truth be told, there are some individually hilarious clips in the first half, which is why I gave the film two stars.
Hands down the best scene in the movie involves a nightmare that Herbert Lom has regarding a birthday present from Clouseau, and his attempts to swim in it. In fact, the only truly great moments in the film all star Lom, the most gifted of any of the "Panther" co-stars. I was also amused that the name of Hercule's (Seller's friend and regular of the series, Graham Stark) boat was "The Moth", of course pronounced "Muuuth" as homage to Sellers.
The second half (after Clouseau's plane disappears...) is devoted to annoyingly self-important reporter Marie Jouvet, played by the pretty but untalented Joanna Lumley, looking for clues about Clouseau's disappearance. She takes the opportunity to interview Dreyfus and Cato, and as well as Sir Charles and Lady Litton (David Niven and the late Capucine, who, the back story reveals are now married), and most embarrassingly of all Clouseau's "father" and nanny. The scene with Clouseau, Senior and "Nanna" is utterly painful to watch and is nothing but a bad caricature of Sellers. The childhood flashbacks which follow are even more wretched, particularly the dismal "Good, Bad, and the Ugly" parody of Clint Eastwood with a cap gun.Read more ›
Dreyfus dreams that Cleuseau put 3,000 pounds of Jello in his swimming pool, then wakes up and dives into the pool cover!
this is not a bad film. It is just not for people who expect it to be the same as the other Panther movies.
P.S. The scene where the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, is the CHEAPEST robbery scene I have ever seen, and it is used AGAIN in "Curse of the Pink Panther"!
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If memory serves, Peter Sellers passed away during the filming of this movie and such forced Blake Edwards to re-write the script. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William F. Sheehan
this is the real one and not the remake that for myself i think it is lousy.run for it now.Published on April 7 2014 by fernand
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu or this blob of bloopers? That is the question.Published on May 21 2004
We don't get to find out whether Closeau is ever found again or not because Edwards had a sequel (Curse of the Pink Panther) coming up just around six months later and the point of... Read morePublished on May 18 2004
Make no mistake, I am a Peter Sellers fan and I enjoy his Clouseau character in particular, but this entry was a real letdown. Read morePublished on March 10 2004
Why didn't this make the top hundred best films ever made list? Any film that flogs a dead Frenchman is alright by me.Published on Aug. 23 2002 by Gary