CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER (DVD MOVIE)
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PEOPLE, he is not TRYING to be Peter Sellers!! Get a clue (or a cleau-a as the case may be)! Wass is brilliant in this movie as the guy who truly can't figure out how he wound up in this situation (and recall please that he wound up in this situation because a computer was created to find a detective EXACTLY like Clouseau who could then find Clouseau...there is a hilarious bit in which everyone inputs their impressions of Clouseau using adjectives like: brilliant, master of disguise, genius and so forth - however Dreyfus DOES NOT WANT another Clouseau on his hands so he sets the computer on OPPOSITE...the hilarious result of course is that he ends up with someone who really is LIKE Clouseau...the opposite of brilliant and genius!!) This bit alone would put Blake Edwards' final tribute to the Pink series up there with the likes of A Shot In the Dark.
No, it isn't "Return" and it doesn't have Peter Sellers who truly was a genius, but it does have the same kind of comic relief that we've come to expect from the Pink Panther movies. The jobs done by Ted Wass, David Niven, and Robert Wagner are more than commendable!
Now, all that said, I won't give away the final "surprise" cameo either, but let me say this: that particular actor was AWFUL in this movie and should have been better schooled in the Clouseau accent and voice (as far as I'm concerned, this is the only Blake Edwards fall-down on the job for this film). That done, the ending would have been brilliant, not the least bit confusing as some have said, and conclusive!Read more ›
Sellers does make brief appearances here via some lines of dialogue from earlier films looped over a stand-in who at first appears in shadow in the pre-credits sequence and then wrapped in bandages later on in scenes with a bewigged Joanna Lumley. Clouseau does make a more substantial appearance in the final 30 minutes but is played by....well, let's just say he's played by an actor who is quite well known for having played another iconic character in another famous movie franchise. He gives an embarrassingly unfunny performance and I can only imagine that he owed the director a favour.
The new lead character in this film is Ted Wass as NYC policeman Clifton Sleigh. He's just as inept as Clouseau but Wass handles the pratfalls without the grace and skill that Sellers had. Whatever Wass' shortcomings are as a comic actor he doesn't get a chance to step out of Sellers shadow because this film, like the one preceeding it, concentrates on the search for Clouseau. We see Sleigh visit cast members and sets from previous films just as Joanna Lumley did in the last movie. And yes, David Niven appears again with his voice still dubbed by Rich Little.
Rather than waste any more time and effort writing about this film, I recommend that you avoid this and The Trail Of The Pink Panther and check out much better films like A Shot In The Dark and The Pink Panther Strikes Again. By all means take a look at the final sequel starring Roberto Benigni (The Son Of The Pink Panther) but only for Benigni's performance and to imagine what a new PP series could have been like with Benigni in the lead role and a new production and writing team at the helm.
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I admit I checked out this movie with low expectations, more out of completism than anything else. Actually, it wasn't as bad as expected, but though the slapstick scenes are good,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Long Tom
Although not of the original Peter Sellers quality and commitment, still a very funny movie.Published 16 months ago by G. Weldon Searles
I'm a big Pink Panther and Peter Sellers fan, so about every 5 years I again watch through all 8 of the original Pink Panther films. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anton Karidian
It really says something when David Niven, Capucine, Burt Kwouk, Robert Wagner, and Herbert Lom can't save a movie from utter disaster. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Todd7
I love all of the original Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers. This sad, pathetic attempt at a movie should not have been made in the first instance. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Madfingers
Note: I saw this movie for free via XFinity On Demand.
I saw this film today because...I guess I wanted to see it out of curiousity. Read more
Had never seen this movie before. Loved it. Peter Sellers was great but we must move on. Big Sellers fan. I guess I would not have liked this movie years ago but I loved it now.Published on November 28, 2012 by Alfred
In spite of the demise of Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards continued to make three more Pink Panther movies; Curse of the Pink Panther, Trail of the Pink Panther, and Son of the Pink... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Daddy
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Apparently, Blake Edwards first choice for Ted Wass' role was Dudley Moore, but Moore didn't want to commit to a franchise as he already had the Arthur movies. Blake Edwards then wanted Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) for the part but the studio didn't want to bank on a relatively unknown English... Read More
Oct 24, 2009 by Pen | See all 2 posts