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Inspector Clouseau (1968)

Alan Arkin , Frank Finlay , Bud Yorkin  |  G |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Arkin, Frank Finlay, Delia Boccardo, Barry Foster, Patrick Cargill
  • Directors: Bud Yorkin
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Frank Waldman, Maurice Richlin, Tom Waldman
  • Producers: Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inspector Clouseau" on IMDb

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The world's favorite Pink Panther super-sleuth is back and at it again in this outrageous comedy caper, starring Alan Arkin as the beloved but brainless Inspector Clouseau. When a nation's in trouble, criminal masterminds don't stand a chance against the French detective with a knack for recklessinvestigation. Tension is building at Number Ten Downing Street when it's discovered that the money stolen in the Great Train Robbery is merely operating capital for a bigger criminal plan. Never to fear, Clouseau is here! The bumbling detective sets out on a clumsy crusade to catch the crooks.But the case takes a riotous twist when Clouseau's face is seen masquerading from Swiss bank to Swiss bank for the heist of the century. Will Clouseau manage to save the day, or will the case of mistaken identity end his crime fighting forever?

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Not too long ago I heard about a Pink Panther movie titled Inspector Clouseau (1968), released between A Shot in the Dark (1964) and Return of the Pink Panther (1975), and featuring Alan Arkin (instead of Peter Sellers) in the title role, and my instincts told me it couldn't possibly be any good. When it was finally released on DVD, I was a bit apprehensive to pick it up, given my affinity for the late, great Mr. Sellers, particularly in his Pink Panther roles, but I decided to give it a shot, and you know what? I didn't hate it...actually, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would...written by Frank and Tom Waldman, both of whom were responsible for the screenplay for the 1968 film The Party (a most excellent film featuring Sellers), and directed by Bud Yorkin ("All in the Family", "Sanford and Son"), the film features, as I mentioned, Alan Arkin (Catch-22, Little Murders) as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Also appearing is Delia Boccardo (The Adventurers), Patrick Cargill (Carry On Jack), Frank Finlay (A Study in Terror), Barry Foster (Frenzy), Clive Francis (Romeo and Juliet), and Michael Ripper (X the Unknown, The Brides of Dracula), a great character actor who appeared in a large of horror films released by Hammer Studios from the 1950s into the 1970s.

The story begins in England, as the authorities are busy investigating a large scale robbery that netted the gang involved some two and a half million pounds, which is believed will be used to finance an even larger heist. Due to security leaks on the force, the decision is made to bring in an outsider in that of the famous French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau. During an interview with a prisoner (who subsequently escapes), Clouseau gets a tip on the leader of gang, a mysterious individual named Johnny Rainbow.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Passable, dated 1960s comedy January 19, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie many years ago on late night television. It looks like it was done on a much more modest budget than any of the Blake Edwards films. Despite the Clouseau character, this isn't nearly as madcap as it should have been, and often comes across as a made-for-TV 60s comedy. Alan Arkin's done much better work than this and to his credit does his best to make the character his own rather than an impersonation. Die-hard fans of the series will probably want to see this movie for the sake of completeness. But without Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini is there any reason to have a Pink Panther movie?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arkin is to Clouseau what Lazenby was to Bond February 19, 2006
Alan Arkin (like George Lazenby in the James Bond franchise) only got to do it once, but in his interpretation of Inspector Clouseau, he pulls it off memorably. One of the things that makes this movie so good is that Arkin's Clouseau is organic to the movie and so the movie clips along at a decent pace. Sometimes with Peter Sellers, everything came to a stop so that we could watch him trip and twitch and put his foot into buckets and unsuccessfully try out costumes ... until it felt like the movie ran about ten to twenty minutes too long. Peter Sellers could be very funny, but sometimes the gag could be tedious. 'Revenge of the Pink Panther' is my favorite of the Sellers entries because it felt like an editor was employed. -- Another thing that makes the Arkin Clouseau so much fun is that he actually seems to be a little smarter than the Sellers Clouseau. What makes Sellers funny is that he is both stupid and supremely arrogant. We don't necessarily like him, but he is funny. With Arkin, you actually end up liking the guy. There's a sympathetic core to him and this is partly due to the fact that he isn't all that stupid. He has moments of personal insight (like when he rips up his autographed Sean Connery picture because he doesn't deserve it) and it makes Clouseau interesting. -- Arkin is smart here. He doesn't try to be Peter Sellers. This isn't imitation. It may not even be interpretation. What Arkin has to work with is a funny and smart script, wonderful locales and a team (like the Lazenby Bond) who bent over backwards to bring out a Clouseau movie that doesn't have the original Clouseau. What it amounts to is a funny (at times, hilarious) movie that shines in the Pink Panter franchise. This movie isn't just a curiousity. It's a terrific comedy that's worth a look.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for no Sellers July 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Sellers is unbeatable as the incomperable Inspector Clouseau. It took some tracking, but I finally found this rare video. Alan Arkin with his nasal accent can never mach Peter Sellers'acting abilities, but he would be second in line to make a Pink Panther video.The video has a good plot, with Clouseau tracking all over Europe to track down a ring of bank robbers. Although Inspector Clouseau would be better with Sellers staring in the main role, the video was worth the $20 spent to buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare Panther July 11, 2006
"Inspector Clouseau" is the most obscure entry in the Pink Panther franchise, even more obscure than "Curse of the Pink Panther" or "Son of the Pink Panther." Technically the third movie in the series, "Inspector Clouseau" finds Alan Arkin in the title role of French Inspector Jacques Clousea, a character Peter Sellers had started to make famous in two previous movies and a character that Sellers would become inextricably linked to in four more afterwards. "Inspector Clouseau" lacks the boundless energy of director Shawn Levy and actor Steve Martin's 2006 entry in the franchise or the subtle sophistication of any of director Blake Edward and actor Peter Sellers' indisputable classics, but director Bud Yorkin and actor Alan Arkin's entry is undeniably unique and actually quite entertaining.

"Inspector Clouseau" finds the ever klutzy Clouseau heading from France to London to France again and then onto Switzerland to take on the psychotic gang behind the Great Train Robbery, led by the mysterious "Johnny Rainbow". Clouseau is assisted by shifty Scotland Yard Inspector Weaver (Frank Finlay, who played Inspector Lestrade in "A Study in Terror" and again in "Murder by Decree") who arms Clouseau with an array of James Bond-style gadgetry. Along the way Clouseau, as he's always had the knack to, finds his way into the arms of beautiful babes and takes out dangerous underworld assassins trying to kill him, all completely on accident.

Bud Yorkin's directing style is quite different from Blake Edward's, and the whole movie feels like a completely different animal from any of the other Pink Panther flicks. But the movie finds a charm and sense of fun all its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Arkin, as always, is excellent
The script is rather feeble--worth 2 stars. Alan Arkin however, is marvelous and bumps the rating to 4 stars. He is a joy to watch.
Published 3 months ago by mo from Long Island
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie, thaank you so much!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by nathan e. ingram
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny funny funny. On time delivery and great price
Published 4 months ago by VMAXBOY
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
The delivery service was amazing, but this movie is by far the worst comedy movie of all time. Alan Arkin as Clouseau is absolutely flat and boring. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marcos Marques
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad attempt!
Arkin could do better and actually did do better as I recall.. but this was just too flat and unfunny.
Published 14 months ago by Harmond_Rabb
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost But Not Quite...
to paraphrase Patty Smyth, sometimes talent just ain't enough.
Alan Arkin is a fabulous actor who features prominently in several of my favorite films (THE SEVEN-PER-CENT... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jude pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb
I loved it. However, I wish it would have been available in a Blu-ray version so the color and clarity would have been better.
Published 19 months ago by Marley2
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
Husband didn't care for it.
Published 22 months ago by Likky
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
No good... as bad as the Curse of the Pink Panther..... unwatchable!
Frankly there is only one Peter Sellers and no doubles can compare just as there is only one Herbert Lom... Read more
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