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Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

Roberto Benigni , Blake Edwards  |  PG |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roberto Benigni
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Format: Dolby, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The eighth and last entry in Blake Edwards's long-running series SON OF THE PINK PANTHER stars Roberto Benigni (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) as the illegitimate son of the benighted Inspector Clouseau. Princess Yasmin a member of the royal family of Lugash is kidnapped while on vacation in France by terrorist Hans (Robert Davi) who demands a $100 million ransom and Chief of Police Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is called in to handle the case. Hans makes the mistake of being involved in a crash with Jacques Gambrelli the bumbling illegitimate son of Clouseau who manages to catch sight of the princess. Gambrelli also crashes into Dreyfus who manifests his familiar Tourette's symptoms after meeting the son of the man who so often pushed him to the brink of insanity. After confirming his identity the police chief sends Gambrelli on what he hopes will be a suicidal mission to find the princess in Lugash. Begnini is charming as the heir to the legacy of ineptitude.System Requirements:Running Time: 93 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG UPC: 027616930217 Manufacturer No: 1009053

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Son of the Pink Panther March 3, 2006
Funny in parts, but not up to the level of when Peter Sellers was playing Clouseau. Hebert Lom and Bert Kwok are the only actors that hold the movie together. The usual clumsiness was a

bit overdone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Duller Pink June 14, 2006
After the success, or rather lack thereof, of "Curse of the Pink Panther", Blake Edwards realized he had to accept that Peter Sellers was no more and that he still needed to bring the name Clouseau back into the franchise, even if it meant giving Sellers' classic character an illegitimate son.

Enter future Oscar winner Roberto Benigni, who would actually receive the exact opposite of an Oscar for this role. He's clean-shaven, part Italian Jacques Gumbrelli Clouseau Jr., not mustached Jacques Clouseau, making this a new character and leaving Benigni to the type of humor that works for him.

Unfortunately, the humor doesn't work for the entire movie. The movie moves almost completely away from the overdone routines of the rest of the series, but there are only a few laugh out loud scenes, with some small chuckles in between. The biggest problem with the film, though, would have to be the plot. Pink Panther plots have been mangled messes before, but never to this extent. There's so much political intrigue and scandal involved that it's hard to figure out what anyone's motivation in, even during the climax.

Herbert Lom is back for his final performance as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, now more sane and subdued. Burt Kwouk is also back reprising his reoccurring role as Kato, the late Clouseau's humble servant. Disguise master Professor Balls, played in the most recent films by Harvey Korman, is now played by Graham Stark, a friend of Sellers who appeared in different roles in many of the films. These performances almost make the movie feel like a valid part of the series.

Henry Mancini's score, as in all of the films, is the highlight, and Bobby McFerrin's performance of the theme music is perfect.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, don't buy it..... February 20, 2006
Okay, so I may be one of the few that enjoyed this movie. I did not have high expectations and knew it would be silly. It did make me laugh. So, I was so happy when Isaw that this was available on DVD. In this day and age of technology, it is completely unacceptable to produce a DVD with such poor sound quality. I don't know why it is, but I constantly had to raise and lower the volume. I have not had this problem with any other DVD, so this was a real disappointment for me. I bought this DVD for under $10 and I still say it isn't worth $5! The sound is horrible. If you have not seen this film and you are a fan of the actor or the series, then rent it, and you won't feel like a sucker.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgust from a Benigni lover March 18, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I am a great fan of Roberto Benigni, and own most of his films, including, unfortunately, this one. The plot could only be described as ponderous at best, the sight gags were mediocre, and the actors, who were obviously trying hard to bring this out of the muck, could not do the impossible. Benigni is only at his best when he writes and directs and when he can perform in his native Italian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good! December 7, 2006
A Kid's Review
This is not the best Pink Panther film that I've seen. I've seen The Pink Panther, A Shot In The Dark, Inspector Clouseau, The Return Of The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Revenge Of The Pink Panther, Trail of The Pink Panther, Curse Of The Pink Panther, this one, and The Pink Panther {2006}. This is my 9th favorite Pink Panther Film. It is not as good as The Pink Panther Strikes Again. It has a great cast. Roberto Benigni as Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli, Herbert Lom as Police Commisioner Charles Dreyfus, Claudia Cardinale as Maria Gambrelli, Shabana Azmi as the Queen, Debrah Farentino as Princess Yasmin, Robert Davi as Hans Zarba, Burt Kwouk as Cato Fong, Graham Stark as Professor Auguste Balls, Oliver Cotton as King Haroak, and Dermot Crowley as Francois Duval. That was my review.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next generation of funny.... February 21, 2006
I did see this movie and to be honest with you, the critics were a little too harsh. Cause, this movie was actually quite good. Basically, when a vacationing princess is kidnapped. It's up to Chief Inspector Dreyfus to find her. At first, Dreyfus doesn't have any luck. That is until he runs into the kidnappers, almost gets killed. But, is saved by a local bumbling police officer named Jacques. When Dreyfus stops by the local policeman's home and meets his mother. Dreyfus is shocked to learn that the policeman is the son of none other than Maria Gambrelli. (The woman from the movie "A Shot in The Dark"). Then Dreyfus is even more shocked to learn that Maria's son is infact the son of Jacques Clouseau!!!! Now, Dreyfus realize that only the way he'll find the princess. Is with Jacques Gambrelli's help, who does take after his father in everyway.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
When Peter Sellers, alias Inspector Clouseau died (8th Semptember 1925 - 24th July 1980), Blake Edwards sould have ended the famous Panther movies, with Sellers as the star. But the latest one -"Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)" was surrely the worst part of the series, something that iven Peter Sellers the same didn't wanted throught. And sow we are in 1993, ten years after the disastrous "Curse of the P.P." and the star of the new film is Inspector Jacques Clouseau's illegitimate son Jacques Gambrelli (in the running time of the film, his name will change to Jacques Clouseau Jr.). But ecxept that, we also see another lovable friend from the *good old days*: Yes, we are talking for Commisioner Charles Dreyfus, played by Herbert Lom to perfection. And Burt Kwouk as Kato is also back, but not wait from him the ussual "snick-attacks". Graham Stark as Professor Balls is reapeting much of his lines in "Revenge of the P.P (1978)", but with a wonderfull way.
Any way, I must say that Edwards has made one of the better sequels in the lovable to all of as (the P.P. fans) Pink Panther Series (1963-1993).
In memory of Peter Sellers, the one and only Inspector Jacques Clouseau (1925-1980).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cant watch this with out thinking about life is beautiful
Published 21 days ago by pat
5.0 out of 5 stars In the madcap zany style of Sellers Inspector Clouseau
Funny slapstick! I only wish Benigni had made a sequel. This helped take the sting out of loosing Sellers.
Published 1 month ago by G. Searles
4.0 out of 5 stars Being a Blake Edwards film it kept true to the PP format and was...
Benigni is as always hilarious in this film. Being a Blake Edwards film it kept true to the PP format and was brilliantly silly (which perfectly suits Benigni), as opposed to just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this completes the entire pink panther collection glad to have it
Published 3 months ago by James P. Young
2.0 out of 5 stars Running On Empty
This movie looks like it started out as a serious attempt to revive the Pink Panther series, then in mid-stream everyone decided that it wasn't going to work out, so they just... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Long Tom
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par
Let's face it: no one can compare to Peter Sellers. But they could have done a better job in this movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephen K. Mercer
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a "bimp" of the former Panther
There were true moments of flashing humor, but on the whole the poor writing pulled down the skill of a very funny actor, Roberto Begnigni. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fay Yoder
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigcat
I love Roberto Benigni. He is one of the funniest man alive. As a Pink Panther he carries the Peter Seller torch very well.
Published 13 months ago by bigcat
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Trail & Curse Teach Edwards Anything? I Guess Not.
Note: I saw this movie for free via XFinity On Demand.

After Trail & Curse, it seems that Edwards still hadn't learnt his lesson, and went back to making another Pink... Read more
Published 18 months ago by HAMLET
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
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