The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980) 1980 PG CC

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Peter Sellers stars as both Scotland Yard detective Nayland Smith and Smith's nemesis, archfiend Dr. Fu Manchu.

Starring:
Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

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My uncle took me to the drive in to see this!
Tabitha C Stewart
In a word, the movie feels uninspired, as if the writer, director, and the actors knew they had to be funny but weren't feeling that way.
R. Brown
The typical tongue and cheek in these kinds of movie is always good to watch and enjoy.
Stephen Hand

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew ulmen on November 12, 2007
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I have been waiting for this to come out again for years, and I hope this is a sign that a DVD is not far off. While yes this movie does have comedy, it also has quite a serious theme in proving you can still run.

Both Nayland Smith and Fu Manchu are climbing in years. Nayland has been broken thanks to his obsession with Fu and now spends his time with his butler and a lawnmower named "Delight" (Parody of Citizen Kane's "Rosebud" maybe?) while Fu sits back in his hide out. An accident (caused by a very familiar person to Pink Panther fans) drives Fu Manchu to open crime again which leads to Nayland being back on his trail.

As the movie goes on you can see an open change in Nayland as the chase is once again resumed and he works to foil Fu Manchu's plot. The ending is a neat twist with both admitting they can't enjoy the hunt without each other.

There are some fun easter eggs in here such as Fu Manchu insisting he be called "Fred", a throwback to the Goon Show which are fun to watch for.

All in all enough comedy to have fun with but also a movie for people who don't like "good vs evil" to be done so by the book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Savage2007 on August 5, 2007
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I've read some less-than-positive reviews on the internet about this final movie in Peter Sellers' career, and I have to respectfully disagree. I saw Fu Manchu when it originally hit theaters back in the 80's, and ever since it's become one of my favorites in the Sellers collection. It's just a LOT of fun to watch, and Peter's amazing talent for creating memorable characters is as evident here as in The Pink Panther Franchise and his other works.

Don't judge this one too harshly - it's a movie that's meant for pure entertainment, not over-analysis. And it delivers! Heck, HELEN MIRREN in a Peter Sellers movie is just one of many reasons to check it out! I've been waiting years for this one to hit DVD, and now that it's at least available to rent on Amazon, maybe DVD isn't too far off!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on November 13, 2010
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Released shortly after Peter Sellers' death, "The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu" (1980) will not be remembered as one of the comic actor's finest achievements. However, it features a priceless Sellers performance. As detective Nayland Smith, he gives a beautifully detailed portrayal - better than his amusing tribute to Dr. Fu Manchu. This hit-and-miss comedy boasts a good cast (notably Helen Mirren as Constable Alice Rage) and vibrant Technicolor cinematography by Jean Tournier. Though critically derided, "Fu Manchu" evokes a "Goon Show" spirit that seems appropriate for a Sellers farewell. The Warner Archive DVD includes a long-overdue widescreen transfer, but no extras.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miracle Max on November 18, 2011
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I have been a Peter Sellers fan for years and had only heard of "The Fiendish Plot Of Dr. Fu Manchu" through researching his filmography. I knew that it was his last film and that it was released after his death and because of this fact, I knew I had to have it. When I learned it had finaly been released onto DVD I snatched it up fast.

I give Mr. Sellers final film 5 stars as he delivers 100% of his unique acting style and delivers to us the brilliant characters that we are used to seeing from him.

The film is fun and full of wonderful imagery from the opening scene to the final shot. The story line is totaly whacky and easy to follow. Every scene is extremely enjoyable to watch due to Peter's unique way of delivering himself on screen.There is plenty of slap-stick comedy and set designs that you will only ever see in a Peter Sellers film.

I highly recommend this film to any Peter Sellers fan and am confident that you will be delighted to watch it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Hunt on February 7, 2013
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How can you beat the combination of Peter Sellers, Dame Helen Mirren, and Peter Sellers? In this movie Sellers plays dual rolls as both the protagonist and antagonist, ripping on the old Charlie Chan movies of the 40's. Fu Manchu (Sellers) is aging and needs to find the ingredients for a potion guaranteeing immortality. It's up to former Scotland Yard detective Nayland Smith (also Sellers) and Officer Rage (Mirren) to thwart his evil plans of world domination.
Don't confuse this movie with Sellers in the Pink Panther franchise, however, this movie's humor is quite different but never the less enjoyable for the entire family. Do keep an eye out for a cameo appearance of Burt Kwouk who played Cato in the Pink Panther Movies. The movie is rated PG for language (Sid Caesar is a bit vulgar as the ugly American).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Snu Snu on February 18, 2011
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I saw this when it came out in the theaters and liked it then. Watching it through 21st century eyes, I can see how it comes off as politically incorrect to a degree, but it doesn't offend me in the slightest. If you are a die hard Peter Sellers fan, I'd say it deserves a look. Helen Mirren is a riot! It's not a thinker, just silliness and tongue-in-cheek British humor. I am glad that this is finally being made available. This DVD wont play on all systems, so read the details before you buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott on August 12, 2011
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Fiendish Plot Of Fu Manchu

Don't miss this! The last dual Quirky performances of Peter Sellers!
Without this your collection is incomplete. This is an excellent widescreen
transfer and a joy to watch. Includes the dance rendition of "Good Ship Lollypop"
by Helen Mirrin that will immortalize her. A must have for any Sellers fan.
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