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The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Margaret Rutherford , Ron Moody , Richard Lester  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff, Terry-Thomas
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Writers: Leonard Wibberley, Michael Pertwee
  • Producers: Walter Shenson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZBVN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mouse on the Moon" on IMDb

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The natives are growing restless in the tiny country of Grand Fenwick! There's no indoor plumbing, no money to pay for it and no one's had a hot bath in ages! Facing a winter without warm water, the conniving Prime Minister (Ron Moody, Oliver!) convinces the U.S. government to give him a million-dollar grant by promising to use it for Grand Fenwick's space program. There's just one pesky problem: Grand Fenwick doesn't have a space program! But when a local crackpot professor discovers that the region's wine makes radical rocket fuel, the little nation determines to blast its wayinto the space race and land on the moon before the U.S., Russia or anyone else! Get readyfor a spoof on space travel and political plotting that's so funny, it'll have you howling at the moon! Full of "hilarious slapstick moments" (Boxoffice), this lunar laugh-riot is a "delightful farce" (The Film Daily) that's out of this world!

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Fenwick Takes Center-stage in the World Again! October 17, 2005
By M. Hart
In 1959, a hilarious Cold War-inspired film entitled "The Mouse that Roared" was produced about a fictional tiny country named "The Duchy of Grand Fenwick", which is no ordinary country. First, it's the smallest country in the world (about 15 square miles). Second, it's the only English-speaking country in continental Europe (located in the French Alps). Third, its primary source of revenue is its wine. When a California winery made a cheap knock-off of Grand Fenwick's wine and reduced the nation's only source of revenue, Grand Fenwick declared war on the U.S. and won! The result: the California winery stopped producing the cheap knock-off and Grand Fenwick kept a brilliant scientist, Professor Alfred Kokintz (David Kossoff, 1919-2005), that they captured in the U.S.

With the success of "The Mouse that Roared", a sequel was produced 4 years later in 1963 and entitled "The Mouse on the Moon". Unlike the first film that had Peter Sellers (1925-1980) playing three of the main characters as in the original 1959 film, each of these characters were played by separate actors: Grand Duchess Gloriana XII (Margaret Rutherford, 1892-1972), Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy (Ron Moody) and his nephew Vincent Mountjoy (Bernard Cribbins). Only David Kossoff reprised his role as Professor Kokintz.

Focusing again the Cold War between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, the story for "The Mouse on the Moon" begins with Prime Minister Mountjoy coming up with what he believes will be a brilliant way to get a loan from the U.S.: trick the U.S. into thinking that Grand Fenwick wants to start a space program, when in reality, he just wants the money to have indoor plumbing installed in Grand Fenwick's castle. The U.S.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even funnier than "The Mouse That Roared" October 3, 2003
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I bought this movie based on reviews I read here on and wasn't disappointed. I watched "The Mouse That Roared" first and thought it was funny, but in my opinion this movie is even better.
Magaret Rutherford is great as the clueless Grand Duchess, I wish there was more of her in the movie.
Ron Moody does a great job as the prime minister who is hung up on getting running hot water for his bathtub at any cost.
There was a small take off on Dr. Strangelove that I liked. Two ex-German scientists one for the US and one for the USSR give their boss a Nazi salute before catching themselves.
I had some good laughs throughout the movie. If you liked "The Mouse That Roared" I'm sure you'll like this movie.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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A superior sequel to "The Mouse That Roared" where Prime Minister Bobo (a manic and hilarious Ron Moody)cons both Russia and the USA into sending Grand Fenwick space research funds and equipment that he can recycle into a plumbing system for the castle. Then the scientist from the first movie actually heads for the moon in a Jules Vern-ish Victorian space ship using the Grand Fenwick wine crop as rocket fuel. Lester and Shenson made this film right before they teamed for HARD DAYS NIGHT and the dry British wit is very apparent. Margaret Rutherford even says a line that John Lennon would say in HDN.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful satire of the Cold War December 28, 2003
One of my favorite comedies from back when I was a kid (and they used to show old films like this on broadcast TV...) One of those rare instances in which a sequel to a cult film is still fun enough to make it on its own merits, despite losing the original lead actor. This is the followup to the kooky Peter Sellers classic, "The Mouse That Roared," returning us to Duchy of Grand Fenwick, an eccentric European backwater that makes Lichtenstein seem like the Ottoman Empire. Sellers is gone, but the farce remains, as the Grand Fenwickians inadvertently enter the Cold War space race, with the US, USSR and UK all falling over themselves to try and either control or subvert the tiny country's absurdly rickety space program. There are fine character bits, with Ron Moody and Margaret Rutherford starring, respectively, as Grand Fenwick's prime minister and queen, but what makes this film an enduring classic is how deftly it satirizes the already-farcical propaganda wars between America and the Soviet Union (that Great Britain really factored in as a "player" in the Kennedy-era Cold War is a quaint, Bond-ian affectation...) A genuinely funny film that stands on its own dramatically, but which is also a priceless snapshot of the times it was made in. Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1962 April 15, 2010
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Unless you are at least fifty-five, most people will likely miss some of the topical comical references in this 1962 movie.

If you are living in 1962, here are some things that you are most likely aware of.

It is the early days of the space age. The first two satellites - Russia's Sputnik 1 and 2 - to orbit the Earth were launched five years ago. Sputnik 2 carried the first animal to go into space: a dog named Laika. So little was known at the time about the effects of space travel on human beings that animals were used initially to learn if there were any show stoppers. The Soviet Union used dogs.

Last April, the first man was launched into space aboard the Russian Vostok 1. His name was Yuri Gagarin. He flew a single orbit around the Earth and landed safely. One month later, U.S. President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech committing the United States to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely. The project was called Apollo. The race to the Moon was on.

Last August, the Soviets built a wall separating East and West Berlin.

And lastly, there is a subculture in some cities known as 'beatniks': young people who reject society.

Double-sided disc. On one side of the disc is the Full Screen version. On the flip side is the Widescreen version; however, it is formatted in letterbox designed for old TV screens. When you view the widescreen side of the disc on a flat-panel wide-screen TV, you will see a small widescreen picture in the middle of your screen. To fill the screen on my TV (Sony), I had to select: 'Screen', 'Wide Mode', 'Zoom'.

Picture (DVD): Good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mouse on The Moon -- rip-roaring political science fiction-comedy...
This rip-roaring riotously funny sequel to "The Mouse That Roared" (1959), in spite of the absence of Peter Sellers, is a prime example of a side to the space race that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Don E. Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland Performances
This satirical farce was topical but did not age well as really great movies do. Consider "Dr. Strangelove" "The Lady Killers" "Kind Hearts and Coronets"... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Saw this as a kid who was allowed to stay up late and watch tv. As an adult, we all know a character as portrayed in the movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouse on the Moon is a Good Sequel to The Mouse that Roared.
In Mouse on the Moon Margaret Rutherford proves to be a great comedienne. I love her comments about "that nasty tin thing". Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Swartz
3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Cup Of Tea II
This movie is a sequel to the movie The Mouse That Roared. I feel this movie to be in the same vein as the other Mouse movie-highly rated by critics and audiences that went to the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tony Marquise Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mouse on the Moon
I enjoy anything with Margaret Rutherford. i don't think anyone can beat British made comedies. Always excellent casting and clever wit.
Published 11 months ago by Charlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute sequel to the Mouse that Roared
I saw this years ago and was glad to find it available now in DVD. Enjoyed it now just as I did years ago.
Published 16 months ago by John Ramos III
3.0 out of 5 stars lightweight entertainment
"Mouse on the Moon" is a lightweight comedy with intermittent laughs. It is cute and mildly entertaining. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ramsey Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great sequel
A bit disappoint in this one, not as much fun as "The Mouse That Roared". Would have been better if the original cast, mainly Peter Sellers was in it.
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mouse on The Moon
Absolutely delightful! Just as I remember the movie from many years ago on television! A first class digital version of this classic comedy!
Published 20 months ago by J. W. Mcmanus
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