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Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

Peter Sellers , David Niven , Blake Edwards  |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, David Niven, Joanna Lumley
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One would have thought that the death of Peter Sellers in 1980 would spell the end of the Pink Panther series but Blake Edwards was able to utilize leftover footage from previous Panther efforts to create TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER. Sellers once again stars as the ineptly heroic Inspector Clouseau who is assigned to investigate when the fabulous Pink Panther diamond is again stolen from the country of Lugash. While flying to England for an important meeting with Scotland Yard Clouseau's plane mysteriously disappears over the Atlantic arousing speculation about the detective. Clouseau's past is dug up by French television reporter Marie Jouvet (Joanna Lumley) who interviews many of the people whose lives the bungling detective has touched--in more ways than one--over the years including Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) Clouseau's former wife now Lady Lytton (Capucine) and of course the incomparable Kato (Burt Kwouk). In the course of her research Jouvet manages to unearth Clouseau's father who not surprisingly shares many of his son's most familiar characteristics.System Requirements:Running Time: 97 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG UPC: 027616905970 Manufacturer No: 1006396

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mish-mashed Panther July 27, 2005
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I'm not sure if anybody will ever determine the real motives behind Trail of the Pink Panther (is it a cash cow or a tribute to Peter Sellers?) but there's definitely no denying that this is a weird, daft mess of a movie.

As is well-known, Blake Edwards managed to fake the appearance of his late star by taking a batch of Sellers/Clouseau footage that was left on the cutting room floor and matching these together with new scenes. This is obviously a bad idea and it shows; the first 45 mintues is a jumbled hash but I did like some of the indivdual Clouseau bits during this time. If you don't mind the mess, the first half should be enjoyable. However at some point, Edwards ran out of useful deleted material so he has Clouseau "vanish" and the rest of the movie acts as a Sellers tribute. Marie Jouvet, a reporter trying to figure out where Clouseau might be, interviews characters from earlier movies and these interviews bits are used to spolight Clouseau scenes from these movies. The tribute half is not that interesting to be honest and leads nowhere. Joanna Lumley isn't a very good leading actress and this doesn't help matters. In a real bizzare twist, David Niven, playing Sir Charles Litton again, was terminally ill when he did his scenes and couldn't speak well. His voice is dubbed but the voiceover sounds nothing like Niven at all.

I wouldn't recommend Trail unless you're a die-hard Sellers fan. If that's you, just watch the first half for the Clouseau bits and then shut off the tape when Clouseau vanishes.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why, why why? January 19, 2004
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Way back before DVD's made deleted scenes and outtakes must-see experiences for many, Blake Edwards patched together a "new" Panther film from scenes left over from previous films. These scenes would have been great extras on DVDs for other Panther movies. Some of them are quite funny in an outtake kind of way. However, there's no way that this patchwork constitutes a real movie. And the half-hearted attempt at making this a "tribute" to Sellers in the credits comes across as exceptionally false when one considers that Edwards continued to make two dreadful Panther films without Sellers.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Hope You Enjoy The 3,000 Pounds Of Jell-O! July 14, 2004
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Some people have entertained this as a tribute to Peter Sellers, and I don't want to judge the motives of Blake Edwards and crew, but for the record I am highly suspect when it is asserted that this wasn't a quick money grab.
The first part of the film is a rehash of some scenes from earlier "Panther" movies and outtakes cleverly edited to try to resemble a story. The truth be told, there are some individually hilarious clips in the first half, which is why I gave the film two stars.
Hands down the best scene in the movie involves a nightmare that Herbert Lom has regarding a birthday present from Clouseau, and his attempts to swim in it. In fact, the only truly great moments in the film all star Lom, the most gifted of any of the "Panther" co-stars. I was also amused that the name of Hercule's (Seller's friend and regular of the series, Graham Stark) boat was "The Moth", of course pronounced "Muuuth" as homage to Sellers.
The second half (after Clouseau's plane disappears...) is devoted to annoyingly self-important reporter Marie Jouvet, played by the pretty but untalented Joanna Lumley, looking for clues about Clouseau's disappearance. She takes the opportunity to interview Dreyfus and Cato, and as well as Sir Charles and Lady Litton (David Niven and the late Capucine, who, the back story reveals are now married), and most embarrassingly of all Clouseau's "father" and nanny. The scene with Clouseau, Senior and "Nanna" is utterly painful to watch and is nothing but a bad caricature of Sellers. The childhood flashbacks which follow are even more wretched, particularly the dismal "Good, Bad, and the Ugly" parody of Clint Eastwood with a cap gun.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Farwell To The One and Only Clouseau September 19, 2003
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Trail of the Pink Panther is a very misunderstood movie.It has been slashed by both critics and viewers as one of the worst comedies of all time, being nothing but a collection of previously unseen footage of old Panther movies, and regular characters talking about Inspector Clouseau,from Commissioner Dreyfuss,the faithful Cato,to even the ex Mrs Clouseau!Surely if this film is watched on its own, without being a fan of the Panther series then it will not only be a disappointing but empty,weak and plotless. But first and foremost this film is an ode to one of the greatest giants of comedy, Peter Sellers, done after his untimely death, even though it might look like the film makers were also cashing in on the Clouseau name, to try to milk every dollar of this franchise after its hero's demise.But nonetheless, there is no doubt that it is a tribute as well..a thank you note on celluloid, you can feel it when Herbet Lom or Burt Kwouk remember Clouseau in the film, it is also a personal remembrance from them to Sellers. Trail of Pink Panther should be seen more as maybe an extra bonus material/deleted scenes or special features(using DVD language), and it will be looked at and judged differently.Watching all the Panther series and all the joy that Sellers and Edwards have provided us over the years is similar to a delicious complete meal with dessert, but then the temptation to have a small piece of chocolate afterwards will not go amiss. Trail of Pink Panther is exactly like this piece of chocolate, you've had your fill but there remains a very small place still for it.
If you have not seen any or some of Panther series, then by all means do not watch Trail of Pink Panther, but if you are a fan of Sellers and Clouseau then this film should complete your collection, a personal tribute from you to that genuis of an actor.
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Faulty review at of this movie!
Perhaps that review is a bit hard on the first half of the movie, but otherwise I think it pegs it pretty well.
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