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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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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, David Niven, Joanna Lumley
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Studio: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Darkhorse86 on July 27, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
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.

Darkhorse86
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on 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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bmgeorge@pacbell.net on September 24, 1999
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The Trail of the Pink Panther is, yes, a bit of a jumbled mess. However, the one substantial redeeming quality about the film (which gives it a rating of "3") is the oppurtunity for the viewer to catch a glimpse of what "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" produced six years prior, might have really looked like before the film editors or possibly Blake Edwards himself, got to it. 80% of the scenes with Peter Sellers in this movie were originally intended for "Strikes", or so I've been told, and if the audience member does a little "cut and paste" footwork, s/he can determine the exact location in "Strikes" where MOST (but not all) of the Sellers sequences in "Trail" occur. Some of them are hilarious - the long scene with Harvey Korman for example ("...and I want THAT nose") - or the bit about the "mess-aaage". Others are long and tedious to sit through.
I suppose that if someone were really interested and possessed two video taping machines, one could make a copy of the REAL "Strikes Again" by lifting scenes from "Trail" and placing them where they were meant to belong in "Strikes"!!! Someone recently informed me that the original plot for "The PP Strikes Again" included the theft of the diamond, which would account for the other Sellers scenes in this one which make reference to the famous Diamond.
The second half is rather boring, but there are some humorous comments made by the aging characters.
The end sequence during the closing credits is the best collection of Clouseau scenes probably ever assembled in one place.
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Faulty review at agonybooth.com 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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