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Superb, just not quite that relentless,
This review is from: Revenge of the Pink Panther (DVD)
"Revenge" is one of the better entries in the collection of "Pink Panther" comedies, featuring Peter Sellers as the hapless Jacques Clouseau (who we learn has survived "16 assassination attempts, including 2 from his own boss"). The plot is typically flimsy as Clouseau is apparently killed by a businessman with mafia connections, before investigating his own death and turning up in Hong Kong for the showdown. However, the plot is not the important thing here.
What is important is the quality performances given by everyone involved. Sellers is at his bumbling best, along with Kwouk as Cato (the Chinese manservant who always seems to be on the receiving end of Clouseau's slapstick). Herbert Lom's Dreyfus - apparently cured upon hearing of Clouseau's death - is not given as much airtime as he deserves, but then again he isn't the emphasis of the film either.
It is always hard to pick highlights of a "Pink Panther" film, everyone will have their own favorite pieces. Here are some of my highlights, both from the action and dialogue departments:
Clouseau being attacked by a bondage mistress in his own home - turned into a "Chinese nookie facory" after his death.
Cato's glasses making him knock into everything possible in the hotel in Hong Kong.
Clouseau and Cato chasing each other up and down the stairs while covered in plaster and paint.
Clouseau attempting to answer the phone after this chase and falling down a hole - again.
The appearance of Clouseau - disguised as a priest - at his own funeral, making Dreyfus pitch into the grave.
The finale in Hong Kong and its aftermath.
Dyan Cannon and Sellers upon entering her apartment in the rain: "My God!", "Mine too".
Sellers to the "beautiful woman" he has just picked up: "Do you mean to say that you do carry a gurn?"
Sellers' excuse for blowing a huge trumpet at midnight: "I'm trying to save my life, madam"
"Gesundheit", "I know that, I know that"
Clouseau's ridiculous impression of a mafia don.
"Do you mean to say that he killed a roving transvestite to impress his godfather?"
"Now we are getting somewhere, who is this Phillippe" (it turns out to be the first name of the man they were talking about).
"I knew that you knew that I knew that".
"It is a little overdue for a service..."
In short, a worthy inclusion in the "Pink Panther" canon. Missing the fifth star because the humor is not quite so relentless as in the best ones - a few scenes manage to bog it down.