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Director Blake Edwards ignites a powder keg of laughter in this "delightful" (Box office) caper involving a most inefficient search for France's most inept detective - using the bluntest instruments possible! Featuring David Niven (in his final screen performance) Robert Wagner Herbert Lom Ted Wass and a hilarious cameo by Roger Moore Curse of the Pink Panther overflows with "unadulterated fun" and "naughtiness" (Los Angeles Times)! With Clouseau still missing the French president orders Clouseau's archrival the dangerously deranged Dreyfus (Lom) - to find him. Having no such intentions Dreyfus ingeniously hires the world's worst detective New York Police Department's not-so-finest Clifton Sleigh (Wass) to ensure that Clouseau is never located. But it's beginning to look like his foolproof plan could end up making him look like the fool!System Requirements:Running Time: 110 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG UPC: 027616924650 Manufacturer No: 1008434

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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J28
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I can't imagine having to even TRY to fill Peter Seller's shoes by being the bumbling detective type in a movie with the NAME and namesake of Pink Panther. Ted Wass does a fabulous job of making this role his own.

PEOPLE, he is not TRYING to be Peter Sellers!! Get a clue (or a cleau-a as the case may be)! Wass is brilliant in this movie as the guy who truly can't figure out how he wound up in this situation (and recall please that he wound up in this situation because a computer was created to find a detective EXACTLY like Clouseau who could then find Clouseau...there is a hilarious bit in which everyone inputs their impressions of Clouseau using adjectives like: brilliant, master of disguise, genius and so forth - however Dreyfus DOES NOT WANT another Clouseau on his hands so he sets the computer on OPPOSITE...the hilarious result of course is that he ends up with someone who really is LIKE Clouseau...the opposite of brilliant and genius!!) This bit alone would put Blake Edwards' final tribute to the Pink series up there with the likes of A Shot In the Dark.

No, it isn't "Return" and it doesn't have Peter Sellers who truly was a genius, but it does have the same kind of comic relief that we've come to expect from the Pink Panther movies. The jobs done by Ted Wass, David Niven, and Robert Wagner are more than commendable!

Now, all that said, I won't give away the final "surprise" cameo either, but let me say this: that particular actor was AWFUL in this movie and should have been better schooled in the Clouseau accent and voice (as far as I'm concerned, this is the only Blake Edwards fall-down on the job for this film). That done, the ending would have been brilliant, not the least bit confusing as some have said, and conclusive!
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After watching The Trail Of The Pink Panther, it's hard to imagine that writer-director Blake Edwards could make a worse film. However, he sinks to a new career low with this feeble effort to wring a few more bucks out of the franchise.
Sellers does make brief appearances here via some lines of dialogue from earlier films looped over a stand-in who at first appears in shadow in the pre-credits sequence and then wrapped in bandages later on in scenes with a bewigged Joanna Lumley. Clouseau does make a more substantial appearance in the final 30 minutes but is played by....well, let's just say he's played by an actor who is quite well known for having played another iconic character in another famous movie franchise. He gives an embarrassingly unfunny performance and I can only imagine that he owed the director a favour.
The new lead character in this film is Ted Wass as NYC policeman Clifton Sleigh. He's just as inept as Clouseau but Wass handles the pratfalls without the grace and skill that Sellers had. Whatever Wass' shortcomings are as a comic actor he doesn't get a chance to step out of Sellers shadow because this film, like the one preceeding it, concentrates on the search for Clouseau. We see Sleigh visit cast members and sets from previous films just as Joanna Lumley did in the last movie. And yes, David Niven appears again with his voice still dubbed by Rich Little.
Rather than waste any more time and effort writing about this film, I recommend that you avoid this and The Trail Of The Pink Panther and check out much better films like A Shot In The Dark and The Pink Panther Strikes Again. By all means take a look at the final sequel starring Roberto Benigni (The Son Of The Pink Panther) but only for Benigni's performance and to imagine what a new PP series could have been like with Benigni in the lead role and a new production and writing team at the helm.
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Note: I saw this movie for free via XFinity On Demand.

I saw this film today because...I guess I wanted to see it out of curiousity. After the abysmally dreadful Trail Of The Pnk Panther (for which Mr. Sellers' widow sued him), for some reason, Blake Edwards decided to make another Pink Panther film, and his idiotic notion is seen in an almost two hour waste of several good actors. There is barely a funny line in the movie, and the only really good bits come in the scenes with David Niven (in what was his last movie; Mr. Niven could barely speak, as he was in the early stages of a disease, which name escapes me now, and was too weak,so his voice was dubbed by a soundalike), Robert Wagner, Capucine, Herbert Lom, Andre M. and Turk Thrust II. And what was that uneccessarily long bit with Sleigh posing as a hooker or a transvestite? Disgusting scene, and thoroughly unneccessary.

Avoid this garbage excuse for a continuation and stick with A Shot In The Dark, The Pink Panther, Return Of The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again & Revenge Of The Pink Panther (though Trail is worth viewing if only to see how Edwards cobbled together deleted scenes from the earlier movies to assemble a "Final" performance from Mr. Sellers, aptly identified as "The one and only Inspector Clouseau."

Rated PG (violence).
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As much as I wanted to like this film I think we should have admitted to ourselves that Peter Sellers and Inspector Jacques Clouseau were both no more. TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER was ingeniously edited from Sellers' outtakes and new footage and would have been a befitting end and homage to the actor and the character. I have to admit that I take this film out once in a while and watch it. There is certain sentimentality by seeing some of the actors from the original PINK PANTHER and A SHOT IN THE DARK reprise their roles here. Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus and Burt Kwouk as Kato are ever present and a comfort to see. However it was a real treat to see David Niven as Sir Charles Lytton, Robert Wagner as George Lytton his nephew and Capucine as Simone the ex-Misses Clouseau. As for the plot of this film it is rather buoyant and sketchy. Ted Wass as Clifton Sleigh a bumbling police officer from America does the best with what material he is given but he really lacks the charm and any clear definition of his character if in fact director Blake Edwards had any intentions of reviving the series with him. There are a few genuinely funny moments but they are too few. There is a surprise ending that you can interpret two different ways but there is no point revealing it here. Besides the cast I also did like the score composed by Henry Mancini. Mancini was a true professional. He never compromised the quality of his music no matter what the merits of the film appeared to be. He actually composed a very good theme for the Clifton Sleigh character. Unfortunately there was no soundtrack to this film issued and so Clifton Sleigh�s theme remains jut a fond memory.
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