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Inspector Clouseau

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The world's favorite Pink Panther super-sleuth is back and at it again in this outrageous comedy caper, starring Alan Arkin as the beloved but brainless Inspector Clouseau. When a nation's in trouble, criminal masterminds don't stand a chance against the French detective with a knack for recklessinvestigation. Tension is building at Number Ten Downing Street when it's discovered that the money stolen in the Great Train Robbery is merely operating capital for a bigger criminal plan. Never to fear, Clouseau is here! The bumbling detective sets out on a clumsy crusade to catch the crooks.But the case takes a riotous twist when Clouseau's face is seen masquerading from Swiss bank to Swiss bank for the heist of the century. Will Clouseau manage to save the day, or will the case of mistaken identity end his crime fighting forever?

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  • Actors: Alan Arkin, Frank Finlay, Delia Boccardo, Barry Foster, Patrick Cargill
  • Directors: Bud Yorkin
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Frank Waldman, Maurice Richlin, Tom Waldman
  • Producers: Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCBCDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inspector Clouseau" on IMDb

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Not too long ago I heard about a Pink Panther movie titled Inspector Clouseau (1968), released between A Shot in the Dark (1964) and Return of the Pink Panther (1975), and featuring Alan Arkin (instead of Peter Sellers) in the title role, and my instincts told me it couldn't possibly be any good. When it was finally released on DVD, I was a bit apprehensive to pick it up, given my affinity for the late, great Mr. Sellers, particularly in his Pink Panther roles, but I decided to give it a shot, and you know what? I didn't hate it...actually, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would...written by Frank and Tom Waldman, both of whom were responsible for the screenplay for the 1968 film The Party (a most excellent film featuring Sellers), and directed by Bud Yorkin ("All in the Family", "Sanford and Son"), the film features, as I mentioned, Alan Arkin (Catch-22, Little Murders) as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Also appearing is Delia Boccardo (The Adventurers), Patrick Cargill (Carry On Jack), Frank Finlay (A Study in Terror), Barry Foster (Frenzy), Clive Francis (Romeo and Juliet), and Michael Ripper (X the Unknown, The Brides of Dracula), a great character actor who appeared in a large of horror films released by Hammer Studios from the 1950s into the 1970s.

The story begins in England, as the authorities are busy investigating a large scale robbery that netted the gang involved some two and a half million pounds, which is believed will be used to finance an even larger heist. Due to security leaks on the force, the decision is made to bring in an outsider in that of the famous French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau. During an interview with a prisoner (who subsequently escapes), Clouseau gets a tip on the leader of gang, a mysterious individual named Johnny Rainbow.
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I first saw this movie many years ago on late night television. It looks like it was done on a much more modest budget than any of the Blake Edwards films. Despite the Clouseau character, this isn't nearly as madcap as it should have been, and often comes across as a made-for-TV 60s comedy. Alan Arkin's done much better work than this and to his credit does his best to make the character his own rather than an impersonation. Die-hard fans of the series will probably want to see this movie for the sake of completeness. But without Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini is there any reason to have a Pink Panther movie?
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Alan Arkin (like George Lazenby in the James Bond franchise) only got to do it once, but in his interpretation of Inspector Clouseau, he pulls it off memorably. One of the things that makes this movie so good is that Arkin's Clouseau is organic to the movie and so the movie clips along at a decent pace. Sometimes with Peter Sellers, everything came to a stop so that we could watch him trip and twitch and put his foot into buckets and unsuccessfully try out costumes ... until it felt like the movie ran about ten to twenty minutes too long. Peter Sellers could be very funny, but sometimes the gag could be tedious. 'Revenge of the Pink Panther' is my favorite of the Sellers entries because it felt like an editor was employed. -- Another thing that makes the Arkin Clouseau so much fun is that he actually seems to be a little smarter than the Sellers Clouseau. What makes Sellers funny is that he is both stupid and supremely arrogant. We don't necessarily like him, but he is funny. With Arkin, you actually end up liking the guy. There's a sympathetic core to him and this is partly due to the fact that he isn't all that stupid. He has moments of personal insight (like when he rips up his autographed Sean Connery picture because he doesn't deserve it) and it makes Clouseau interesting. -- Arkin is smart here. He doesn't try to be Peter Sellers. This isn't imitation. It may not even be interpretation. What Arkin has to work with is a funny and smart script, wonderful locales and a team (like the Lazenby Bond) who bent over backwards to bring out a Clouseau movie that doesn't have the original Clouseau. What it amounts to is a funny (at times, hilarious) movie that shines in the Pink Panter franchise. This movie isn't just a curiousity. It's a terrific comedy that's worth a look.
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Sellers is unbeatable as the incomperable Inspector Clouseau. It took some tracking, but I finally found this rare video. Alan Arkin with his nasal accent can never mach Peter Sellers'acting abilities, but he would be second in line to make a Pink Panther video.The video has a good plot, with Clouseau tracking all over Europe to track down a ring of bank robbers. Although Inspector Clouseau would be better with Sellers staring in the main role, the video was worth the $20 spent to buy it.
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I am a huge fan of the Pink Panther movies and I have to say that this is by far the worst Pink Panther movie I have ever seen! When Peter Sellers wasn't available to do the next Pink Panther movie they got a new director and Alan Arkin who is a great actor but just not Inspector Clouseau that we've all come to love. In fact, he is so far from the previous Pink Panther incarnations of Inspector Clouseau that it's hard to believe this movie is even related to the Pink Panther series. I rented this for $2.99 and couldn't even finish the movie after 30 minutes it was that bad.
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