Trail of the Pink Panther
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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pretty funny movies, if you aren't very bright. I bought it for a friend. He isn't very bright.Published 2 months ago by Bill F
What a sad attempt to cash in on the success of the past. If ever there was more melancholy and nostalgic attempt to duplicate magic of the other films, this is it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by An Innocent Bystander
I love any of the classic pink panther movies... have been building my collection through amazon.com purchases...Published 8 months ago by Dorothy
Great addition to Your peter Sellers/ Pink Panter Collection... Great Packaging ..Special Value... Recommend this Seller..Published 15 months ago by Gerald Shattuck
Another Peter Sellers classic with him as his most famous character, Chief Inspector Clouseau. Worth it for fans of the series- but it will be hard to follow unless you've seen the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Average Joe 51373.1