Revenge of The Pink Panther


1h 38m 1978
Revenge of The Pink Panther

Brief Synopsis

Inspector Clouseau fakes his own death so he can track the mystery man who's been trying to kill him.

Film Details

Also Known As
Rosa Panterns hämnd
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Adventure
Mystery
Sequel
Release Date
1978
Distribution Company
United Artists Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Inspector Clouseau fakes his own death after a failed assasination attempt on his life by French mobster, Philippe Douvier. The bumbling Inspector travels around the world undercover with his man servant, Cato in order to bring the culprits to justice.

Cast

Peter Sellers

Inspector Clouseau

Herbert Lom

Chief Inspector Dreyfus

Robert Loggia

Marchione

Dyan Cannon

Simone Legree

Robert Webber

Philippe Douvier

Burt Kwouk

Cato

Paul Stewart

Scallini

Graham Stark

Dr Auguste Balls

Sue Lloyd

Claude Russo

Tony Beckley

Guy Algo

Valerie Leon

Tanya

Andre Maranne

Sergeant Francois Duval

Alfie Bass

Fernet

Danny Schiller

Cunny

Douglas Wilmer

Police Commissioner

Ferdy Mayne

Dr Laprone

Charles Augins

Vic Vancouver

Elizabeth Welch

Mrs Wu

Anthony Chinn

Chinese Doorman

Kristopher Kum

Chinese Businessman

Maureen Tann

Chinese Lady Of Easy Virtue

Me Me Lai

Chinese Lady Of Easy Virtue

Jacqui Simm

Chinese Lady Of Easy Virtue

Fiesta Mei Ling

Chinese Lady Of Easy Virtue

Adrienne Corri

Therese Douvier

Alec Bregonzi

Douvier'S Boardmember

Arnold Diamond

Douvier'S Boardmember

John G. Heller

Douvier'S Boardmember

David King

Douvier'S Boardmember

Steve Plytas

Douvier'S Boardmember

Fredric Abbot

Douvier'S Soldier

Norman Hartley

Douvier'S Soldier

Paul Antrim

Lookout

John Newbury

President

John Clive

President'S Aide

Brian Jackson

Police Chief

Margaret Anderson

Police Chief'S Wife

Andrew Lodge

Police Sergeant

Henry Mcgee

Officer Bardot

Andrew Sachs

Hospital Inmate

Christine Shaw

Nurse

Julian Orchard

Hospital Clerk

Michael Ward

Real Estate Agent

Maria Charles

Lady Client

Frank Williams

Gentleman Client

Rita Webb

Woman At Window

John Bluthal

Cemetery Guard

John A. Tinn

Mr Chow

Kien Jing

Assistant Manager

Bernie R Hickban

Desk Clerk

John Wyman

Toledo

Haig & Haig

Irvin Allen; Robert Labassiere

Film Details

Also Known As
Rosa Panterns hämnd
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Adventure
Mystery
Sequel
Release Date
1978
Distribution Company
United Artists Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Revenge of the Pink Panther


Thanks to the comedic talents of Peter Sellers, the bumbling, trench coat-wearing Inspector Jacques Clouseau has become a part of our culture. But the Clouseau that we know today almost didn't exist. Peter Sellers was a last minute replacement for Peter Ustinov in The Pink Panther (1963). When Sellers took the role, he and director Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961) rewrote the character adding in the slapstick comedy.

Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) is the fifth film in the series and is highlighted by some colorful on-location filming in Hong Kong and France. In this installment, the head of an international drug ring, Philippe Douvier (Robert Webber), decides to kill Inspector Clouseau in order to assert his power. When another man is mistakenly killed in Clouseau's place, all of France mourns the loss of their national hero. And since everyone believes he is dead, the real Clouseau can't convince anyone of his identity and is locked up in a mental institution. Once he escapes, Clouseau encounters Simone Legree (Dyan Cannon), Douvier's jilted mistress. With both their lives in danger, Clouseau and Legree head to Hong Kong to trap Douvier.

The plot of Revenge of the Pink Panther gives Sellers ample opportunity to show off his comedic genius. As the New York Times described it, "Horrendous puns, slapstick gags and disguises are the material of the comedy that, for no particular purpose that I can think of, has Clouseau, at one point and another, masquerade as a woman, a peg-legged sailor who carries an inflatable rubber parrot on his shoulder, and as Toulouse-Lautrec."

In Michael Sellers' biography of his father, he remembers the excitement surrounding the first public screening of Revenge of the Pink Panther. United Artists threw a huge party in Hawaii for columnists and critics from around the world and everyone received royal treatment. According to Michael Sellers, "Every hotel room in Hawaii was taken and flowers, fruit and gifts awaited each guest. Dad came into Hawaii as though it was his own kingdom." One of the ways Peter Sellers' children entertained themselves in Hawaii was by giving steak to a stray cat and her five kittens and putting it on the bill for United Artists.

According to Roger Lewis in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Sellers came to depend heavily upon his instincts and imagination for his characters. If the inspiration for a scene he was to improvise didn't come to him immediately, he had trouble. "One of the saddest, maddest exemplifications of this happened during Revenge of the Pink Panther. The idea was for Clouseau and Cato to enter a nightclub, disguised in zoot suits and Afro dreadlocks. 'Peter,' says Blake Edwards, 'was then supposed to come out with a lot of what Clouseau thought was very hip black street lingo and, of course, screw it up. Peter absolutely couldn't get it. That made him very angry and resulted in a very unpleasant day on the set.'" The following day Sellers tried it again, but still couldn't get it. Edwards had to eventually cut the scene.

When Revenge of the Pink Panther was released, it was predictably held up for comparison against earlier entries in the series. A Variety reviewer commented that the film "isn't the best of the continuing film series, but Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers on a slow day are still well ahead of most other comedic filmmakers." Unfortunately, just two years after the release of Revenge of the Pink Panther, Peter Sellers died from a heart attack at the age of 54. The star's death, however, did not put an end to the popular film series. Director Blake Edwards put together footage of Sellers for the 1982 film Trail of the Pink Panther. The most recent film in the series, Son of the Pink Panther, was released in 1993 and stars Roberto Benigni as Jacques Clouseau, Jr.

Director/Producer: Blake Edwards
Screenplay: Ron Clark, Blake Edwards, Frank Waldman
Cinematography: Ernest Day
Art Direction: Benjamin Fernandez, John Siddall
Music: Henry Mancini
Cast: Peter Sellers (Chief Inspector Clouseau), Herbert Lom (Chief Inspector Dreyfus), Burt Kwouk (Cato), Dyan Cannon (Simone Legree), Robert Webber (Philippe Douvier), Robert Loggia (Marchione), Paul Stewart (Julio Scallini), Tony Beckley (Algo), Ferdy Mayne (Dr. Laprone), Adrienne Corri (Therese Douvier), Alfie Bass (Fernet).
C-99m. Letterboxed.

by Deborah Looney

Revenge Of The Pink Panther

Revenge of the Pink Panther

Thanks to the comedic talents of Peter Sellers, the bumbling, trench coat-wearing Inspector Jacques Clouseau has become a part of our culture. But the Clouseau that we know today almost didn't exist. Peter Sellers was a last minute replacement for Peter Ustinov in The Pink Panther (1963). When Sellers took the role, he and director Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961) rewrote the character adding in the slapstick comedy. Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) is the fifth film in the series and is highlighted by some colorful on-location filming in Hong Kong and France. In this installment, the head of an international drug ring, Philippe Douvier (Robert Webber), decides to kill Inspector Clouseau in order to assert his power. When another man is mistakenly killed in Clouseau's place, all of France mourns the loss of their national hero. And since everyone believes he is dead, the real Clouseau can't convince anyone of his identity and is locked up in a mental institution. Once he escapes, Clouseau encounters Simone Legree (Dyan Cannon), Douvier's jilted mistress. With both their lives in danger, Clouseau and Legree head to Hong Kong to trap Douvier. The plot of Revenge of the Pink Panther gives Sellers ample opportunity to show off his comedic genius. As the New York Times described it, "Horrendous puns, slapstick gags and disguises are the material of the comedy that, for no particular purpose that I can think of, has Clouseau, at one point and another, masquerade as a woman, a peg-legged sailor who carries an inflatable rubber parrot on his shoulder, and as Toulouse-Lautrec." In Michael Sellers' biography of his father, he remembers the excitement surrounding the first public screening of Revenge of the Pink Panther. United Artists threw a huge party in Hawaii for columnists and critics from around the world and everyone received royal treatment. According to Michael Sellers, "Every hotel room in Hawaii was taken and flowers, fruit and gifts awaited each guest. Dad came into Hawaii as though it was his own kingdom." One of the ways Peter Sellers' children entertained themselves in Hawaii was by giving steak to a stray cat and her five kittens and putting it on the bill for United Artists. According to Roger Lewis in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Sellers came to depend heavily upon his instincts and imagination for his characters. If the inspiration for a scene he was to improvise didn't come to him immediately, he had trouble. "One of the saddest, maddest exemplifications of this happened during Revenge of the Pink Panther. The idea was for Clouseau and Cato to enter a nightclub, disguised in zoot suits and Afro dreadlocks. 'Peter,' says Blake Edwards, 'was then supposed to come out with a lot of what Clouseau thought was very hip black street lingo and, of course, screw it up. Peter absolutely couldn't get it. That made him very angry and resulted in a very unpleasant day on the set.'" The following day Sellers tried it again, but still couldn't get it. Edwards had to eventually cut the scene. When Revenge of the Pink Panther was released, it was predictably held up for comparison against earlier entries in the series. A Variety reviewer commented that the film "isn't the best of the continuing film series, but Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers on a slow day are still well ahead of most other comedic filmmakers." Unfortunately, just two years after the release of Revenge of the Pink Panther, Peter Sellers died from a heart attack at the age of 54. The star's death, however, did not put an end to the popular film series. Director Blake Edwards put together footage of Sellers for the 1982 film Trail of the Pink Panther. The most recent film in the series, Son of the Pink Panther, was released in 1993 and stars Roberto Benigni as Jacques Clouseau, Jr. Director/Producer: Blake Edwards Screenplay: Ron Clark, Blake Edwards, Frank Waldman Cinematography: Ernest Day Art Direction: Benjamin Fernandez, John Siddall Music: Henry Mancini Cast: Peter Sellers (Chief Inspector Clouseau), Herbert Lom (Chief Inspector Dreyfus), Burt Kwouk (Cato), Dyan Cannon (Simone Legree), Robert Webber (Philippe Douvier), Robert Loggia (Marchione), Paul Stewart (Julio Scallini), Tony Beckley (Algo), Ferdy Mayne (Dr. Laprone), Adrienne Corri (Therese Douvier), Alfie Bass (Fernet). C-99m. Letterboxed. by Deborah Looney

Quotes

Oh my God.
- Simone Legree
Mine too.
- Clouseau
Please, boss! I thought you were dead!
- Cato
So! As a tribute to my memory, you open this... this Chinese nookie factory!
- Clouseau
That's so obvious, he's bound to think it's a trap...
- Simone Le Gree
Yes, or it's so obvious that he's bound to think it can't be a trap.
- Philippe Douvier
It's so obvious, it's bound to be a trap.
- Cato
That is why you'll never be a great detective, Cato. It's so obvious that it could not possibly be a trap.
- Clouseau
Now, this time *I'm* going to stand on *your* shoulders!
- Clouseau
What good will that do?
- Cato
Because I'm taller than you are, you fool!
- Clouseau
I'm a little short.
- Clouseau

Trivia

Peter Sellers' final "official" appearance as Inspector Clouseau. The next film, (Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)) consisted of outtakes and unused scenes from previous Pink Panther films.

The voice-over in the trailer for this movie (included on the US DVD release) several times refers to the main character as "Andre Clouseau".

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 19, 1978

Released in United States Summer July 19, 1978