The Mouse on the Moon

Overview

From Richard Lester, the director of 1980's Superman II and the 1964 A Hard Day's Night, comes this less-successful sequel to the The Mouse that Roared. The Prime Minister of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Ron Moody is in a bind because he has no money to renovate his castle and there is a serious problem with his small country's main export, wine. The stuff tends to explode. So the Prime Minister asks the U.S. for aid to develop space research, knowing full well they are not going to give him money to remodel his ...
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Overview

From Richard Lester, the director of 1980's Superman II and the 1964 A Hard Day's Night, comes this less-successful sequel to the The Mouse that Roared. The Prime Minister of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Ron Moody is in a bind because he has no money to renovate his castle and there is a serious problem with his small country's main export, wine. The stuff tends to explode. So the Prime Minister asks the U.S. for aid to develop space research, knowing full well they are not going to give him money to remodel his castle. Once the U.S. grants a cool million to the country, Russia adds in a used rocket, and things start popping. Like it or not, the Duchy is suddenly involved in space research and contributing to the madness is the discovery that its unique wine makes good rocket fuel.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A very disappointing sequel, The Mouse on the Moon is not improved by the passage of time. In 1963, not only was the precursor, The Mouse That Roared, still fresh in the public's mind, but the whole space race that is being satirized herein was on everyone's minds. Now that it is not so au courant, parts of Moon will seem rather rather foreign to modern audiences. This would be less of a problem if the rest of Moon were better, but it largely is not. Somehow, the wit and charm of Leonard Wibberley's novel are totally missing, despite a surface similarity between the film and the book; but the film lacks heart and soul, and even worse, humor. There are plenty of attempts at humor, but they almost all fall flat. True, when Margaret Rutherford is around, a few laughs are bound to bubble forth; but Rutherford, despite being top billed, is not around nearly enough. Instead, Ron Moody is given far too much time, and instructed to go far too far during that excess of time. Bernard Cribbens similarly overacts to a shameful degree, and if David Kosoff is better, he's still not good. Terry-Thomas is the same as usual, which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on one's feelings about the actor. Richard Lester's direction is scattershot. It has movement and kineticism, but manages to lack energy and rhythm. It also far too often kills the jokes it is trying to set up. Lester would do much better work in other films, sometimes reaching brilliant comic highs. Suffice it to say that this is very much not the case here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2015
  • UPC: 883904304371
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 86,426

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margaret Rutherford Grand Duchess Gloriana
Bernard Cribbens Vincent Mountjoy
Ron Moody Mountjoy
David Kossoff Prof. Kokintz
Terry-Thomas Spender
June Ritchie Cynthia
Roddy McMillan Benter
John Le Mesurier British Delegate
Michael Trubshawe British Aide
John Phillips Bracewell
Tom Aldredge Wendover
Peter Sallis Russian Delegate
Jan Conrad Russian Aide
Hugh Lloyd Plumber
Mario Fabrizi Valet
Archie Duncan American General
Richard Marner Russian Air Force General
John Bluthal Von Neidel
Clive Dunn Bandleader
Kevin Scott American Journalist
Guy Deghy German Scientist
Eric Barker Member
Allan Cuthbertson Simon
Frankie Howerd Fenwickian
Gerald Anderson Members of Whitehall Conference
Robin Bailey 5th Member
Ed Bishop 1st U.S. Astronaut
Bill Edwards American Astronaut
Laurence Herder 1st Russian Astronaut
Harvey Hall Russian Cosmonaut
Vincent Ball Pilot
George Chisholm Wine Waiter
Michael Crawford
Larry Cross
Stringer Davis 1st Councillor
Frank Duncan News Announcer
Lucy Griffiths
Murray Kash
Bruce Lacey Bandleader
Frank Lieberman American Civilian
Stuart Saunders Sergeant
Graham Stark Standard Bearer
John Wood Countryman
Gordon Phillott Civil Servant
Paul Cole
Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
George Blackler Makeup
Trevor Bond Animator
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Ron Grainer Score Composer
John Howell Production Designer
Bill Lenny Editor
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Pertwee Screenwriter
Walter Shenson Producer
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