Pink Panther

The Pink Panther

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Director: Shawn Levy

Cast: Shawn Levy, Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno

     
 

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The world's most inept detective returns to the screen in this modern slapstick comedy. France's come-from-behind victory in the World Cup soccer championships turns tragic when the team's coach, Yves Gulant (Jason Statham), is murdered during a post-game celebration. Gulant's girlfriend, pop star Xania (…  See more details below

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The world's most inept detective returns to the screen in this modern slapstick comedy. France's come-from-behind victory in the World Cup soccer championships turns tragic when the team's coach, Yves Gulant (Jason Statham), is murdered during a post-game celebration. Gulant's girlfriend, pop star Xania (Beyoncé Knowles), was standing by his side as he was felled by a poisoned dart, and in the chaos that followed a diamond ring he gave her was stolen, which held one of the world's largest and most valuable jewels, known as "the Pink Panther." The media and the public demand that the killer be found out and brought to justice, and Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline) of the Paris Police pledges to put his best man on the case. However, somehow the astoundingly clumsy but consistently lucky Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) gets the assignment instead, and with his assistant, Gendarme Gilbert Ponton (Jean Reno), in tow, Clouseau follows a dizzying trail of clues from Paris to New York City as he attempts to recover the rare diamond and find the villains who killed Gulant. An updated variant on the Inspector Clouseau comedies that helped make Peter Sellers a major star in the United States, The Pink Panther also stars Emily Mortimer, Kristin Chenoweth, Roger Rees, and William Abadie; leading man Steve Martin also wrote the film's screenplay.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The superstar coach of France's World Cup soccer team is murdered before a stadium full of celebrating fans. The fabulous Pink Panther diamond on his finger has been stolen. Who ya gonna call? Enter, stumbling, Jacques Clouseau, the inspector without a clue. The notion of reviving Blake Edwards's mostly classic Pink Panther comedies, with Steve Martin stepping in for Peter Sellers, raised eyebrows when it was first announced. And an initial delay in its theatrical release from fall 2005 to spring 2006 had critics whispering that the film might be a bomb. It's certainly not; in fact, Martin arguably hasn't been this flat-out funny in a movie since Bowfinger. His Clouseau may not be as intimately observed as Sellers', but his French accent is just as outrageous and he is as hilariously hapless and hopelessly inept, able to wreak inspired mayhem simply by retrieving an errant Viagra pill from a hotel bathroom toilet or downloading a ringtone from his computer (plunging all of Paris into darkness in the process). Martin benefits from the inspired supporting cast, including Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, who hires Clouseau, certain he will fail, in a bid to earn himself the Medal of Honor (for which he has been nominated seven times). Jean Reno is at his formidable, deadpan best as Ponton, whom Dreyfus assigns as Clouseau's assistant. A running gag, borrowed from the earlier films, finds Ponton anticipating all of Clouseau's attempts to catch him off guard. Beyoncé had more to do in Goldmember, but she makes a fetching suspect. "It could be a trap," Ponton warns when she invites Clouseau to dinner. "Who cares?" he replies. Clive Owen also has an amusing, apropos-of-nothing cameo as Agent 006. Martin co-wrote the screenplay, and his clever wordplay is in evidence throughout. As with the original films, the animated opening credits and Henry Mancini's jazzy, jaunty theme perfectly set the stage for the sophisticated slapstick to come. The Pink Panther is not flawless, but as a vehicle for Martin, it's a comic gem.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Steve Martin adapts one of comedy's most beloved characters of the big screen, Inspector Clouseau, with 2006's The Pink Panther, a mildly amusing revamp whose genuinely funny moments are few and far between the madcap setups that populate most of the film. It's not as if the comedian doesn't try; his Clouseau is filled with hilarious subtlety when the film isn't forcing him into a predictably unfunny scenario -- which it often does. That said, for all of the uninspired laughs that fall flat, there are moments of sheer brilliance that shine through, such as the part with the dialect coach where Martin takes a classic comic premise and turns it into the drop-dead-funny highlight of the film. The scene hearkens back to the old Peter Sellers days when the chuckles were earned by milking the comedy for all it's worth and then pushing it even further after the fact. And while this Clouseau is surrounded by accomplished thesps, none of them provide the right foil to his character for added comedic value. Kevin Kline would have made a fine Clouseau in his own right, but his Dreyfus never gets to the crazy, agitated state that exemplified Herbert Lom's brilliant performances. With this film, Martin proves that he's up to the challenge of the role and possibly with better scripts, actually has the chance to create a lasting franchise that is both family-friendly and classic in its approach to fine slapstick humor -- until then, this film remains a flawed, yet commercially successful kick-start to the reinterpreted series.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
UPC:
0883904283614
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Closed-Caption 11 Deleted & Extended Scenes With Optional Director's Commentary Beyoncé Music Video: "Check On It" Exclusive Beyoncé Performance: "A Woman Like Me" Plus Commentary Alternate Opening Sequence With Optional Director's Commentary Cracking The Case Documentary Featurettes: Animated Trip, Deconstructing The Panther, Sleuth-Cams On Set Commentary With Director Shawn Levy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Kevin Kline Chief Inspector Dreyfus
Jean Reno Gilbert Ponton
Emily Mortimer Nicole
Henry Czerny Yuri
Kristin Chenoweth Cherie
Roger Rees Larocque
Beyoncé Knowles Xania
Delphine Chanéac Ticket Checker

Technical Credits
Shawn Levy Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Len Blum Original Story,Screenwriter
Jonathan Brown Cinematographer
Chris Carpenter Sound/Sound Designer
George Folsey Editor
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Andy Koyama Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Martin Screenwriter
Tom Pollock Producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Ivan Reitman Producer
Peter Rogness Art Director
Michael Saltzman Original Story
Marty Eli Schwartz Asst. Director
Ira Shuman Executive Producer
Robert Simonds Producer
Ilene Starger Casting
Tracey Trench Executive Producer
Brad Wilhite Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Pink Panther
1. Intro/Village Idiot [2:57]
2. A Perfect Day For Murder [3:07]
3. Opening Credits [3:19]
4. His Name Is Clouseau [6:27]
5. Press Conference [1:52]
6. First Day On The Job [1:52]
7. Ponton [2:49]
8. Testing Ponton [:37]
9. Xania's Interrogation [3:24]
10. Yuri The Trainer [2:26]
11. Good Cop/Bad Cop [3:59]
12. Bizu Is Dead [4:50]
13. Agent 006 [4:57]
14. Gas Mask Bandits [1:41]
15. Not Now, Clouseau [5:16]
16. The Nominees Are [2:13]
17. "I Would Like To Buy A Hamburger" [4:02]
18. Newspapers! [4:00]
19. Dinner At The Waldorf [4:10]
20. French Guy Arrested [3:29]
21. Home To Obscurity [4:19]
22. Occipital Lobe [1:44]
23. Not On The List [1:47]
24. Xania's Backup Dancers [:58]
25. The Killer [3:13]
26. Stop The Car [5:55]
27. Does It Hurt? [:46]
28. End Credits [1:44]
29. Chapter 29 [4:32]

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The Pink Panther 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Full_Devil More than 1 year ago
I like Steve Martin. This attempt to recreate the genius of Peter Sellers was a complete disaster. Unfunny, stupid plot, and no laughs except for the scene where Clouseau farts in the recording studio. The physical comedy looks forced and unnatural. Save your money and spend it on one of the original Pink Panther movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a big fan of the Pink Panther movies. When I heard that Steve Martin was going to play this role in a new movie, I was very sceptical, as well as feeling that somehow, this movie would cheapen Peter Sellers. I could not have been more wrong. I laughed the whole way through and felt that Steve Martin played homage to Peter Sellers and did the movie and the inspector proud. Well done! I shall go eat some crow pie now. That is of course, if I can get my ribs to stop hurting from laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, a stellar performance by Jean Reno, it's too bad he is mentioned so far down the line. Beyonce Knowles does her best to act, but not surprisingly fails miserably. Steve Martin has a few funny moments but for the most part it is Jean Reno that unintentionally steals the scene with either just a look or a good one liner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Martin was a hoot in this comedy movie!! He did a really really good job and he is probably the only one who can play this role in the movie. All the other actors did a very good job also. Whoever thought this movie was dumb has a weird opinion. This movie rocked!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but this movie was not funny. I watched it with a group of people who love the "old" Pink Panther movies and not one person laughed more than two or three times. The only funny parts were already shown in the commercials for the movie. Pass on this one if you want some laughs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS AWESOME AND I LOVED IT. I RECOMMEND IT TO PEOPLE WITH A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR AND PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE KIDS. THIS IS NOT LIKE THE OLD ONE,IT IS FUNNIER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is outstanding. Every scene is funny and Steve Martin is perfect ! I haven't laughed out loud at a movie in a long time like I did when watching this one. I definitely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was HILARIOUS!! Steve Martin's French accent was just soooo funny. I mean, if there was a scene where it wasn't funny, I'd crack up because it's so funny to watch him attempt to sound french. The only turnoff was that Beyonce seemed like the badgirl and almost bratish. You could see her eyeing Martin weirdly. But that's NO reason to not see this movie. You have to watch this!
n2laughs More than 1 year ago
Steve Martin's The Pink Panther is a funny and enjoyable film if one sees it as a spoof on the original Pink Panther rather than a re-make. Peter Sellers WAS Inspector Clouseau. He so throughly made the part his own that no one will ever be able to take it away.

Steve Martin doesn't even really seem to try! What Martin does is what he does best. He brings his own slapstick brand of comedy to the part and one has a sense that he is simply having fun PRETENDING to be the Inspector rather than actually BEING the Inspector.

Some of the sight gags are good but it is Martin's ability to wring halarity out of the mundane that makes this film worth watching. Look for the scene where the Inspector is taking English lessons from an instructor so that he will blend in when he travels to the United States. Martin is able to effortlessly turn a simple, boring English lesson into something so halarious that the movie is worth seeing just for that scene. One can watch the scene over and over and never tire from the outrageousness of Martin's performance.

Martin's The Pink Panther is not his best film and it doesn't come close to the genius of Peter Seller's version but it is funny - halarious at times - and well worth the re-visit to one of films all time favorite characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only Steve Martin could take the place of Peter Sellers. I loved it and am looking forward to the next movie.
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