Return of the Pink Panther

Return of the Pink Panther

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Director: Blake Edwards

Cast: Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell

     
 

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After several years at loggerheads with one another, director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers reteamed for the slapstick fiesta The Return of the Pink Panther. It looks as though wizard cat-burglar Sir Charles Litton, played by David Niven in the original 1964 Pink Panther but here essayed by Christopher Plummer, is back in business. Dispatched toSee more details below

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Overview

After several years at loggerheads with one another, director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers reteamed for the slapstick fiesta The Return of the Pink Panther. It looks as though wizard cat-burglar Sir Charles Litton, played by David Niven in the original 1964 Pink Panther but here essayed by Christopher Plummer, is back in business. Dispatched to the Swiss resort town of Gstaad by his long-suffering superior Inspector Dreyfuss (Herbert Lom), Clouseau adopts a series of easily penetrable (and hilarious) disguises to get the goods on Sir Charles and his wife Claudine (Catherine Schell). If you remember A Shot in the Dark, you'll recall that Clouseau's ineptitude turned Inspector Dreyfuss into a twitching homicidal maniac. The same thing happens here, paving the way for the sequel, The Pink Panther Strikes Again. And, as with all the "Panther" movies, we are treated to the insinuating theme music by Henry Mancini, and the animated opening and closing titles. Return of the Pink Panther earned $17 million on its initial release.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
More than a decade after the incompetent Inspector Clouseau fumbled his way across movie screens in A Shot in the Dark, star Peter Sellers and director Blake Edwards successfully revived the series with this 1975 sequel. A sturdily produced romp that once again found Clouseau in hot pursuit of the Pink Panther diamond, Return codified comic gambits employed in the first two entries; the inspector still fended off attacks by his well-meaning valet, Cato (Burt Kwouk), and drove his superior officer (Herbert Lom) mad with his bungling. This time around, Clouseau's worthy adversary is a supposedly retired jewel thief (Christopher Plummer at his most suave) who declares that he will help the police locate the diamond and apprehend the culprit to clear himself of suspicion. Catherine Schell portrays his wife, a wily woman who turns out to be a decoy in more ways than one. Returning to the series after an 11-year break, both Sellers and Edwards exhibited remarkable vitality in staging and performing the film's comedic set pieces. Future sequels lacked that energy and increasingly rehashed gags and situations from the earlier films. But Return is itself a glittering jewel, a particularly fecund collaboration between one of the screen's great comic actors and one of its most engaging directors.
All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
The Return of the Pink Panther is the third film starring Peter Sellers as inept French detective Jacques Clouseau. It is also the best of the Pink Panther films, with Sellers unleashing deadpan slapstick with precision timing. Pink Panther regulars Herbert Lom (Chief Inspector Dreyfus) and Burt Kwouk (Clouseau's valet Cato) are in top form in supporting roles. While Clouseau's antics slowly drive Dreyfus insane, Cato plots his famous martial-arts drills in Clouseau's apartment. In one scene, Clouseau opens a refrigerator and out pops Cato in attack mode. One of the most accomplished comedians of the 20th century, Sellers resorts to every sleight of humor in his repertoire: outlandish disguises, mispronunciations, and impossibly ridiculous stratagems. And he pulls them off. Entertaining Henry Mancini music accompanies Clouseau on his misadventures in Lugash (actually, Morocco), where the fabled Pink Panther diamond has been reported missing. Christopher Plummer adeptly plays the Phantom, an international jewel thief wrongly accused of stealing the gem. Once again, Clouseau does everything wrong on his way to accidentally solving the crime. The film itself is a rare gem that continues to sparkle with repeated viewings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
UPC:
0025192155628
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
2,349

Special Features

Closed Caption; [none specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Christopher Plummer Sir Charles Litton
Catherine Schell Claudine Litton
Herbert Lom Chief Inspector Dreyfus
Peter Arne Col. Sharki
Gregoire Aslan Police Chief
Peter Jeffrey Gen. Wadafi
Eric Pohlmann The Fat Man
Burt Kwouk Cato
Victor Spinetti Concierge
David Lodge Mac
Graham Stark Pepi
Andre Maranne Francois
John Bluthal Beggar
Mike Grady Bellboy
Peter Jones Psychiatrist
Nadim Sawalha Museum Guide
Andre Charisse TV Newscaster
Michael Nightingale Museum Tourist
Milton Reid Restaurant Owner
Hugo de Vernier Doctor
Claire Davenport Masseuse
Carol Cleveland Sari Lady
Lesley-Anne Down Actor
Jeremy Hawk Jealous Escort
Omar Sharif Actor

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Adams Associate Producer
Harry Frampton Makeup
John Gant Special Effects
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Peter Mullins Production Designer
Tom Priestley Editor
Richard Williams Studio Animator
Bridget Sellers Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Frank Waldman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Return of the Pink Panther
1. "The Pink Panther" [2:32]
2. Opening Credits [3:57]
3. The Heist [6:44]
4. Escape [2:34]
5. "Calling Outside Help" [:55]
6. Inspector Clouseau [2:26]
7. Assigned to the Case [3:38]
8. Cato's Welcome [4:15]
9. Instinct [3:58]
10. "The Element of Surprise" [4:11]
11. The Phantom [4:52]
12. Pool Service [3:03]
13. Phone Service [4:05]
14. Making Adjustments [4:34]
15. Arriving at the Palace Hotel [4:21]
16. "Do You Have a Room?" [:00]
17. Working for the Fat Man [1:10]
18. "Who Needs Enemies?" [1:57]
19. Colonel Sharky's Ploy [3:53]
20. Dreyfus Seeks Therapy [2:11]
21. Double Crossing [2:23]
22. Room Service [2:35]
23. Inspecting for Clues [5:13]
24. Steam Bath [2:45]
25. Precisely and Absolutely [5:03]
26. Monsieur Gabuar [4:00]
27. Date With Lady Litton [2:24]
28. Bubble Bath [5:06]
29. Clever Thief [5:16]
30. The Arrest [3:23]
31. The Madman Dreyfus [3:14]
32. Case Closed [1:18]
33. Strange Fortune [:53]
34. Closing Credits [2:04]

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