The Party

The Party

Director: Blake Edwards Cast: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Marge Champion
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The Party

Peter Sellers plays a bumbling foreigner once again (but this time he's not from France) in this cult-favorite comedy. Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) is an accident-prone actor from India who has come to California, hoping to make a name for himself in Hollywood movies. However, Bakshi quickly makes the wrong impression on producer C.S. Divot (Gavin MacLeod) and studio chief Fred Clutterbuck (J. Edward McKinley) when he accidentally blows up the set for his first film. Clutterbuck jots down Bakshi's name to remind himself to have the actor blacklisted, but he doesn't realize that he's put the name on the guest list for an upcoming party at his home. Bakshi sees the social event as an opportunity to get back in Clutterbuck's good graces, but from the moment he arrives, one thing after another goes wrong, with increasing effect; it doesn't help that he finds himself infatuated with Michele Monet (Claudine Longet), Divot's latest starlet discovery. Director Blake Edwards shot The Party with a minimal script to allow Peter Sellers and the other comic actors greater room for slapstick improvisation, which helps explain why many of the film's most memorable scenes feature little or no dialogue.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2014
UPC: 0738329136529
Original Release: 1968
Rating: PG
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 11,157

Special Features

Inside The Party featurette; The Party revolution featurette; Original theatrical trailer; Blake Edwards profile; Walter Mirisch profile; Ken Wales profile

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Hrundi V. Bakshi
Claudine Longet Michele Monet
Marge Champion Rosalind Dunphy
Steve Franken Butler
Fay McKenzie Alice Clutterback
Gavin MacLeod C.S. Divot
Sharron Kimberly Princess Helena
Denny Miller Wyoming Bill Kelso
Jean Carson Actor
Ken Wales Actor
Al Checco Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole Janice Kane
Dick Crockett Wells
Frances Davis Maid
Danielle de Metz Stella D'Angelo
Herb Ellis Film Director
Kathe Green Molly Clutterback
Allen Jung Cook
James Lanphier Harry
Buddy Lester Davey Kane
Jerry Martin Bradford
J. Edward McKinley Fred Clutterbuck, studio head
Tom Quine Congressman Dunphy
Timothy Scott Gore Pontoon
Carol Wayne June Warren

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Jack Bear Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Black Score Composer,Songwriter
Norman Breedlove Special Effects
Fernando Carrere Production Designer
Henry Mancini Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Mickey McCardle Asst. Director
Lynn Reynolds Makeup
Allan Snyder Makeup
Tom Waldman Screenwriter
Frank Waldman Screenwriter
Ken Wales Associate Producer
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Party
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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The Party 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What better person to attend your extravagant party....or is it? Peter Sellers is at his best here as an Indian Actor who is clearly in the wrong place, but takes full advantage of it. There isn't 2 minutes that go by without a reason to laugh, if not cry! From start to finish, his comic genious is in full display.
56NLS More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this movie when I was just a kid. The movie was just as funny then as it is now. You can see how hard they tried to make Peter Sellers look Indian. And of course Peter Sellers does a good job playing the part. This movie is hilarious and it will always be one of my favorites. Nick Smith
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Sellers is at his all time best when he stars as a clumsy Indian actor who is accidently invited to a ''rich people's'' party. Of course, not unlike his role in the ''Pink Panther'', he reaks havic once more in his inocent and hillarious way. You will be laughing untill you cry for this wonderfull yet crazy movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was too young to see ''The Party'' in theaters, but my older brother and dad were always talking about it and how it made them cry from laughing so hard. I finally saw it some years later and laughed to tears as well. Be aware that this contains slapstick (and pantomime) at its best. Sellers' Indian accent has become stereotyped over the years, but it works so well here. He destroys the party and the producer's home by accident. Great work by Pink Panter director Blake Edwards who must be considered one of Hollywood's top comic directors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this film when it was first released. I was a young child at the time and I remember laughing so much that I was sick in the cinema. Many years later I saw it scheduled on UK TV and phoned everyone I knew to come around to watch it as well. Everyone agreed with me. I still laugh just thinking about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest films ever made. I laugh so hard I end up crying each time I watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this is certainly the FUNNIEST movie I have ever seen, no kidding. I have the DVD and have played it for every houseguest I have had.... maybe a dozen times now... and they all love it. Now I gotta tell you that I am a huge movie fan... and though I adore Laurel and Hardy classics, Harold Lloyd and more slapstick greats, THIS movie is unreal in that every scene is timed perfectly and does it with sophistication. BUY this one because you will continue to notice jokes in the background and expressions on the other actors faces. The lines are totally classic... 'birdie num nums' and 'howdee pardener'! Ya gotta see it to see what I mean. Today's comedies rely mainly on shock value (cussing, body noises and insults to other characters)... and in time those comedies just become more and more expected and unfunny..... THIS movie will still be funny 100 years from now..... and remain a true classic. I think its Peter Sellers best movie hands down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Sellers shows up in a movie set in Gunda Din style sets with his Timex on...I started to laff but when he needed to tie his show I was hysterical...from Birdy num nums to Hey pardener to the toilet paper roll...I was rolling in the aisles. I laffed so hard my stomach ached and the tears flowed...that was back in the 60s...its still the funniest movie I ever saw....Sellers as a man from India was perfectly cast. YOU MUST OWN THIS MOVIE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable comedy..we've been num numming for years and the memory of Howdy Pardner has just came flooding back. Sellars at his best...num num!! Paul & Nobby Glesga
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Austin Powers and the whole ''retro'' time warp -- you will scream watching this one. Peter Sellers is at his Pink Pantheresque best.