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The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Approved | | Comedy | November 1959 (USA)
An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

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The Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the smallest country in the world, is nestled in the French Alps. Being as isolated as it is, its life is a throwback to olden days. It is a happy, peace-loving country. Its economy solely rests on export of its only wine, Pinot Grand Fenwick, to the US. When a California vintner starts producing and selling a knock-off of the Pinot Grand Fenwick at a lower price, the Grand Fenwick economy goes into a crisis situation, the country on the brink of bankruptcy. Three protests to the US go largely unanswered. Grand Fenwick's Prime Minister, Rupert of Mountjoy, believes the solution is to declare war on the US, and promptly lose the war in less than a day with no casualties on either side, after which the US, which it has historically done, will provide vast financial aide to rebuild the country. Grand Fenwick's monarch, the Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, ultimately supports this concept. The plan is to send an official declaration of war to the US, have a small ... Written by Huggo

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The Hilarious Story of How the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Waged War on the U.S. - and Won See more »

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November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Maus, die brüllte  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Jack Arnold and Walter Shenson thought the dailies were hilarious, Carl Foreman and Columbia's European head didn't get it. Their lack of response was so discouraging, Arnold stopped going to the daily screenings. See more »

Goofs

In the opening narration, it is stated that Grand Fenwick is the only English speaking country in Europe. Even if we allow the common English error of imagining that the British Isles are not in Europe, it still overlooks Malta which, although a British colony at the time, is both English speaking and in Europe. See more »

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Air Raid Warden in Physics Lab: Why is it so different from an H-bomb?
Professor Alfred Kokintz: H-bomb? This new bomb is based on quodium, which is 100 times more powerful than hydrogen.
Helen Kokintz: My father uses an H-bomb just to trigger this one.
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An animated mouse roars like a lion as the title appears onscreen. See more »

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Referenced in Who Do You Think You Are?: Martin Sheen (2012) See more »

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Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played in the score
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Light, charming
25 May 2002 | by (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Yes, the "joke" is rather a truism: declare war on the US, lose and then collect the massive foreign aid we always send... Peter Sellers has fun in his several roles, along with a cast of strong supporting actors. The standard "pretty blonde" is Jean Seberg -- who seems not to know what she's doing in this role: comedy was not the lady's strongpoint.

Yet there is something very gentle and charming that moves this film along. I suppose that little something could very well be that the "bottom line" for the tiny country was world peace... Not a bad concept.

Worth watching.


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