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Charles Dreyfus escapes from the mental asylum and tries to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. He doesn't succeed at first, so he takes on another strategy, namely to build a Doomsday machine and demand that someone else kills Jacques Clouseau, or Dreyfus will use the machine to wipe out whole cities and even whole countries... With about 22 assassins from all over the globe on his tail, Clouseau decides to find Dreyfus alone and put him back in the mental asylum. Written by
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A Shot in the Dark is a better movie but The Pink Panther Strikes Again is
the high water mark of the Pink Panther series. Most movie series' throw
all inhibition out the window at one point or another and that is the case
here. The movie is unrestrained folly with as much style as a hammer over
the head. But it's so well done that the movie keeps it's pace of intense
idiocy throughout with a slow storm of truly funny bits. The goofiness must
never abate or the movie will be exposed and it doesn't abate. Sellers
again plays Clouseau with bumbling incompetence. His dead pan style and
seriousness in the face of his role is what makes it so great. He's clearly
the only one who thinks he's a legitimate police officer and character to
begin with. Clouseau's voice that was just slightly unintelligible in A
Shot in the Dark is a complete parody here and it's an absolute joy every
time I hear it. I can never keep a straight face any time Clouseau says the
word 'room.' Only a great comedian can take something so simple and make it
classic. Herbert Lom is as good as ever as the tormented Dreyfuss. He's
more believably crazy than a lot of other actors I've seen try it. The
scene where Clouseau accidentally abuses him at the mental health institute
is priceless. One of the few scenes in comedy where I burst out laughing
every time is when Dreyfuss steps on the rake and falls back into the water.
You never see it coming the first time and it's a riot. The scenes in the
gay bar are refreshingly funny despite the stereotypes that are a little
less than kind. Clouseau's questioning of the staff is also one of the
classic bits in comedy of completely brilliant overkill. His falling down
the stairs off of the parallel bars is another burst out laughing moment, as
well as when he accidentally whacks Mr. Stutterstut with the ball and chain
stuck to his hand. The scenes with Cato are also better than they were in A
Shot in the Dark. This movie does not have the gorgeous style or comedic
genius of A Shot in the Dark but plays it's stupid humor better. After
this, it was probably unnecessary to have any more Pink Panther movies as
this was the over the top plot to end all plots. I absolutely love watching
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