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Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)

Ensuing after the events of Clouseau's disappearance, his bosses at the Surete put a computer into service to elect a new shrewd detective, Sleigh, who turns up just as inept as Clouseau.

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Blake Edwards

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Sir Charles Litton
Robert Wagner ... George Lytton
Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles LaRousse Dreyfus
Joanna Lumley ... Countess Chandra
Capucine ... Lady Simone Litton
Robert Loggia ... Bruno Langois
Harvey Korman ... Prof. Auguste Balls
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Ted Wass ... Sergeant Clifton Sleigh
Roger Moore ... Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (as Turk Thrust II)
Leslie Ash ... Juleta Shane (AKA Julie Morgan)
Graham Stark ... Bored Waiter
André Maranne André Maranne ... Sergeant Francois Duval
Peter Arne ... General Bufoni
Patti Davis Patti Davis ... Michelle Chauvin (as Patricia Davis)
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Storyline

Inspector Clouseau disappears, and the Surete wants the world's second best detective to look for him. However, Clouseau's enemy, Dreyfus, rigs the Surete's computer to select, instead, the world's worst detective, N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Clifton Sleigh. Sleigh obtusely bungles his way past assassins and corrupt officials as though he were Clouseau's American cousin. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fluch des rosaroten Panthers See more »

Filming Locations:

Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,641,182, 14 August 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,491,986
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first "Pink Panther" titled movie with "Pink Panther" wording in its name not to star Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. Alan Arkin had played the title character of the French detective in Inspector Clouseau (1968), but that movie was not titled with a "Pink Panther" phrase. See more »

Goofs

No flares are seen coming from the guns being fired at Sleigh, when he's in the alley with Bruno and one of his goons. See more »

Quotes

Taxi Driver: Damn! Who the hell is trying to kill you?
Sergeant Clifton Sleigh: I don't know!
Taxi Driver: [Scene cuts briefly to car chase] Maybe they're trying to kill me. Who would want to kill me? No, no, no it couldn't be my wife, she doesn't drive.
Sergeant Clifton Sleigh: Well, whoever it is you gotta try an' lose 'em.
Taxi Driver: When somebody's shooting at you, you gotta do better than trying.
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Crazy Credits

Roger Moore is credited as Turk Thrust II. See more »

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Follows The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) See more »

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Moon River
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Amusing moments along with ridiculous is this new entry about Inspector Clouseau with a newcomer , Ted Wass
5 March 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This following to popular series is a new attempt to maintain the slapstick franchise in spite of Peter Sellers death by substituting in American actor Ted Wass . He's investigating bungling Clouseau disappearance and is on the trail of the jewel known as the Pink Panther and during his first scenes Ted appears in drag . Clouseau's previous chief (Herbert Lom) threatens to destroy the new detective . At the same time Ted Wass like Clouseau is making life intolerable for Inspector Dreyfuss . He then goes to Clouseau museum where he meets Kato (Burt Kwouk) , to the French Riveira and Valencia (Spain) where encounters mobsters (Robert Loggia) who wish to kill him . Later on , aboard a yacht (along with the habitual David Niven , Capucine , Robert Wagner) he goes to Mallorca . There he attempts to track down the Clouseau trail but he meets a suspect Countess Chandra (Joanna Lumley).

This is arguably one of the most average of the series about the botcher Inspector and being the eight ¨Pink Panther¨ movie in the known film franchise . In this slapdash as well as disconcerting comedy , Wass attempts to investigate whether or no Clouseau is living somewhere . This fun release has some hilarious moments here and there . The film continues where Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) leaves off . Though uncredited, late Peter Sellers can still be heard in various scenes through archival sound . Starring Ted Wass as Sleigh is sympathetic imitating to Sellers , outdoing his botcher and diverting character . Actors considered for the role of Clifton Sleigh included John Ritter, John Cleese, Dudley Moore and Rowan Atkinson ; in the end , the part went to Ted Wass . The actors seem to enjoy immensely themselves but they are supposedly spending some amusing holidays in Riveira , Mallorca, Valencia . Players appearing in this movie who had appeared in the original Pink Panther (1963), the first film in the series , were Capucine, David Niven, and Robert Wagner . In the film appears the usual series as Herbert Lom (chief Inspector Dreyfuss), Andre Maranne (Sergeant Francois Duval), Grahame Stark (as a bored waiter) and the ordinary professor (Harvey Korman) . The movie was simultaneously filmed along with ¨Trail to the Pink Panther¨ where equally the protagonist (Joanna Lumley) is looking for Inspector Clouseau . Writer, producer , director Blake Edwards gets some inspired bits penned by himself ; however he attempts to alive his classic personage with no much success . Rating : Mediocre but entertaining .


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