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      The Return of the Pink Panther

      G Released May 21, 1975 1h 55m Comedy List
      86% Tomatometer 21 Reviews 82% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings After he lets a robbery transpire right under his nose, the ever-bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is suspended by Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom). But, when the famed Pink Panther diamond is stolen from the National Museum in Lugash, the Shah requests Clouseau's assistance, and he's reinstated. Clouseau quickly concludes that the thief must be the infamous Phantom, against whom he has a grudge, but the inspector's instincts are, as usual, wrong. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Penelope Gilliatt New Yorker Peter Sellers' performance is one of the most delicately cataclysmic studies in accident proneness since the silents. Mar 5, 2024 Full Review Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) It's Sellers' picture, and every gag seems to work. May 9, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy As always, Kwouk and especially Lom are given moments to shine. Rated: 3/4 Nov 7, 2021 Full Review Ellen Keneshea Los Angeles Free Press What's left is a comedy composed of a series of slapstick gags, gimmicks, and snatches of plot from the first two Clouseau films. Dec 4, 2019 Full Review Richard T. Jameson Parallax View As comedy committed to nothing more argumentative and less indispensable than grace, professionalism, and good fun, the film is certainly welcome. Mar 14, 2015 Full Review Charles Cassady Common Sense Media Hilarious Clouseau better in sequel than original. Rated: 4/5 Dec 15, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jean R I love this movie. Of course Clouseau is hilarious, but it's also suspenseful and mysterious. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Alec B This movie represents what most people remember about this series (i.e. plot that exists purely as a vehicle for cartoonish gags and physical comedy). I still prefer the first two films but what keeps this one mostly enjoyable is Sellers and some great sequences. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Paul G This airy, unsurpassed amusement remains, even today, the stylistic and commercial peak of the Pink Panther franchise. Unfazed by his surroundings, the intrepid, incompetent Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) earnestly bumbles his way through a series of well-choreographed disasters. He drives his car into a swimming pool (twice), has trouble with the "pheune" (phone), and then efficiently demolishes a vacuum cleaner, a steam room, and, famously, a hotel bathroom. Exuding an agreeably 1970's mix of glamour and good spirit are the lovely Lady Lytton (Catherine Schell) and the film's magnificently cliched locations, Morocco, Nice, and Gstaad: "Today, a paradise in the Swiss Alps, tomorrow, a wasteland," as Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom, in top eye-twitching form) dourly predicts. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/18/23 Full Review Marc Z This movie's title has multiple meanings. Peter Sellers returns to the role that he personified, after a departure for a failed film starring Alan Arvin in the role. It also signifies the return of Sir Charle Litton, The Pink Panther, to a robbery caper of the famed Pink panther Diamond. In this film, Christopher Plummer takes over the role made famous by David Niven in the original. Herbert Mom returns as Inspector Dreyfus, tortured by Sellers' character. Bert Kwok returns as Cato. The film is funny, but not as good as the two original. The story is good. The music and Direction are good. Sellers is excellent. The biggest issue is that the film takes some easy opportunities to redo Clouseau/Sellers gags, rather than create new ones. The character does not really grow much from the prior installments; however, this is still vey good. It is really the last of the very good films in the series. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/10/23 Full Review Josh G This m vie is funny or thoughtful, and it is harmonious at points. It tries to tow the line between vague mystery and slapstick comedy. The cast brings a wonderful charm and peter sellers steals the show as excepted. But the recast of the phantom and the inconsistent character of peter sellers wife or the phantom wife from the first film not knowing each other is awkward. But the jokes and gags are really funny, the car brakes, the vacuum etc. Come for the laughs stay for the laughs. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Overall, as a sequel, this is a fun and entertaining film.  Peter Sellers is fantastic as Inspector Jacques Clouseau and has excellent comedic timing and perfectly timed facial expressions.  The mystery and plot, along with its gags, may seem slightly predictable at times, but it still manages to deliver solid entertainment and a good quantity of laughs.  Whenever Peter Sellers is absent from the screen, the film certainly slows down in all areas and even feels a tad dull, but I can't deny that there is lots to enjoy in this classic film, and I cannot wait to see the next instalment within this franchise. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After he lets a robbery transpire right under his nose, the ever-bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is suspended by Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom). But, when the famed Pink Panther diamond is stolen from the National Museum in Lugash, the Shah requests Clouseau's assistance, and he's reinstated. Clouseau quickly concludes that the thief must be the infamous Phantom, against whom he has a grudge, but the inspector's instincts are, as usual, wrong.
      Director
      Blake Edwards
      Producer
      Blake Edwards
      Screenwriter
      Frank Waldman, Blake Edwards
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Jewel Productions Inc.
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 21, 1975, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 25, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 55m
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