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Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

A journalist attempts to uncover the mysterious disappearance of Inspector Clouseau.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Blake Edwards (story), Frank Waldman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (archive footage)
David Niven ... Sir Charles Litton
Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Richard Mulligan ... Clouseau's Father
Joanna Lumley ... Marie Jouvet
Capucine ... Lady Simone Litton
Robert Loggia ... Bruno Langois
Harvey Korman ... Prof. Auguste Balls (archive footage)
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Graham Stark ... Hercule Lajoy
Peter Arne ... Col. Bufoni
André Maranne André Maranne ... Sergeant Francois Duval
Ronald Fraser ... Dr. Longet
Leonard Rossiter ... Superintendant Quinlan (archive footage)
Marne Maitland ... Deputy Commissioner Lasorde
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Storyline

The Pink Panther diamond is stolen once again from Lugash and the authorities call in Chief Inspector Clouseau from France. His plane disappears en-route. This time, famous French TV reporter Marie Jouvet sets out to solve the mystery and starts to interview everybody connected to Clouseau. Each interviewee Dreyfus, Sir Charles and Lady Lytton (an ex-wife of Clouseau), George Lytton, Hercule Lajoy (assistant in "A Shot In The Dark"), and Cato tell of their run-ins with Clouseau. She is also kidnapped by mobster Bruno Langlois who doesn't want Clouseau found but she continues and finds Clouseau Sr., Clouseau's father. Is Clouseau alive or is he dead? Each interview has not-yet-seen or famous clips from the previous movies (since Peter Sellers had sadly passed away) as Marie continues to get a honest view or impression of the great French detective. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There is only one Inspector Clouseau. His adventure continues... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pista de la pantera rosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Valencia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,341,695, 19 December 1982

Gross USA:

$9,056,073
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The actor who plays Chief Inspector Clouseau in scenes shot after Sellers' death was John Taylor, who doubled Sellers in The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980). See more »

Goofs

The amount of cigarette ashes on Clouseau's car dash appears to have more than in a previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Marie Jouvet: Do you think he's dead?
Lady Simone Litton: I hope not.
Marie Jouvet: What do you think, Sir. Charles?
Sir Charles Litton: No. Men like Clouseau never die. They're indestructible. And that's the way it should be.
Marie Jouvet: Why?
Sir Charles Litton: Well, we need them. They help us preserve our sense of humor. And they're living proof that, however bad things get, if you persevere you survive, and sometimes even win.
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Alternate Versions

All UK cinema and video versions were cut by 21 secs by the BBFC to remove the nunchaku footage previously edited from The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The cuts were fully restored in 2003. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Singing In The Rain
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Jumped-up TV special

Cut 45 minutes of filler material and this would make a nice little hour-long network retrospective and a decent tribute to Peter Sellers. It mostly plays that way anyway, with a "plot" which is simply dropped halfway through, serving only as one of the framing devices to introduce the Sellers clips. The other framing device, a reporter's series of interviews with Clouseau's associates, is so inanely written and obviously "tribute-y" that it's shocking to remember that this was a theatrical feature film.

And that was Blake Edwards' major mistake. Some of the unused footage is amusing, but if it had been up to Sellers' usual hilarious standard, it wouldn't have gone unused. And the flashback sequences are made up of, well, flashbacks--scenes which we already saw in the previous movies. On a TV special, that would have been fine. Here, it just makes you wonder what Edwards could have been thinking.


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