Eighth entry in the Pink Panther. It is nearly 30 years since Inspector Jacques Clouseau managed to get Maria Gambrelli off from a murder charge (events of "A Shot In The Dark".) Maria has gone on and have moved to a seaside town. Also Princess Yasmin of Lugash has come to the town for a holiday with her father. She is kidnapped and because of the strong ties between France and Lugash, Chief Inspector Dreyfus is called in to find her. He is hampered by the local police officer Jacques and is amazed when he finds that Jacques is Maria's son. He is terrified even though he and Maria are falling in love that Jacques is Clouseau's son and Jacques is showing Clouseau-ish behaviour. Both Jacques and Dreyfus set out to find the missing Princess...Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Gambrelli says "ha" when Yussa shoots at him, but his mouth is closed. See more »
[watching a recorded surveillance video of Princess Yasmin practicing her martial arts]
Yes, she's good.
As good as you?
[Hanif laughs; Yussa reverse-kicks him]
[Hans lifts Yussa by the throat]
She was only showing how good she is.
I know how... good she is... or she wouldn't be with us.
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The opening credits have the Pink Panther stepping out of a cinema screen to conduct a live-action orchestra to his theme music (taking the baton from composer Henry Mancini). He does a superb job... until an animated Inspector Gambrelli mucks things up. See more »
The Blu-ray includes two deleted scenes (around seven minutes) not featured in the original theatrical release: particularly Gambrelli playing with a condom. See more »
This is the worst Pink Panther Movie. The slapstick is just terrible, and Roberto Benigni, as Clouseau Jr., just does not fill Peter Sellers' shoes. But let's look at it thoughtfully: If Sellers were in this movie, it is true it would still not be that funny, altho it would be somewhat better. However, altho I blame the problem in "Son" more on Blake Edwards, it is also true that if Benigni were in a Pink Panther movie with good scenes, the movie would be only mediocre. Altho Clouseau is such a fool, Sellers plays him with such great presence, so artfully and skillfully, and, yes, suavely, the audience is actually, paradoxically, laughing with rather than at the bumbling Clouseau. And if the scenes are great, everything is great. Benigni does not measure up, but he does not have much from Edwards. The scenes are just not funny, they are dumb, silly, stupid. Look at me I'm a boob. Does not work. Pale shadows of the excellent fun long gone.
Some redemption is provided by subplots, as Herbert Lom and yes, Claudia Cardinale return. Dreyfus (still) is involved in the investigation at hand, of the kidnapping of Princess Yasmin of Lugash, played by Debrah Farentino. Lo and behold, we have a revelation about Jacques Jr.'s origins. The martial arts square-offs between the princess and her female captor Yussa (Jennifer Edwards) remind me of the Stefanie Powers mud spa scene in "The Girl from Uncle," altho the forum(s) are different. It is good to see Cato (Burt Kwouk) still around.
All in all, thumbs down. The best reason to see it is just to see Claudia again. Otherwise, there is not much, and much bad.
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