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Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 27 August 1993 (USA)
Charles Dreyfus encounters Jacques Gambrelli, who reminds him painfully of Inspector Clouseau, the man who drove him insane. With good reason: Gambrelli is Clouseau's son.


Blake Edwards


Maurice Richlin (characters), Blake Edwards (characters) | 4 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Benigni ... Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli
Herbert Lom ... Police Commisioner Charles Dreyfus
Claudia Cardinale ... Maria Gambrelli
Shabana Azmi ... Queen
Debrah Farentino ... Princess Yasmin
Jennifer Edwards ... Yussa
Robert Davi ... Hans Zarba
Mark Schneider ... Arnon
Mike Starr ... Hanif
Kenny Spalding Kenny Spalding ... Garth
Anton Rodgers ... Police Chief Charles Lazar
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Graham Stark ... Professor Auguste Balls
Oliver Cotton ... King Haroak
Aharon Ipalé ... Gen. Jaffar


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Funny has a color all its own. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comic violence and some mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


One of nine movies that Graham Stark made with director Blake Edwards. Seven of the films were "Pink Panther" pictures, it was only Blind Date (1987) and Victor Victoria (1982) that were not. See more »


Gambrelli says "ha" when Yussa shoots at him, but his mouth is closed. See more »


[first lines]
Hans Zarba: [watching a recorded surveillance video of Princess Yasmin practicing her martial arts] She's good.
Hanif: Good, huh?
Yussa: Yes, she's good.
Hanif: As good as you?
Yussa: Maybe.
Hanif: Better.
[Hanif laughs; Yussa reverse-kicks him]
Hanif: [Hans lifts Yussa by the throat] She was only showing how good she is.
Hans Zarba: I know how... good she is... or she wouldn't be with us.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


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


The Pink Panther Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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User Reviews

Clouseau crumbles
24 November 2001 | by KakuekeSee all my reviews

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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27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,129,689, 29 August 1993

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