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½ March 22, 2008
The cameo at the end is amusing, but not worth sitting through the rest of the film for.
½ March 27, 2012
Radical idea: end a film series before it becomes stale. If they had not filmed this film concurrently with Trail of the Pink Panther, I doubt they would have made this film after the critical financial failure of that film. But with it already in the can, they went ahead and released it. This time instead of using alternate takes and "flashbacks" to previous films with unfunny linking material, we just have a new investigator (found by a ridiculous computer clone selection process) interviewing people (some of whom were already interviewed about Clouseau in the last film). This new guy (Ted Wass, who is awful by the way) is trying to find the missing Clouseau and Pink Panther diamond (which did get stolen again at the beginning of the previous film but that got lost in the mix of the clip show)...and it is all rather unfunny and pointless. The one good thing is the cameo of James Bond, Roger Moore, as Clouseau.
June 5, 2010
Hollywood has this awful, awful habit of producing terrible final chapters of series. This God-awful tripe is a prime example of that behavior. Instead of letting the late, great Peter Sellers rest in peace, they talk Blake Edwards into making one final Pink Panther movie WITHOUT Sellers (kind of what they did with the Steve Martin remakes a few years ago). What's worse is that they cast this utter buffoon (Ted Wass) to play Clouseau's replacement (who isn't funny in the least bit) and then end the original Pink Panther film storyline with Clouseau apparently turning into a thief himself and turning his back on the law he fought to uphold for so many years. WTF???!!!! The movie ends with the original Pink Panther thief, David Niven, getting away scot-free. My intelligence and my movie-watching psyche were both severely insulted with this mess and I felt this was a slap in the face to the memory of all of Sellers' great Pink Panther films.
August 30, 2009
Somehow this isn't the worst one. And it's a mysteriously brisk 110 minutes to sit through. Far less painful then even the last one Peter Sellers is actually in, Revenge of the Pink Panther.
August 17, 2009
Det. Clifton Sleigh isn't funny, especially when compared to Clouseau. This film falls as flat as Inspector Clouseau. For the fans only.
January 26, 2005
[center][font=Palatino Linotype][size=5][color=white][b]Blake Edwards'[/b][/color][/size][/font][/center]
[center][b][font=Palatino Linotype][size=6][color=#ff00ff]The Pink Panther Series[/color][/size][/font][/b][/center]
[center][b][font=Palatino Linotype][size=4][color=white]Part Deux: The Rotten Side of Things[/color][/size][/font][/b][/center]
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[left][color=magenta][b]Inspector Clouseau [/b][/color][color=white]was a late 1960's attempt at a spin-off of The Pink Panther. It was produced by a different director and didn't star Peter Sellers. This film was so horrible that isn't even considered a part of the series at all and is hardly worth mentioning.[/color][/left]



[left][color=magenta][color=white]Trail of the Pink Panther[/color][/color][color=white]was produced in 1982, two years after the death of Peter Sellers. I suppose this was meant to be a tribute to the late actor, which admirable, but as a movie on it's own it is horrible. The story follows a reporter who is trying to find out what has happened to the world famous Inspector Clouseau, who has disappeared. Most of the film plays like a middle of the season sitcom recap episode in which they retell what has happened so far with clips of old episodes, in this case the previous Pink Panther movies. It's horribly boring, mainly because besides the old clips from the previous movies, it is not funny at all.[/color][/left]


[left][b][color=magenta]Curse of the Pink Panther[/color] [/b][color=white]is a step up from Trail, but that's not saying much at all, is it? This is Edwards attempt at trying to find a replacement for Sellers in the form of actor [b]Ted Wass[/b] who plays New York detective Clifton Sleigh. Clouseau's former boss, Dreyfus, hires Sleigh to find the missing Inspector. Ted Wass tries his best to fill the shoes of the late Peter Sellers with his character, who is just as bumbling as Clouseau, but fails to capture the spontaneous hillarity that Sellers was known for. Sleigh is also less of a charming character than Clouseau was.[/color][/left]


[left][color=magenta][b]Son of the Pink Panther [/b][/color][color=white]is without a shadow of a doubt the worst movie in the long running series starring Italian actor/director [b]Roberto Benigni [/b](that's right, Roberto f**king Benigni) as the illegitimate son of Inspector Clouseau. The story follows Jacques Gambrelli (Benigni) as he accidentally gets involved in a car crash with a kidnapper and Clouseau's former boss, Dreyfus. After realizing who Gambrelli is, Dreyfus sends him on what he hopes to be a suicide mission to arrest the kidnappers and save a princess. Simply put, there isn't an existing word that can describe how horrible this film is.[/color][/left]


[left]Peter Sellers left a strong legacy with the Pink Panther series. It is a shame that Blake Edwards decided to milk the reputation of the series and Sellers even after his death. 25 years after his death, another director and another actor are attempting to ressurect the late Inspecter who will now be played by Steve Martin in a remake of the original Pink Panther film. Truly, Clouseau died with Peter Sellers.[/left]
½ April 11, 2015
What the hell was Blake Edwards thinking????
November 30, 2011
I own this on DVD in an eight movie pack along with:
* The Pink Panther (1963)
* A Shot In The dark (1964)
* The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
* The Revenge Of The Pink Panther (1978)
* Trail Of The Pink Panther (1982)
* The Pink Panther (2006)
* The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
May 2, 2010
The character of Clifton Sleigh refreshes the tired series. This time Edwards took a much better approach by intruducing new protagonist instead of turing Wass into new Clouseau. Aldough Wass can't replace Sallers, the movie delivers a couple of funny gags. Although the Roger Moore cameo is lame for the most part. Some of the minor jokes don't work because of uneven comedic timing. Personaly I felt that the film had potential of taking the series into a new direction and I wish that this approach was maintained, so that we could see some more of Detective Sleigh. Instead we get the three terible follow-ups.
½ December 9, 2013
More painful to watch than actually funny.
½ May 18, 2013
I give the story a 2.5, but the humor a 3. Some of this one, was actually very very funny. Fitfully so. and like Trail, it even had Robert Wagner, David Niven and the whole cast of people that worked in all the movies all together, but in a plot, not just remembering Clouseau. But still missed Sellers.
March 11, 2013
What I really loved about the Peter Sellers films was how Inspector Clouseau would mispronounce certain words which combined with the bumbling actions of Inspector Clouseau were very entertaining, however in Curse of the Pink Panther the film falls flat with the fact that the new character of Clifton Sleigh as the bumbling actions down but not the same comedy that came from the tone and pronunciations of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau.
December 21, 2011
A movie that doesn't have Peter Sellers in it doesn't work. Even the actors from the first movies can't save this shitty movie.
January 6, 2013
Malgré l'apparition géniale de Roger Moore, ça reste très moyen et inutile. Edwards exploite son bébé jusqu'au boutisme.
December 23, 2012
has some LOL moments but is sadly quiet forgetful
September 23, 2012
Bien meilleure que les autres suites car depourvues du personnage de CLOUSEAU (hors un cameo genial de ROGER MOORE), L'HERITIER DE LA PANTHERE ROSE recele de quelques perles comiques dues a TED WASS et HERBERT LOM, mais reste quand meme bien trop long et previsible. Il est temps que la saga s'arrete.
September 6, 2012
While making Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), Blake Edwards made another Pink Panther film, in the hope of continuing the series with another detective. Some of the gags have been seen before in previous Pink Panther films, but it does feel tired and lacking, and it ended in a $180 million lawsuit between Edwards and MGM/UA, so there was more excitement off the screen than on-screen. With Clouseau missing, Interpol utilize the Huxley 600 computer to find a detective to find Clouseau, but Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), doesn't want Clouseau back, so he rigs the computer to find the worst detective in the world, and he's found in New York City Police Sergeant Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass). Dreyfus believes Sleigh will never solve the case, but he ends up being more clumsier than Clouseau, and but his luck helps him move forwards with the case. Leading him to Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) and his nephew George (Robert Wagner), but while Sleigh progresses with the case, mob boss Bruno Langlois (Robert Loggia) and Dreyfus try to kill him in an attempt to stop him finding Clouseau. It's not as bad as what critics say, especially when compared to comedies made now. But, Sellers as Clouseau was still fresh in people's minds, and while Wass of Soap does well with the physical comedy, he lacks Sellers' wordplay. Edwards originally wanted Rowan Atkinson to play Sleigh, who was originally written as an English constable. Oh, what could have been(!!) Plus, Roger Moore cameos.
April 30, 2012
I liked this movie(: haha It was amusing and funny.
½ March 27, 2012
Radical idea: end a film series before it becomes stale. If they had not filmed this film concurrently with Trail of the Pink Panther, I doubt they would have made this film after the critical financial failure of that film. But with it already in the can, they went ahead and released it. This time instead of using alternate takes and "flashbacks" to previous films with unfunny linking material, we just have a new investigator (found by a ridiculous computer clone selection process) interviewing people (some of whom were already interviewed about Clouseau in the last film). This new guy (Ted Wass, who is awful by the way) is trying to find the missing Clouseau and Pink Panther diamond (which did get stolen again at the beginning of the previous film but that got lost in the mix of the clip show)...and it is all rather unfunny and pointless. The one good thing is the cameo of James Bond, Roger Moore, as Clouseau.
July 2, 2011
The trademark to Pink Panther was Sellers, not sequels without Sellers!
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