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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu




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In search of a secret formula to prolong his life, Dr. Fu Manchu must battle his arch rival, a Scotland Yard detective named Nayland Smith, for the right to world domination. Peter Sellers stars as both Nayland Smith and Dr. Fu Manchu in his final film appearance.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rudy Dochtermann, Jim Moloney
In Theaters:
Warner Bros.


Peter Sellers
as Dennis Nayland Smith...
Helen Mirren
as Alice Rage
David Tomlinson
as Sir Roger Avery
Sid Caesar
as Joe Capone
Simon Williams
as Robert Townsend
Steve Franken
as Pete Williams
John Sharp
as Sir Nules Thudd
Clément Harari
as Dr. Wretch
Burt Kwouk
as Fu's Servant
Clive Dunn (II)
as Keeper of the Keys
Grace Coyle
as Queen Mary
Rene Aranda
as King George V
Iska Khan
as Fu's Sergeant
Jacqueline Fogt
as Woman Dignitary
Katia Chenko
as Tour Guide
Marc Wilkinson
as Conductor
George Hilsdon
as Newsvendor
Phil Tan
as Dacoit
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Critic Reviews for The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Sad, sad end to Peter Sellers' great movie career. Lackluster at best.

February 17, 2008

Another movie that wastes Sellers.

August 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For the sake of the late, great, brilliant Peter Sellers, let's all just forget this movie even exists.

July 26, 2002

Improves with age and comparison to newer junk

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

Peter Sellers plays the titular character, Fu Manchu, a Chinese evil genius who is in the process of stealing all the world's largest diamonds. It's 1933 and Fu Manchu is 168 years old, and uses the diamonds to create an elixir to keep him alive. Some funny, rather offensive things wouldn't make it in a Hollywood film nowadays, but overall slow and uneven.


This has two things going for it. Fu Manchu and Peter Sellers. Unfortunately that's not enough to rescue this mess. Worth a look see if you're a completist for either of the two aforementioned factors.

Brad West

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Quotes

Dr. Fu Manchu: [to Chinese henchman played by Burt Kwok] You look familiar.
– Submitted by RouX R (3 years ago)

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