Inspector Clouseau (1968)





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With Alan Arkin stepping into a role so completely identified with Peter Sellers, this comedy is something of an oddity. This time Closeau is called to England by Scotland Yard, to investigate of a series of robberies with the expected bumbling results.

Rating: G
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Waldman, Frank Waldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment



as Insp. Jacques Clouse...

as Lisa Morrel

as Supt. Weaver

as Commissioner Sir Cha...

as Mrs. Weaver

as Addison Steele

as Clyde Hargreaves

as Bull Parker

as Frenchy LeBec

as Bomber LeBec

as Hoeffler

as Geffrion

as Bergesch

as Stockton

as Policewoman Carmicha...

as Fishmonger
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Critic Reviews for Inspector Clouseau

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Gee, what a bad idea.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Inspector Clouseau


This movie was made by United Artist after the success of A Shot In The Dark. Peter Sellers didn't want to do it and neither did Blake Edwards. Without them this movie fell flat. Alan Arkin played Clouseau but it was his own version. Without the aloofness of Seller's Clouseau it just wasn't as funny. They threw in some James Bond jokes and they stole the rubber mask ploy from the Mission Impossible TV show. The funniest part of Seller's Clouseau was his outrageous French accent and is mispronunciation of the simplest of English words. Alan Arkin's accent wasn't that funny. In a way Arkin played Clouseau too seriously. Arkin had Clouseau showing self doubt while Seller's Clouseau was totally clueless. I saw 5 minutes of this movie on TV once while channel surfing and didn't realize till years later what I had seen.

It is clear very early on in this one why this film is so overlooked in the Pink Panther film series. After disagreements during the filming of "A Shot in the Dark", Director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers vowed to never work together again...but the series was still popular, and the studio wanted more...but they still couldn't manage to convince either party to return, not even one. So without the backbone of the series (Edwards and Sellers) this film really suffers. I usually like Arkin, but he is really miscast as Clouseau, and he doesn't come close to filling the shoes of Sellers. The film also feels a little too much like a Bond parody as opposed to just a bumbling detective story, so I'm not even sure the film would have succeeded if Sellers had returned. So this was a failure, and it's often forgotten status in the series is pretty warranted.

Ken Scheck

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