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Inspector Clouseau (1968)





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Don't let the title beguile you. Neither director Blake Edwards, nor actor Peter Sellars, who both immortalized the bungling French investigator in the "Pink Panther" series, appear in this comedy crime outing. Edwards, who co-created the character with Maurice Richlin, was replaced by the ever competent Bud Yorkin, and Alan Arkin took over Sellar's role. So don't be fooled, but then again, don't necessarily be too disappointed, for the multi-talented Arkin is funny in his own right. The convoluted, chaotic plot centers around a criminal scheme to use the loot from the infamous Great Train Robbery to fund an even bigger heist. A Scotland Yard inspector learns of the conspiracy and calls Clouseau to investigate. It's a tricky case, for the crooks are slippery and smart. During a series of bank robberies, they wear masks of Clouseau's mug -- the casts were made by seductive women who made them while he slept -- and then package the loot in candy wrappers and send it in boxes down the Rhine on a barge.more
Rating: G
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Tom Waldman, Frank Waldman
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On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment

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Alan Arkin
as Insp. Jacques Clouse...
Delia Boccardo
as Lisa Morrel
Frank Finlay
as Supt. Weaver
Patrick Cargill
as Commissioner Sir Cha...
Beryl Reid
as Mrs. Weaver
Barry Foster
as Addison Steele
Clive Francis
as Clyde Hargreaves
John Bindon
as Bull Parker
Tutte Lemkow
as Frenchy LeBec
Anthony Ainley
as Bomber LeBec
Wallas Eaton
as Hoeffler
David Bauer
as Geffrion
Eric Pohlmann
as Bergesch
Susan Engel
as Policewoman Carmicha...
Will Stampe
as Fishmonger
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Critic Reviews for Inspector Clouseau

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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
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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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