The Mouse That Roared (1959)
The economy of the teeny-tiny European duchy of Grand Fenwick is threatened when an American manufacturer comes up with an imitation of Fenwick's sole export, its fabled wine. Crafty prime minister Count Mountjoy (Peter Sellers) comes up with a plan: Grand Fenwick will declare war on the United States. Grand Duchess Gloriana (Peter Sellers again) is hesitant: how can meek little Grand Fenwick win such a conflict? Mountjoy explains that the plan is to lose the war, then rely upon American foreign aid to replenish Grand Fenwick's treasury. Bumbling military officer Tully Bascombe (Peter Sellers yet again) leads his country's ragtag army into battle. They cross the Atlantic in an ancient wooden vessel, then set foot on Manhattan Island, fully prepared to down weapons and surrender. But New York City is deserted, due to an air raid drill. While wandering around, Sellers comes upon atomic scientist David Kossoff and the scientist's pretty daughter Jean Seberg. Kossoff has been working on the deadly "Q Bomb," a football-sized weapon with the destructive capacity of a hundred hydrogen bombs. Suddenly seized with patriotic fervor, Tully captures Kossoff, his daughter and the bomb and brings them all back to Grand Fenwick. Tully has "won" the war-precisely what he'd been told not to do. The upshot of this "victory" is that every world power converges upon Grand Fenwick to claim the Q Bomb for themselves. The satire is heavy-handed at times, but The Mouse That Roared contains several unforgettably hilarious moments, including one startling "false ending." One of the best gags involves the Columbia Pictures logo--a bit frequently cut from TV showings, worse luck. Based on one of the many "Grand Fenwick" novels by Leonard Wibberly, The Mouse That Roared was a success, yielding a Peter Sellers-less sequel, 1963's Mouse on the Moon. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for The Mouse That Roared
Sátira anti-belicista que envelheceu mal e cuja relevância diz respeito apenas à performance de Sellers como a grã-duquesa de Fenwick.
Quirky little cult movie
Even hilarious today; politics haven't changed!
A welcome return to a more innocent time in geopolitics. Also be sure to catch the mod! fab! DVD preview for Dr. Strangelove.
A witty British satire about war, diplomacy and foreign policy.
While it's easy and fair to praise Peter Sellers for his work under many guises, it's the cheeky and slightly subversive attitude of the script that kept my attention.
Sellers is great. The movie is so-so
Audience Reviews for The Mouse That Roared
A fantastic bit of classic Peter Sellers. You can always tell a good one by the fact that he plays more than one character. It's a very clever idea but it's always far to concerned with its own silliness to ever boast as much. It's that type of British nonsense that is universally appreciated that makes me proud, there just isn't enough of it around anymore and it's long overdue.
General Snippet: I warn you, madam - I know the entire Geneva Convention by heart!
Grand Duchess Gloriana: Oh, how nice! You must recite it for me some evening; I play the harpsichord.
I'm not a big fan of Sellers, but I really liked him in this movie, it's really hilarious, and he starts that trend where the same actor plays multiple characters in the same movie. The story is good too. I really liked this movie.More
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