The Pink Panther

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Peter Sellers is at his virtuosically bumbling best in The Pink Panther, a sophisticated caper blessed with an unforgettably slinky score by Henry Mancini.

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In this first film of the beloved comic series, dashing European thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) plans to steal a diamond, but he's not the only one with his eyes on the famous jewel known as the "Pink Panther." His nephew George (Robert Wagner) also aims to make off with the gem, and to frame Charles for the crime. Blundering French police inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) intercedes, but finds his career -- and his freedom -- jeopardized.

Cast & Crew

Peter Sellers
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
David Niven
Sir Charles Lytton
Robert Wagner
George Lytton
Capucine
Simone Clouseau
Brenda De Banzie
Angela Dunning
John Le Mesurier
Defence Barrister
Dick Crockett
Associate Producer
Henry Mancini
Original Music
Philip H. Lathrop
Cinematographer
Ralph E. Winters
Film Editor
Fernando Carrere
Art Direction
Reg Allen
Set Decoration
Giancarlo Leonardis
Hair Stylist
Guy Luongo
Production Supervisor
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Critic Reviews for The Pink Panther

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Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther

  • Nov 25, 2017
    Inspector Clouseau may not be the main character, but Peter Sellers steals the show in this a delightful comedy that boasts Henry Mancini's classic theme and some very funny moments (many of them improvised), even if its sense of humor may feel a bit dated sometimes.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2012
    the whole film is stolen by sellers who becomes Inspector Clouseau. What is suppose to be a heist film with some humour is saved by Sellers. the film has a well rounded cast and does well for the most part. the only real let down is the film fails to create any real laughs for its main star. Blake Edwards creates a fine looking film with a fun chase scene and party scene. the film is uneven in its humour and story department but if you are not here for a pure comedy you'll enjoy the slow burning plot. Edwards would create better Pink Panther films following this but the plot is essentially a complicated heist going wrong. Sellers in a supporting role is superb as Clouseau which would become he's most iconic role. the film basically lacks humour when he is off screen which does create a slight boredom with the film. Niven is fine in the lead and gives a well rounded performance. the film is well cast but cannot overcome Sellers who is just too funny for a supporting role. the climatic chase scene is superb and very funy. I know there are much funnier pink panther films but this is still a classic in its own right. Edwards created a character of real substance to audiences and would provide for some greater films to follow. Sellers really stole the film and created something special.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2012
    Altho this film made Sellers a star, he is merely one character in Edwards' ensemble piece homage (one of many he made) to older films. Witness the rethought Marx Brothers mirror dance. And Capucine is easily as funny as Sellers and really is Ginger Rogers to his Astaire comically speaking. Its a tad dated now, yes, but still a smile worthy piece with the charm of its stars performing Edwards' choreography of sight gags.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I'm not a big fan of Sellers, and his inspector Clouseau character is really annoying and I didn't find him very funny, not that Martin's Clouseau is any better in the remake, he's worse actually. Still, the story and the rest of the cast is pretty good, so I'd say this movie is okay.
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