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The Pink Panther Reviews

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Super Reviewer
November 8, 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.
Super Reviewer
September 5, 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.
Super Reviewer
June 26, 2010
hilarious. B+
Super Reviewer
½ February 14, 2010
The sequels would improve on the formula, but this is a decent start to a franchise that didn't really know it was going to start one.
Super Reviewer
½ January 8, 2009
Arguably the signature film for the immensely talented Peter Sellers and that, oddly enough, is a shame. Peter's well timed miscues and pratfalls endeared his clumsy Inspector Clouseau to a whole generation of moviegoers but this is hardly the most charismatic persona in his arsenal of personalities. If you only know Peter Sellers from this film or one of it's many sequels then you owe it to yourself to check out some of his other stuff. There is so much more to the man than a series of double-takes and sight gags.
Super Reviewer
½ January 25, 2007
subtle and fun, this film was made without any hope of one sequel let alone many and it shows in the execution. in the end it may not be the funniest or even best of the series but its a solid comedy with a memorable car chase sequence at the end.
Super Reviewer
February 7, 2009
I remember watching this back in the day, and that?s when I became a Pink Panther Fan, No one can play the part better then Peter Sellers, but seeing it in modern day its just not as funny as it was back then, maybe it was the sequel?s that were what it was that made me enjoy these movies. Its a joke that anyone could think that Steve Martin could play the role of Peter Sellers. Plenty of Slapstick humor, I sure didn't remember Sellers wife running off with the bad guys and sending him to prison. Have to give it 4 stars, If your over 35 you might enjoy it, if your 16-30 you most likely enjoy the Steve Martin version and wonder just who the heck Peter Sellers is.
Super Reviewer
January 25, 2009
I don't know what it is about David Niven but you can't root against the guy, He could play Judas and he would still play it with such charm that you wouldn't believe that he was the bad guy. That's the David Niven you get in the Pink Panther, though the other stand out in the film is the legendary Peter Sellers.

The film is about a jewel thief called The Phantom who Insp. Jacques Clouseau (Sellers) has been chasing for the better part of a decade. He sees his chance to catch him by keeping close to Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale) who is the holder of the famous Pink Panther diamond. The Phantom is there in the person of Sir Charles Lytton (Niven) who is prepared to steal the diamond from the princess through his suave demeanor and charm.

On the surface the Pink Panther feels like one of those '50's and '60's pseudo sex romps that promises a roll in the hay but never produces. Those films were like the cushioned soft core porn of the Leave It To beaver generation. Two people in the same bed!?!?! Shame! The Pink Panther rises above that from the performances of Niven, Sellers, Cardinale, Capucine (as Mrs. Clouseau), and a young Robert Wagner as the newphew of Sir Lytton. It's actually a funny film with Seller's stealing the show one bit after another. It's not as much of a time capsule as some of the other films of its era have become. A classic that started a twenty year franchise.
Super Reviewer
½ September 15, 2008
Wacky and witty caper comedy with the charm of real film stars like David Niven, Peter Sellers, and the beautiful Claudia Cardinale.
The clumsy inspector Clouseau was more like a secondary character here, but he was explored with more detail and with more hilarious results in the sequel.
Henry Mancini's score is remarkable.
Super Reviewer
July 23, 2007
A good funny film with a lot of slapstick humour.
Super Reviewer
August 24, 2007
Peter Sellers is Great!
Super Reviewer
February 27, 2007
Far more witty and subtle than the increasingly ham-fisted sequels, a pleasing caper movie all the better for the presence of the debonair David Niven.
Super Reviewer
January 14, 2007
Just plain stupid!!!!!
Super Reviewer
November 9, 2006
Peter Sellers was one of the funniest people to walk the face of the Earth and this movie is proof.
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2007
One of my favorite movie franchises of all time. Peter Sellers is a genius.
Super Reviewer
September 23, 2009
I hate to use the word overrated because it's so misused (and pointless) but Pink Panther is exactly that in regards to the beloved status it's achieved over the years. There's really nothing about this movie makes the remotest of sense and it feels like there should have been required reading to help you pick up where the "plot" begins... but that's farce, I suppose. Either you like slapstick and hallway-chase gags or you don't. This has its early 60's charm but frankly it's not my bag, mostly because it feels like a Bond film with all the sex, violence and intrigue removed...which equates to walking around aimlessly in hotel lobbies.
Super Reviewer
½ April 23, 2009
The birth of comic genius. Some big gags but moreso many small subtle ones that only the Edwards-Sellers staging can pull off. A half-star from perfect only because it's not quite as brilliant as its immediate successor 'A Shot in the Dark.' Blame David Niven for that, who thought the film was going to be about his character with the inspector in a supporting role.
Super Reviewer
August 7, 2007
I sort of liked the other films more. Since I saw the sequels first, I was a little disappointed by this one. It's a little too slow and Peter Sellers as Jacques Clouseau is more like a side character.

It's less like any of the other films. While Sellers doesn't really show his true genius until the costume party scene. David Niven basically owns this original film as a womanizer who Clouseau believes to be the thief known as the Phantom.
Super Reviewer
½ June 14, 2008
Early version of the Sellers Clouseau character, which is not quite there yet. Niven is the focus and the charm in this one.
Super Reviewer
May 11, 2007
Loved every one
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