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February 25, 2017
Wasn't the best direction.
August 7, 2014
Peter Sellers does a great job playing the dual roles.
½ April 24, 2012
Loosely based upon the adventure classic from 1894 by Anthony Hope, this comedy take on it was adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and directed by Richard Quine (How to Murder Your Wife (1965)), this is a routine comedy which is just an excuse for it's star to put on silly voices and do sub-Pink Panther slapstick all over again. Set in the European kingdom of Ruritania, the elderly Kind Rudolf IV (Peter Sellers) is killed in a hot air balloon accident, and the heir to the throne is his son Rudolf V (Sellers again), is currently residing in London, so General Sapt (Lionel Jeffries) and his nephew Fritz (Simon Williams) go to London to bring Rudolf home, however, Rudolf finds himself being targeted by an unseen assassin, and they're saved by London cab driver Syd Frewin (Sellers again), who bears an uncanny resemblance to Rudolf. Sapt has an idea, he convinces Sid to come with them to Ruritania, to act as a decoy for Rudolf. But, when Rudolf ends up being kidnapped by his evil half-brother Prince Michael (Jeremy Kemp), Sid ends up reluctantly taking on the role of king. It's a very silly and even for 1979, quite dated comedy-adventure, it's just a Pink Panther film disguised as a historical epic, and even Sellers is on auto-pilot thoughout, despite a cast including Norman Rossington, Elke Sommer, Graham Stark and John Laurie. When it comes to comedy versions of historical novels, Marty Feldman did it better with The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
½ April 15, 2012
Resolved: The only thing more sublime than one Peter Sellers character in a film is two.
½ February 11, 2012
Resolved: The only thing more sublime than one Peter Sellers character in a film is two.
½ August 14, 2011
Not much to see here. Peter Sellers does a good job with a bad movie, but even so it's not ever very funny.
November 1, 2010
Very cute movie... it is a typical English humor, but many a movies have been written buy this same story line.
June 6, 2010
good but hardly follows Hope's story
½ May 9, 2008
Dull, unconvincing, it looks like Sellers was going through the motions. Smacks of a Eurotrash mentality.
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