Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)




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When the ultimate inept detective, Inspector Clouseau, disappears, the natural choice for his replacement is a similarly bumbling private eye. New York City detective Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass) is just such a man.
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Ted Wass
as Sgt. Clifton Sleigh
Herbert Lom
as Chief Inspector Charles LaRousse Dreyfus
Joanna Lumley
as Countess Chandra
Robert Loggia
as Bruno Langlois
David Niven
as Sir Charles Litton
Robert Wagner
as George Litton
as Lady Litton
Harvey Korman
as Prof. Balls
Burt Kwouk
as Cato
Leslie Ash
as Juleta Shane
Graham Stark
as Bored Waiter
Andre Maranne
as Francois
Peter Arne
as Col. Bufoni
Patricia Davis
as Michelle Chauvin
Michael Elphick
as Valencia Police Chief
Denise Crosby
as Bruno's Moll
Emma Walton
as Angry Hooker
Sidi Bin Tanney
as Lugash Secret Policeman
Liz Smith
as Marta Balls
Roger Moore
as Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Pat Corley
as Lt. Palmyra
Harold Kasket
as President Sandover Haleesh
William Hootkins
as Taxi Driver
Mollie Maureen
as Rich Old Lady
Ed Parker
as Mr. Chong
Arthur Howard
as Arthur
William Abney
as Hugo the Houseman
Hugh Fraser
as Dr. Arno Stang
Maurice O'Connell
as Maurice Steiger
Tim Wylton
as Doctor
Geoffrey Beevers
as Concierge
Rich Little
as Voice of Sir Charles Litton
Fred Personne
as French taxi driver
Patrick Murray
as Bellboy
Lawrence Davidson
as President of France
Joe Morton
as Undercover Cop
Bill Nighy
as ENT Doctor
John Joyce
as Police Commissioner
Floyd Levine
as Deputy Commissioner
David Lyons
as Hotel Doctor
Sean Caffrey
as Doorman
Weston Gavin
as 1st Mafia Boss
Marc Smith
as 2nd Mafia Boss
John Allen Cassady
as 3rd Mafia Boss
Gary Whelan
as 4th Mafia Boss
Joe Praml
as 5th Mafia Boss
Michael John Paliotti
as 1st Speedboat Man
Rolf Saxon
as 2nd Speedboat Man
Tusse Silberg
as Spanish nurse
Peter Kelly
as TV Reporter
Christopher Reich
as Gino Rossi
Andrew Carr
as 1st Valencia Policeman
Cengiz Saner
as 2nd Valencia Policeman
David Landberg
as Steiger's Guard
Hossein Karimbeik
as Lugash Secret Policeman
Jacqueline Spears
as Figure in Black
Diana Goodman
as Dreyfus's Girlfriend
Margarita Garcia
as Latin Woman
Peter Brace
as Bruno's 1st Crony
Martin Grace
as Bruno's 2nd Crony
Doug Robinson
as Bruno's 3rd Crony
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Critic Reviews for Curse of the Pink Panther

All Critics (14)

One of the weaker entries in the series.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

there's more to Clouseau than just making a mess of things

January 27, 2006

may God have mercy on Blake's soul

April 16, 2005

The curse is the absence of Peter Sellers. Poor Niven is dubbed.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

The magic is gone without Peter Sellers.

March 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

There's a special corner of hell reserved for people who try to do Clouseau without Sellers.

November 5, 2002

Audience Reviews for Curse of the Pink Panther

Radical idea: end a film series before it becomes stale. If they had not filmed this film concurrently with Trail of the Pink Panther, I doubt they would have made this film after the critical financial failure of that film. But with it already in the can, they went ahead and released it. This time instead of using alternate takes and "flashbacks" to previous films with unfunny linking material, we just have a new investigator (found by a ridiculous computer clone selection process) interviewing people (some of whom were already interviewed about Clouseau in the last film). This new guy (Ted Wass, who is awful by the way) is trying to find the missing Clouseau and Pink Panther diamond (which did get stolen again at the beginning of the previous film but that got lost in the mix of the clip show)...and it is all rather unfunny and pointless. The one good thing is the cameo of James Bond, Roger Moore, as Clouseau.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

Hollywood has this awful, awful habit of producing terrible final chapters of series. This God-awful tripe is a prime example of that behavior. Instead of letting the late, great Peter Sellers rest in peace, they talk Blake Edwards into making one final Pink Panther movie WITHOUT Sellers (kind of what they did with the Steve Martin remakes a few years ago). What's worse is that they cast this utter buffoon (Ted Wass) to play Clouseau's replacement (who isn't funny in the least bit) and then end the original Pink Panther film storyline with Clouseau apparently turning into a thief himself and turning his back on the law he fought to uphold for so many years. WTF???!!!! The movie ends with the original Pink Panther thief, David Niven, getting away scot-free. My intelligence and my movie-watching psyche were both severely insulted with this mess and I felt this was a slap in the face to the memory of all of Sellers' great Pink Panther films.


Somehow this isn't the worst one. And it's a mysteriously brisk 110 minutes to sit through. Far less painful then even the last one Peter Sellers is actually in, Revenge of the Pink Panther.

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick

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