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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu




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Peter Sellers gets to play both hero and bad guy at the same time in this comedy variation on Sax Rohmer's infamous stories of Asian super-villian Fu Manchu. The 168-year-old Fu Manchu (Sellers) is starting to run out of the youth-preserving formula that has kept him alive and kicking for the past eight or so decades, and he decides it's high time he made up some more. However, the list of ingredients includes a few items you can't usually get at your corner drug store, and Fu and his minions become a crime wave of their own as they attempt to steal an ancient Egyptian mummy and the Crown Jewels of England. (In the meantime, Fu keeps his heart beating by administering himself the occasional electric shock.) When word gets out that the evil Fu Manchu is back, his long-time nemesis, Scotland Yard's Nayland Smith (also played by Sellers), is put on the case, but like Fu, Smith isn't quite the man he used to be after all these years. Peter Sellers also contributed to the screenplay of The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu without credit, and is said to have briefly taken over as director, though the results lack the snap of his best work; sadly, it would prove to be the great comic's last film. Sid Caesar, Hellen Mirren, and David Tomlinson also appear in the supporting cast.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rudy Dochtermann, Jim Moloney
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Warner Bros.


Peter Sellers
as Dennis Nayland Smith...
Helen Mirren
as Alice Rage
David Tomlinson
as Sir Roger Avery
Sid Caesar
as Joe Capone
Simon Williams
as Robert Townsend
Steve Franken
as Pete Williams
John Sharp
as Sir Nules Thudd
Clément Harari
as Dr. Wretch
Burt Kwouk
as Fu's Servant
Clive Dunn (II)
as Keeper of the Keys
Grace Coyle
as Queen Mary
Rene Aranda
as King George V
Iska Khan
as Fu's Sergeant
Jacqueline Fogt
as Woman Dignitary
Katia Chenko
as Tour Guide
Marc Wilkinson
as Conductor
George Hilsdon
as Newsvendor
Phil Tan
as Dacoit
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Critic Reviews for The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Sad, sad end to Peter Sellers' great movie career. Lackluster at best.

February 17, 2008

Another movie that wastes Sellers.

August 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For the sake of the late, great, brilliant Peter Sellers, let's all just forget this movie even exists.

July 26, 2002

Improves with age and comparison to newer junk

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu


This has two things going for it. Fu Manchu and Peter Sellers. Unfortunately that's not enough to rescue this mess. Worth a look see if you're a completist for either of the two aforementioned factors.

Brad West

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