The Mouse That Roared

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When the tiny nation of Grand Fenwick's only export, a special wine, begins to be produced in California, their entire economy collapses. Things look dire until Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy (Peter Sellers) points out that no country that has declared war on the United States has ever gone hungry. When Field Marshall Tully Bascombe (Peter Sellers) and the 23 other men in the Grand Fenwick army invade the United States, their plan to immediately surrender unravels.

Cast & Crew

Peter Sellers
Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy, Tully Bascombe
Jean Seberg
Helen Kokintz
David Kossoff
Professor Alfred Kokintz
MacDonald Parke
General Snippet
Colin Gordon
BBC Announcer
Leonard Wibberley
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Roger MacDougall
Writer (Screenplay)
Stanley Mann
Writer (Screenplay)
John Wilcox
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Raymond Poulton
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Critic Reviews for The Mouse That Roared

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Audience Reviews for The Mouse That Roared

  • Dec 06, 2015
    Peter Sellers plays multiple roles in this nearly infectious yarn about an imaginary tiny and bankrupt duchy in the Swiss Alps that declares war on the United States in order to remain solvent. It's more cute than actually good.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2015
    It's very silly, but not in a clever way.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I'm not a big fan of Sellers, but I really liked him in this movie, it's really hilarious, and he starts that trend where the same actor plays multiple characters in the same movie. The story is good too. I really liked this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2009
    The Mouse That Roared was made into a 1959 film starring Peter Sellers . Other cast members included: William Hartnell (as Will Buckley), David Kossoff (as Professor Alfred Kokintz), Leo McKern (as Benter, the Opposition Leader), MacDonald Parke (as General Snippet), and Austin Willis (as the United States Secretary of Defense). The tiny (3 miles by 5 miles) European Duchy of Grand Fenwick, nestled in the Alps between Switzerland and France, proudly retains a pre-industrial economy, dependent almost entirely on making Pinot Grand Fenwick wine. The mouse of the title is really Peter Sellers, and what roared was Sellers' uniquely anarchic comic talents: he plays three roles, demonstrating his breathtaking acting range, in this somewhat dated but dead-on political satire. In the main one, he is the leader of a tiny country called Grand Fenwick that declares war on the United States in order to receive post-war aid that would rescue it from bankruptcy. In 1959, with Europe still nursing its wounds from World War II and envying the United States' prosperity, the topic was a winning one for both British and American audiences. Based on a novel by Leonard Wibberley, the archly preposterous script supposes that 20 soldiers invade New York clad in chain-mail armor. Sellers is the leader of the invading force as well as the prime minister, but his most hilarious turn involves cross-dressing as the grand duchess. The Mouse That Roared is indispensible for Sellers fans. A film even hilarious today. Politics haven't changed!!! One of my "little small diamonds" perfect for weekend.
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