The Mouse That Roared

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In this film, the tiny country of Grand Fenwick faces economic ruin when their chief export of wine loses out to a California vintage. They declare war on the United States, hoping to receive money to rebuild the country after they lose. However, things don't go according to plan.


Peter Sellers
as Tully Bascombe, Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, Prime Minis
Jean Seberg
as Helen Kokintz
William Hartnell
as Will Buckley
David Kossoff
as Prof. Kokintz
Monty Landis
as Cobbley
Leo McKern
as Benter
Colin Gordon
as BBC Announcer
Jacques Cey
as Ticket Collector
Stuart Saunders
as Cunard Captain
Ken Stanley
as Cunard 2nd Officer
Bill Nagy
as US Policeman
Mavis Villiers
as Telephone Operator
Charles Clay
as British Ambassador
Henry de Bray
as French Ambassador
Billy Edwards
as Army Captain
Austin Willis
as US Secretary of Defense
Guy Deghy
as Soviet Ambassador
Monte Landis
as Cobbley
Larry Cross
as Chester Beston
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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.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer

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