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If I'm less than totally enthusiastic about The Pink Panther Strikes Again, maybe it was because I've been over this ground with Clouseau many times before.
The zaniest of the Panther movies.
In my book, THE best of the "Pink Panthers"; Sellers is quite hilarious.
Clouseau finally sends Dreyfus over the edge in what's one of the funniest entries in the series.
a doomsday device that makes things go away, i think
The most enjoyable of the '70s Pink Panther sequels.
The comedy is broader and more cartoonish than before, but it is as funny as ever.
An adequate showcase for Peter Sellers' talent, and absolutely nothing more.
Peter Sellers' makes the role of the fool look easy - but he is a genius. Strikes Again, in my opinion, is the funniest of the Pink Panther movies when it comes to one-liners and gut-busters. The scene where Clouseau interrogates the Fosbender staff may be one of the funniest things on film - EVER. But the story isn't what makes this movie good (thank goodness). "That is what I have been saying you idiot!" Clouseau's development as a character from the original Pink Panther through the later films is a testament to Sellers' genius. It's such a pity that his career was cut short. Strikes Again is one of his greatest works as Clouseau, and for non-stop laughs this is definitely the most entertaining of the Pink Panther collection.
***1/2 out of 4 stars
Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) bumbles his way through another set of adventures in the Pink Panther Strikes Again, a misleading title since the Pink Panther diamond doesn't appear in this chapter of the series (though the cartoon panther does). Former Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) has been a patient in an insane asylum since the events of Return of the Pink Panther. He escapes and attempts to murder Clouseau, but once again fails at his obsessions. Being unable to take it anymore Dreyfus gets his hands on a doomsday device and demands a ransom from the world- kill Inspector Clouseau or he'll start bringing destruction down on everyone's head. This leads to dozens of assassins hot on Clouseau's trail with hilarious results.
Strikes Again is probably the best Panther film since Shot in the Dark. The movie is filled with some great jokes and prat falls, though there are some moments that fall flat, the positives outweigh the negatives. Once again Sellers is great as Clouseau and the various disguises he employs which usually end up being utterly useless in the long run. Herbert Lom makes great use of his turn to a low rent Bond villain hell bent on killing the inspector. It's almost as if this film is a Bond parody, ahead of its time in some places (the Anglo-Russian affair in this film predates the Spy Who Loved Me by a year).
The Pink Panther Strikes Again is another great platform for Peter Sellers redemption in the 1970's. Though most of the film community had written him off he proved that he still had what it takes to be a comedic genius and a great actor.
More laughs as Inspector Clouseau manages to avoid assassination......but not on purpose! Very funny moments in this film.
Yet more of the same ham-fisted slapstick.
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