The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

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Most Inspector Clouseau fans regard The Pink Panther Strikes Again as the best of the clumsy Parisian detective's "comeback" films of the 1970s. Driven insane by the stupidities of Clouseau (Peter Sellers), ex-inspector Dreyfuss (Herbert Lom) transforms into a master criminal. Kidnapping the inventor of a death ray, Dreyfuss threatens to use the demon device indiscriminately unless Clouseau is offered as a "sacrifice." A hunted man, Clouseau is forced to adopt one transparent (but hilarious) disguise after another. He is rescued from being incinerated by Dreyfuss when Soviet spy Olga (Leslie Ann Down) falls in love with him and strives to protect him.
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Blake Edwards
Written By: Frank Waldman , Blake Edwards
In Theaters: wide
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United Artists

Cast

Peter Sellers
as Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Herbert Lom
as Former Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Colin Blakely
as Section Director Alec Drummond
Lesley-Anne Down
as Olga Bariosova
Andre Maranne
as Francois
Richard Vernon
as Dr. Hugo Fassbender
Marne Maitland
as Deputy Commissioner
Briony McRoberts
as Margo Fassbender
Dick Crockett
as President Gerald Ford
Byron Kane
as Secretary of State Kissinger
Paul Maxwell
as CIA Director
Jerry Stovin
as Presidential Aide
Phil Brown
as Virginia Senator
Bob Sherman
as CIA Agent
Robert Beatty
as US Admiral
Vanda Godsell
as Mrs. Leverlilly
Norman Mitchell
as Mr. Bullock
Patsy Smart
as Mrs. Japonica
Tony Sympson
as Mr. Shork
George Leech
as Mr. Stutterstut
Murray Kash
as Dr. Zelmo Flek
April Walker
as Pretty Lady
Hal Galili
as Danny Salvo
Dinny Powell
as Marty, the Mugger
Terry Richards
as Bruce, the Knife
Bill Cummins
as Hindu Harry
Terry Yorke
as Cairo Fred
Terry Plummer
as Kidnapper
Peter Brace
as Kidnapper
John Sullivan
as Tournier
Cyd Child
as Bouncer
Eddie Stacey
as West German Assassin
Terry Maidment
as West German Assassin
Omar Sharif
as Egyptian Assassin
Deep Roy
as Indian Assassin
Anthony Chinn
as Chinese Assassin
Herb Tanney
as Norwegian Assassin
Joe Powell
as Munich Hotel Doorman
Jackie Cooper
as Service Repairman
Harold Berens
as Hotel Clerk
Graham Stark
as Hotel Clerk
Bill Cummings
as Hindo Harry
Ivan Hunte
as Piano Player
Gordon Hunte
as Guitar Player
Josh Little
as Drummer
Joe Sampson
as Bass Player
Chris Langham
as Police Driver
James Warrior
as Police Constable
Patrick Jordan
as Detective
Fred Haggerty
as Munich Hotel Doorman
Julie Andrews
as Singing voice of Ainslie Jarvis
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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The zaniest of the Panther movies.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

In my book, THE best of the "Pink Panthers"; Sellers is quite hilarious.

February 21, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther Strikes Again

½

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. Story: B+ Acting: A- Direction: A- Visuals: B Overall: B+ ***1/2 out of 4 stars

Matthew Rodrigues
Matthew Rodrigues

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.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman
½

More laughs as Inspector Clouseau manages to avoid assassination......but not on purpose! Very funny moments in this film.

Dean King
Dean King

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