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A Movie A Day: THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN (1976)
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Published at: Sept. 14, 2008, 3:22 a.m. CST



Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day. [For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.] Now this is what I’m talking about. I can’t pass full judgment on THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER until I see the full flick (thanks Scratchy McScratchalot DVD), but the first half showed me a movie where Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers were struggling to find the right tone and pace, rusty after years of being away from the universe of Inspector Clouseau. They still came up with some funny stuff, particularly in the Cato fight scene, but something was just off and I felt it as a viewer. It’s like Sellers wasn’t fully invested. But not with THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN. It’s like THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER was their warm up and when Sellers and Edwards followed it up they knew what kind of movie to do and were firing on all cylinders. Of course, Herbert Lom was my favorite surprise of the series and they had the brilliant idea to involve him a ton more here.

We open in an insanitorium where Dreyfus is meeting with his psychiatrist and convincing him that his furious hatred of Clouseau is now under control and he’s ready to be released into the world again. The psychiatrist tries to psych him out, but Lom just laughs him off. He’s cured. A time is set for Lom to go before a committee, but that’s just a formality before he’s released. Lom takes a nice stroll around the grounds and guess who pops up. After sending Dreyfus into a pond a few times, Clouseau and he have a chat. Clouseau is now holding down Dreyfus’ old job and Dreyfus has some trouble with it, but he struggles to keep his composure. Afterall, Clouseau is there to speak on his behalf, which is what really sets Dreyfus off when he finds out, seeing his freedom now in jeopardy by the man he hates the most in this world. Of course, by the end of the opening, Dreyfus is once again raging and trying to kill Clouseau, his freedom now taken from him. Then we get what is probably my favorite so far of the Pink Panther animated credits sequences set to Henry Mancini’s awesome music. I loved this sequence because a great majority of it is set in a movie theater as the cartoon Clouseau watches various film clips of The Pink Panther in different movies. We get Frankenpanther, Singin’ In The Rain Panther, Buster Keaton Panther… for a movie geek, it was definitely the most fun opening (and we get a Jaws reference in the closing credits!). And to my great surprise the next scene opens with Lom, now escaped from the asylum, shadowing Clouseau, trying to kill him. What a brilliant idea for a Pink Panther movie. Seriously, it’s a great way to break the formula of the previous movies. Clouseau bumbles his way into discovering this thief or uncovering that mystery. Not here. Here it’s Clouseau bumbling his way into avoiding death at every turn, stalked by a crazy man. Lom’s first attempt at assassination is being stringed up in the apartment underneath Clouseau’s as he returns home and suspects Cato is waiting in ambush. He karate-stances his way though the apartment, making a mess of things, of course, but there’s no Cato. When Cato does jump out of his hiding place it is my absolute favorite Cato fight. Nunchakus comes out of nowhere, the men creep around the apartment, barely missing each other and when they fight it’s hilarious. The slow motion screams of fury as Clouseau jump kicks and misses is so ridiculously over-dramatic and goes on for so long that I was rolling.

Then when Dreyfus falls in the apartment below them they do the same effect and I was crying. They do sound humor! While still upstairs we hear the muffled version of the slow-motion screaming as Dreyfus falls below Clouseau and Cato. Brilliant. Dreyfus ultimately decides it’s foolish trying to kill Clouseau himself and ends up masterminding a team of robbers and killers to do the job for him. He also hedges his bet by kidnapping a scientist and his daughter to build him a doomsday machine that can disintegrate anything and he makes an announcement to the world that he will use it on a large city if Clouseau isn’t killed. Suddenly Clouseau is being hunted by the world’s best assassins, each country hoping to be the one who kills him so they can get control of the awesome power of the Doomsday Machine. Of course that leads to one of the best sequences of any of the Panther films as these assassins converge on Clouseau at an Oktoberfest in Germany, taking out each other and failing miserably at getting Clouseau. One of the assassins is noneother than Deep Roy, who was all the Oompa Loompas in the Tim Burton Wonka remake.

Leslie-Anne Down, of all people also makes an appearance as a Russian hit-woman who falls in love with Clouseau… the reasons for her love are hilarious, but I won’t spoil it. Of the series so far, this film and the original two are great examples of how this series works. And maybe the end of RETURN makes up for what I felt was a lackluster and a little hollow beginning, but I can’t say until I can see the whole thing. STRIKES AGAIN goes into some ridiculous-ass territory. The Doomsday Machine is straight out of the Batman TV show as a ridiculously unreal weapon or threat and Lom is a cartoon character, but goddamnit if you can’t tell that everybody’s have a good time here. And the parallel bars moment with Clouseau is one of the hands down funniest slapstick moments of the entire series. Final Thoughts: A pleasant upswing from the downward trend of (the first half) RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER. Everybody’s enjoying themselves again and it pays off. It might cross that line and go a little too ridiculous, but if you’re at all like me you’re enjoying yourself too much to care. Seller’s hunchback disguise is awesome and Herbert Lom is my goddamn hero. Tomorrow takes us to our second to last PANTHER flick, REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER. Looking forward to seeing the series out, even if I am a little nervous about TRAIL…

The schedule for the next 7 days is: Sunday, September 14th: REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (1978) Monday, September 15th: THE TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER (1982) Tuesday, September 16th: THE REAL GLORY (1939) Wednesday, September 17th: THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (1926) Thursday, September 18th: THE COWBOY AND THE LADY (1938) Friday, September 19th: DAKOTA (1945) Saturday, September 20th: RED RIVER (1948) -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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September 12th: The Return of the Pink Panther

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  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST

    keep 'em coming, quint...

    by Eats_sandwich_gets_laid.

    any decision on the all-horror Halloween?

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    eats

    by Quint

    It's been decided. I'm compiling probably 50-60 horror titles and throwing them in a box, picking one randomly each day. Recent (but obscure) foreign horror, cheesy '80s horror, some of the Lewtons I didn't get to, drive-in, exploitation horror, etc. The regular column schedule will stop September 30th and start again November 1st.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    good golly....

    by damagedinc

    Quint is making this place cool again...Quint, how're you on your Orson Welles filmography? I've been watching the non-standard stuff for the first time lately and it's been yielding a lot...

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Do you know what kind of a beumb it was?

    by greenleaf

    The exploding kind.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST

    damaged

    by Quint

    There are a few titles on this list coming up, but I need a lot more. I've seen Kane, The Third Man, Touch of Evil and a few others that are eluding me at the moment. Love all the ones I've seen, but there are tons more. Hitting one of Shakespeare movies later in the column. I'll keep an eye out for more Welles.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Do you have a reeeeum?

    by Denty420

    The exchange between Sellers and Graham Stark concerning the dog is one of the funniest things I ever saw.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Quint...

    by damagedinc

    I ordered "Chimes at Midnight"/"Falstaff" this week along with his "Macbeth" and "Othello". "Chimes at Midnight" is supposed to be his forgotten masterpiece and even though my Shakespeare is spotty, I'm looking forward to seeing it. It's supposed to be one of his flagship performances. If you get a chance, read up on it.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST

    magical

    by Quint

    Totally. Such a great scene.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    also...

    by damagedinc

    the Criterion version of Mr. Arkadin is the nerdiest choose-your-own-adventure-esque collection I've ever watched. Totally over the top and totally awesome. The movie has no tangible definitive version so it's crazy and disorienting to sift through 8 versions of the story knowing that not a single one of them is the ultimate production.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Leonard Rossiter is fantastic

    by Samson_K

    As the Scotland Yard detective that almost acts as a surrogate Dreyfus in London - the scene where his other detectives are talking to him as the doctor is removing buckshot from his arse is fantastic.<BR><BR>It also features the brilliant Inspector Clouseau theme - used to great and wonderful effect during Clouseau's attempts to break into the castle<br><BR>And of course the Pavlova of the Parrallels until Rossiter gets shot is unbearably funny!<BR><BR>This is one of my top twenty movies - 'Hello, is there anyone hiding there in the daaaaark?'

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    It's all downhill from here..

    by earlfist

    Although I still think Return is the funniest, I also love this one as it gives Herbert Lom the spotlight. By now though Sellers Health was fading and I think it shows. He was only in his fifties but he had severe problems. It is a tragedy really that a man who bought pleasure to millions who didn't know him, and bought nothing but misery to those who did know him never found any kind of peace of mind. Trail is a piece of shit. Not as bad as curse but nearly. Even the Robert Beningni panther has it's moments, but the Ted Wahl version is just wrong. Good luck.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:22 a.m. CST

    And as that was such a downer...

    by earlfist

    Chimes at midnight is a bloody masterpiece. Haven't seen it for a while but the battle scenes seem to template every battle shot for the next 50 years. Also the final rejection of Falstaff has acting by Welles that would make a statue weep. I've always loved Welles quote on this movie"if I had to get into heaven on the basis of one picture it would be that one" all artists should be asked that question. Much better than the James Lipton curse word quiz.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    And as that was such a downer...

    by earlfist

    Chimes at midnight is a bloody masterpiece. Haven't seen it for a while but the battle scenes seem to template every battle shot for the next 50 years. Also the final rejection of Falstaff has acting by Welles that would make a statue weep. I've always loved Welles quote on this movie"if I had to get into heaven on the basis of one picture it would be that one" all artists should be asked that question. Much better than the James Lipton curse word quiz.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Quint, you going to do "Inspector Clouseu"?

    by Lujho

    Although starring Alan Arkin as Clouseu and not directed by Edwards, it is legitimately the 3rd film in the series. I was just wondering whether there was a reason you haven't included it in this run.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    earlfist - I think you mean Ken Wahl...

    by Lujho

    ... aka "Wiseguy", and yes, "The Return Of The Pink Panther Returns" is by far the worst of any of them, svsn Steve Martin's.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST

    typo

    by Lujho

    "svsn" should be "even" in my previous post, obviously.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Another top write-up my man

    by palimpsest

    REVENGE is a mess, though, with only a few working sequences. TRAIL and CURSE and SON are woeful beyond belief...

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    really too bad that seller grew to hate the character

    by bacci40

    he was clousea...and martin is not...no matter how hard he tries

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:59 a.m. CST

    bacci40...

    by Denty420

    Agreed. I only got through half of the 'remake' and thought that Steve Martin pissed all over Peter Sellers' legacy. The difference between Sellers and Martin is that Sellers portrayed Clouseau as a man of integrity who just happens to be clumsy and inept. Martin plays the character purely as a buffoon.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Was it "Strikes Again" ....

    by lurk3001

    ...that had that great bit. Clouseau talking to a hotel clerk.. "Does your dog bite?" "No." Clouseau reaches down to pet the dog. The dog bites. "I thought you said your dog doesn't bite!?" "That's not my dog."

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Strikes Again is the last great panther film

    by theycallmemrglass

    Revenge has laugh out loud moments but there was something definitely off about its pacing. Trail should never have happened.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Without doubt the funniest moment!

    by Charlie & Tex

    As much as we prefer Return of..., we're surprised that you didn't mention probably the funniest piece of Strikes Again, Quint. Dreyfuss is seen playing music on his elaborate pipe-organ. While this is an amusing reference to Lom starring in Hammer's Phantom of the Opera, the genius come when he's finished his brooding, intricate melody and turns away from the keys to be startled by someone he didn't know was there. The viewer thinks that this was all some sort of egotistical act for the benefit of those around him, but shows that Dreyfuss is both utterly made and rather fallable. Brilliant stuff which is overshadowed by the more obvious stuff.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    it's funny..

    by Gabba-UK

    as a kid I thought strikes again was one of the weaker ones but with some great moments. But as I've got older I've realized that it's proberbly the funniest one. Not the best at telling a story, I think the first two are that but it's definatly the funniest. Sellers is always great but Herbert Lom's performance in this just gets funnier everytime I see it. They really should have a best comedy performance Oscar for those kind of roles...

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Good stuff Quint

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The slo-mo flying karate kick is one of my favourite bits of the whole series

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Told ya!

    by HenryVIII

    Glad you enjoyed it, Quinit. Regarding Trail ... not sure what you were told, but I can guess. Yes, it was completed after Sellers had died and is largely an attempt to cash in on both his career as Clouseau, and several previously-deleted or unused clips. Tell yourself that going in and hopefully you won't be too badly disappointed. Obviously, whenever they switch to flashbacks, Sellers rocks. But it's also warm and fun to see what has become of the second bananas of the series - Dreyfuss, Cato, Hercule, etc. Hottie alert: a pre-Patsy Stone Joanna Lumley takes on a French accent as the reporter hot on Clouseau's trail. Also, a bittersweet piece of trivia - David Niven returns as Sir Charles, the now-retired diamond theif. Unfortunately, by this time in his life Niven's voice was also completely gone. So he was given a masterful and respectful overdubbing by none other the impressionist Rich Little. So bottom line ... yes, Quint, expect this movie to suck ... but not totally. There are the occasional flashes of "hey cool" and Sellers genius. For the rest of it ... I'd suggest a good stiff drink to get you through it.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Yes, we've made quite a few changes since you went crazy

    by charteredstreets

    'But that's a priceless Steinway!' 'Not anymore.'

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I completely accepted the OTT ridiculousness...

    by tonagan

    Since I think they were also trying to parody the James Bond films, it fit right in (and the Gerald Ford/Henry Kissinger bits actually made me smile).

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    zzzzzzzzzzzz *ring ring* "WHAT'S THE SCORE!!??"

    by dogstardude

    Dick Crockett's small part as Gerald Ford is one of the unsung miracles of this hilarious movie. I love how he has a lamp next to his bed which is literally a football helmet. Gold!

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Subtle favorite moment of Revenge

    by Guy Gaduois

    Clouseau's "impression" of a Swedish sailor; yes, the disguise with the bird is funny, but check out his voice and appreciate that this is a British actor doing a 'bad' french accent doing a 'bad' Swedish accent. When the informant holds out his hand, Sellers' Swede-gibberish makes me laugh so hard. <p> The sauna scene may make up for the lackluster pacing you cited in "Return" . . . I have 'hulked out' on scratched dvds before. Nothing worse than getting halfway through and thwarted. That's what she said.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    When I was a kid

    by Vicconius

    And my parents would let me stay up late to watch Pink Panther movies whenever they were on, the scene that made me laugh the hardest was when Dreyfus and Clouseau were on laughing gas and Clouseau's face was melting. I couldn't catch my breath. Still is funny.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER is pretty lousy.

    by Nosferatu Jones

    RETURN and STRIKES AGAIN are indeed great, but REVENGE is boring and unfunny beyond belief. Sellers' ended his Clouseau series on a poor note.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    "Wait, I have to tinkle."

    by VadersCrotchDoor

    When I was seven years old that line from Dreyfus made me laugh my ass off. Still does.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    okay, i'm watching it now

    by HypeEndsHere

    and the funniest bit is the slo-mo fight with cato. and he breaks the fucking nunchakus on cato's head. the NUNCHAKUS break and not Cato's head! also, here's a link to the funniest exchange between Milligan and Sellers on the Goon Show. CLASSIC COMEDY 101 starts now... http://tinyurl.com/gk4x2

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint, you hear the guy who inspired your fav. character die

    by Magic Rat

    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-limundus0914,0,320724.story heart attack. sucks.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Just Download Return

    by critch

    You already own it, there's no law there to break. http://thepiratebay.org/search/return%20of%20the%20pink%20panther/0/99/0

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    so many magic moments of comedy

    by malcolm_mccallum

    The parallels bars transcend best bits of Sellers comedy. That fall is one of the best comedy bits flat out ever. The attempts to break into the castle, the laughing gas, the Oktoberfest, the Kato fight, and every wonderful costume.... Everytime they went over the top, they did it with subtlety and respect for the character and audience. That's what Martin and Meyers do not get about Sellers. Clouseau does not know he is in a comedy.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    the best part of the parallel bars?

    by HypeEndsHere

    when he stands up and claps his hands and says, "That felt good!"

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    by malcolm_mccallum

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace, David Foster Wallace

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Of all the crappy celebrity deaths this year, this is the one that bums me out the most.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Ok I'm a moron

    by unuseddraft

    But what's the deal with Return of the Pink Panther?

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Welles

    by RenoNevada2000

    I know he didn't direct it, but JOURNEY INTO FEAR is pretty darn close to be a Welles film with him, Joseph Cottonand Agnes Moorehead in the cast.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Quint, seriously, you NEED to watch Return..

    by CeejayNightwing

    of the Pink Panther properly, it's by far and away the best out of the Pink Panther series and I'm not sure if you reviewed "A Shot in the Dark" which is the best of the two CLouseau movies without Pink Panther related subjects. Herbert Loom is great in both and Sellers is masterful!

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    *Spoiler*

    by Pandas

    Is it this one that has Clouseau walking into a dark room, seemingly walking along holding a match with the camera keeping up, and then someone turns on the light and he's on a treadmill? I think it may be this one, just before the parallel bars bit. Classic.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    After STRIKES AGAIN it's all downhill from here

    by Tacom

    TPPSA was the high point of the series. On par with A SHOT IN THE DARK. The opening at the mental hospital, the credits, the Kato fight and as you mentioned the parellel bars are great. REVENGE is okay but when Blake Edwards tried to do series after Sellers had died it was just terrible.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Quint-On Orson Wells

    by Lukecash

    I tried to watch his version of MacBeth. I was working long hours when I rented it on VHS and I fell asleep during it. At first it was because I got done working a month of 12 hour work week. But I had a weekend off, and rented it again. I fell asleep again at the same point. I'm not sure why... I may pop in the Trial, which is the only other film he had complete control of.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Not as funny as Return or A Shot in the Dark

    by superunknown85

    It was a little over the top and strange, but still slightly better than Revenge, which I think is underrated.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    my favorite part in this whole movie is...

    by Neil_the_Sheep

    It's when the inspector is leaning back in his chair and he can't get up, and he grabs the guys tie to pull him self up, thus banging his head on the desk...it's a split second gag, but gets me everytime

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Seeing the series out?

    by berserkrl

    "Looking forward to seeing the series out" -- well, depends on how you define "the series," but there are several Clouseau movies you're not including (including one of the earliest ones, with Alan Arkin). I think they are all non-Peter-Sellers though.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    FUCKING HILARIOUS.

    by alice 13

    even when you know its coming.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Blake Edward's also directed...

    by JIMBOCOP

    "Operation Petticoat" which, to my mind at least, is his best movie. It's the one with the pink US submarine and Tony Curtis pretending to be Cary Grant in Cary Grant's own movie. Top film. However, back to PP - prepare to have all affection for Edwards stripped away by the next two movies. That is all.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    best Kato fight of them all

    by Right Bastard

    I've seen this movie many, many times, and I still belly laugh when Cato does the the slow motion scream of pain. http://tinyurl.com/5jxn2g <p> Then there's the random awesome greatness http://tinyurl.com/yoylye

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    lurk3001

    by Right Bastard

    Follow the second link I posted above :)

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Quint, I know they sucked, but why not Curse Of... and Son of..?

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Quint, I know they sucked, but why not "Curse Of..." and "Son of..?" - - - I'm just being a completist here, but I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on how they ruined the integrity of the series in the end, and here you gape in shock at Ted Wass as a replacement for Peter Sellars. By the way, I'm thrilled you loved "...Strikes Again" so. It's always been my favorite.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    regarding "playing the series out"

    by Quint

    My intention going into this wasn't to go through every Clouseau movie, but to hit all the Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards Clouseaus. I'll probably hit the Alan Arkin one later in the column just because I love Arkin and I'm morbidly curious to see his (low rated) take on the character.<BR><BR>Alright, off to write up today's AMAD.

  • Sept. 15, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I knew you'd like this one.

    by skoolbus

  • Sept. 15, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Dreyfuss interrupts football game...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Even as a kid, I loved how Dreyfuss interrupted the televised football game with his mad rant, signing off just after the game ends. The "President Ford" character demands (paraphrasing here): "Call the Pentagon! Call the FBI! Call the CIA! Find out who won that game!" Classic.

  • Sept. 15, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    REALLY?

    by mraig

    I *hated* Strikes Again. This summer my dad and I rented the original Pink Panther, we loved it, we went to Blockbuster to go get "A Shot in the Dark", they didn't have it, so we got this. We were both horribly disappointed. After about forty-five minutes we just turned it off. Maybe we were just in the wrong mood for it? <P> It's just that the first Pink Panther was so suave and sophisticated and sexy and classy--it was the movie equivalent of going to a Hugh Hefner party in the 50s. Every second of Sellers as Clouseau worked for me, because the character had such humanity--he was trying to hard to hold onto his dignity, but the world kept yanking it away from him.<P> But "Strikes Again" is not even close--it's just broad slapstick, and rather than Clouseau being the well-meaning sap that you root for because he's destined to lose, he seems almost like a monster who goes around wrecking things for other people with impunity. I thought the sight gags are infinitely more elaborate than in the original, but have none of the subtlety. <P> But everyone else here seems to love "Strikes Again", so I don't know. Maybe I just went in expecting the wrong thing, or maybe my sense of humor was just impaired for the night. Does anyone else feel the same way about this one as I do?

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    The parallel bar gag

    by Subovon

    The parallel bar gag is so funny, just reading Quint's mention of it made me laugh out loud. It's one of the great slapstick moments of all time!

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I must have missed these reviews

    by O_Goncho

    Panther series was a big favorite of mine growing up but this one was far and away the best to my slapstick-loving child-eyes. I feel compelled now to go back and reassess the films from my now age-riddled point of view and see how they stand up.

  • Feb. 15, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    "it was hell down there"

    by El Borak

    great.

  • Feb. 18, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    When duty calls, you have balls

    by orcus

    Was that from this movie?