Curse of the Pink Panther

@Rollo1 (16649)
Boston, Massachusetts
December 17, 2015 8:44am CST
The Boy loves the Pink Panther movies, but not having grown up with them as I did, he didn't realize how bad this movie was going to be. See, he has seen the original Pink Panther movie and a remake with Steve Martin. I forgive him because he is only a teenager. I agreed to watching this movie before I realized it had been filmed three years after Peter Seller's death. The idea is that Inspector Clouseau has disappeared. Inspector Dreyfuss doesn't really want him found, so he engages the services of the worst detective in the world who turns out to be an American version of Clouseau. I don't fault Ted Wass, he was as good as anyone could be in that role. But the whole film felt odd and wrong. The first thing I noticed is that when David Niven spoke, someone else's voice came out of his mouth. I discovered that this was Niven's last film and his voice was too soft and incomprehensible so they overdubbed it. I do wonder why they didn't find someone who sounded more like him. Heck, I could do a better David Niven impression. I found it all to be in bad taste, including having a Clouseau who was bandaged around the head for most of the film due to having cosmetic surgery, and who was revealed at the end to look exactly like Roger Moore. Moore was apparently too embarrassed to admit to being in the film, because he is credited as Turk Thrust II. Let's face it - The Pink Panther, the movie that started it all, was funny. The sequel A Shot in the Dark was hilarious. After that, though, the only reason to watch Pink Panther movies was to see Peter Sellers doing familiar gags that we loved despite the fact that they consisted mostly of exaggerated accented pronunciations and slapstick. The Curse of the Pink Panther was a movie consisting of only the supporting characters and foils for Inspector Clouseau. It lacked the one ingredient that makes a film a "Pink Panther" film - Peter Sellers. Never watch this film. It is more than a waste of a couple of hours. It is not paying homage to Peter Sellers, it is simply a ripoff. It's tasteless, unfunny and somewhat depressing to know that we will not see Peter Sellers pop up in his famous trenchcoat and hat and that David Niven died soon after the film was made.
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@WorDazza (10053)
• Manchester, England
17 Dec 15
"I was known as the Pavlova of the parallels". Absolutely classic scene!!!
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
He is likely to get a "beump" on the head with such antics.
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@WorDazza (10053)
• Manchester, England
18 Dec 15
@Rollo1 Indeed! He's definitely a cheeky meunkey!!
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@JudyEv (121012)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Dec 15
I didn't see this. I did like David Niven though and enjoyed his two books - maybe he wrote more but I liked The Moon is a Balloon and Bring on the Empty Horses.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
I never read any of his books, but he was a very interesting man who led an interesting life.
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@JudyEv (121012)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Dec 15
@Rollo1 His books are entertaining and fun to read.
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@JESSY3236 (6224)
• United States
18 Dec 15
I loved those movies too. It's sad how remakes aren't as good as originals. Like The Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis was so much better than the Eddie Murphy movie.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Dec 15
I just know I wouldn't like the remake of Nutty Professor, so I never have watched it. Sometimes the plots just don't work with the modern remakes.
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
17 Dec 15
These films never seemed much good to me when they first came out. Peter Sellers took a good role in the radio show The Goons, but in my opinion was hopeless in film.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
He did films other than the Pink Panther series, some comical, some not. He was nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar for "Being There" and won a Golden Globe for best actor for it. I think you have to look at Clouseau as a specific character he did. I think he had more range, though it was rarely seen.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
18 Dec 15
@Rollo1 I was aware of his career covering far more than just the Pink Panther series, but he just did not amuse me after The Goons.
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• Preston, England
20 Dec 15
@Rollo1 Being There was great as was Dr Strangeglove
@seren3 (387)
• Los Angeles, California
18 Dec 15
Thanks for the warning! I love the old films and I am a fan of David Niven and have read both his books. I'll re-watch the old ones if I feel the urge for the Pink stuff.
@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Dec 15
We watched the original a few weeks ago. This last one was terrible and not funny.
@Platespinner (16515)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
18 Dec 15
Thanks for heads up. I can see my husband picking that up somewhere and saying "look another Pink Panther movies...."
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
It was a really sad movie if you ask me.
@sueznewz2 (9835)
• Alicante, Spain
17 Dec 15
I didn't like any of them...or the cartoon versions either....
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
The cartoon Pink Panther was a whole other animal.
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Dec 15
I only ever saw the first Pink Panther, watched it with friends on a movie night, Now I will definitely not watch The Curse of the Pink Panther, seems it was aptly named...
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
There are lots of other Pink Panther movies that are worth a look, though.
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@celticeagle (117590)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Dec 15
Great one. Enjoyed Peter Sellers and David Kniven. He wrote a book about his times in the movies.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
David Niven was a very interesting fellow.
@LadyDuck (151712)
• Switzerland
17 Dec 15
Thank you for the advice, I would not watch this film. I liked the first Pink Panther, it was hilarious.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Dec 15
A Shot in the Dark is better than the first Pink Panther. The rest are not as funny, but they are predictably Peter Sellers and have some charm for that reason alone.
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@jaboUK (53528)
• United Kingdom
17 Dec 15
I wouldn't have watched it anyway, but I'll definitely avoid it now.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Dec 15
I found it reprehensible to make money off the character that Sellers made famous. It was a terrible concept.
@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
18 Dec 15
Thank you for the heads up on this. I don't usually watch these kinds of movies but I know now for sure I won't watch this one.
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@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
18 Dec 15
Dont know if I saw one
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@marlina (72550)
• Canada
17 Dec 15
I was never a fan of Pink Panther but my husband was.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25371)
• United States
17 Dec 15
Thanks for the warning Anja. I hate to be disappointed.
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@gudheart (12752)
17 Dec 15
I have never actually watched them but remember my brother and sister watching the movies or shows back in the day :D
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Dec 15
My father loved watching the Pink Panther cartoons and movies with Peter Sellers. He would sit and laugh until he cried. I haven't seen the movie you are referring to and I definitely wouldn't want to see it now. Great movie review or should I say in regards to the movie?