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Inspector Clouseau Review


Weak
Few have seen this film, the third movie in the Pink Panther series (four years after A Shot in the Dark), a film which reunited, well, none of the original film's cast and crew. Starring a tragically miscast Alan Arkin and directed by a heavy-handed Bud Yorkin, Inspector Clouseau gives us the title character in another silly mystery (primarily involving bank robbers wearing Clouseau masks), but it's filtered as if through a carnival ride instead of Sellers' impeccible sense of timing. The film suffers without him and is instantly forgettable.

Trail Of The Pink Panther Review


Weak
In 1980, Peter Sellers died. In 1982, Trail of the Pink Panther, with Sellers as the headliner, was released by a studio hungry to capitalize further on the popular series.

Trail certainly isn't historically unique in its use of archival footage to create a role for a passed-on movie star, but it's inarguably one of the ballsiest attempts at it. Sellers isn't some bit player (like Lawrence Olivier in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), he's the star. He's Inspector freakin' Clouseau, and he's in more than half of the running time of the film.

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The Party Review


Good
Peter Sellers makes one of his biggest character stretches here as Indian nincompoop Hrundi V. Bakshi, a film extra who accidentally demolishes the set, then finds himself mistakenly invited to a big Hollywood dinner party. His bumbling begins the moment he steps foot in the door. Literally: He loses his shoe in a fountain, doesn't have a seat at the table, and dunks a piece of artwork in the toilet. Little bizarrely hilarious moments don't quite make the movie on their own, but for Sellers and/or Blake Edwards fans, it's totally worth a look.
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