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Not as bad as some make out!,
This review is from: Trail Of The Pink Panther [DVD] (DVD)
Ok you may be wondering how Peter Sellers is the star of this film when production began a good few months after his death. The answer is that the film uses deleted scenes starring Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, to make a new Pink Panther story. The end result is quite surprising.
Most of the deleted scenes are taken from The Return of The Pink Panther and The Pink Panther Strikes again. They are peiced together surprisingly well with added help from new scenes featuring Herbert Lom as Dreyfuss.
Many of Clouseaus scenes are very funny and you would't even know they were deleted scenes as they work so well. And the new scenes with Dreyfuss and Francais are just as good.
It is only when the film reaches the half way point, that it goes down hill. Clouseau is reported missing after his plane doesn't land, and it is up to a news reporter (played by Joanna Lumley) to document his life in order to piece together a possible solution to his disapearance.
During the second half the reporter interviews people that knew Clouseau, including a funny scene with Dreyfuss, Hercule his assisant from A Shot in the Dark and The Phantom played once again by a frail David Niven and Clouseau's ex-wfe. It is actually a pleasure to see these old faces, with the interviews being enhanced by the inclusion of clips from the past films.
The film ain't to bad at all, a few jokes go a bit to far, especailly in the costume shop and with Clouseaus father, but all in all an enjoyable movie.
If nothing else, it is a superb tribute to the late great Peter Seller. Worth a watch!