Sign In. The Pink Panther Strikes Again Hide Spoilers. One time escaped from the mental asylum , the mentally ill Dreyfuss tries to destroy the world by means of a ray-laser.
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It's never easy to fill the shoes of a legend. But at least those actors had the advantage of good material to work with. Poor Roberto Benigni, the Italian comedian who has been given the unenviable assignment of filling the shoes in which Peter Sellers stumbled so effectively. In "Son of the Pink Panther," Benigni works from a real dung heap of a script. The film is co-written by the once brilliant, but obviously very tired, director Blake Edwards and two not-so-bright writers by the names of Madeline and Steve Sunshine. In this eighth edition of the series, an Arab princess Debrah Farentino is kidnapped while in France, and Chief Inspector Dreyfus Herbert Lom, who has been in all eight films is called in to oversee the investigation. He is given a bumbling gendarme to assist him, and the moment the Inspector lays eyes on this accident-prone boob, the old eye twitch begins. He soon discovers, to his horror, that his assistant is in fact Inspector Clouseau's illegitimate son, thanks to a brief dalliance with Maria Gambrelli Claudia Cardinale , from the first "Pink Panther" film in But there's no payoff, since there is none of the familiar tension between Dreyfus and this new Clouseau.
The following is a list of characters from The Pink Panther feature film series. Jacques Clouseau is a clumsy, incompetent, but zealous policeman and detective who speaks English —with a ludicrous French accent —while other characters speak English, often with their own accents. Clouseau's accent is not emphasized in the first film, but from A Shot in the Dark onwards, the exaggerated accent became part of the joke. It has been suggested that portraying the incompetent policeman as French is based on a British stereotype of the French police or even the French population as a whole. Peter Sellers, the actor portraying Clouseau, remarked that, in his opinion, Clouseau knew he was a buffoon, but had an incredible knack for survival. Sheer luck or clumsiness usually saves him, as in the first film wherein a farcical car chase around a fountain results in the collision of all the vehicles and the capture of the thieves.
He was But then he explained that he did not want a comic actor who would play Dreyfus for laughs. He already had been in a couple of films before leaving Czechoslovakia for England in early My political inclinations were certainly leftish, but I had never been a member of the Communist Party.