Revenge of the Pink Panther is the sixth film in The Pink Panther comedy film series. Released in 1978, it is the last entry released during the lifetime of Peter Sellers, who died in 1980. It is also the last entry to be distributed solely by United Artists, which was purchased by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1981. The opening credits are animated by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. This is Graham Stark’s first stint as Professor Auguste Balls. He portrays him once more in Son of the Pink Panther (1993).
To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier (Robert Webber) decides to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Once Clouseau’s death has been announced, the former Chief Inspector, Charles Dreyfus, feels much, much better and is released from the mental hospital. Jacques Clouseau tries to take advantage of his “death” and goes under cover with Cato (Burt Kwouk) to find out who tried to assassinate him.
This, to me, is where the downfall of the Pink Panther films began. This movie is pretty lackluster with a plot that was just pulled over from the last film and it tried way too hard to keep in continuation with the last two films but falter miserably. There’s still some funny moments in this but they are more sporadic and some are just lazy.
Overall, it’s a decent film but that to me is the worst of the Sellers Pink Panther films by far.
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