Movies In My Collection #197: Son Of The Pink Panther

Yeah, those shots of the Panther looking shocked pretty much sum up everybody’s reaction to the film…and mine too.

Son of the Pink Panther (1993) is a continuation of The Pink Panther film series. Directed by Blake Edwards, it stars Roberto Benigni as Inspector Clouseau’s illegitimate son. Also in this film are Panther regulars Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk and Graham Stark and a star of the original 1963 film, Claudia Cardinale. It was the final film for both filmmaker Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini; Edwards retired from movie making, and Mancini died the following year.

Princess Yasmin of Lugash (Debrah Farentino) is abducted in French territorial waters to force her father to abdicate and allow her disgraced stepmother’s lover, a military general with terrorist ties to an unfriendly neighboring kingdom to claim the throne. Police Commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is tasked with solving the case of the kidnapped princess. While investigating her disappearance in the South of France, he has a run-in with the kidnappers, and a local gendarme, Jacques Gambrelli (Roberto Benigni). Gambrelli opens the trunk of the kidnapper’s van and unknowingly spies the Princess who he believes is the driver’s sister en route to the hospital. During the investigation, Dreyfus learns that Gambrelli is in fact the illegitimate son of the late Inspector Jacques Clouseau, which leads to the injured (by Gambrelli) Dreyfus sending the clutzy cop off to rescue the princess and prove himself his father’s true heir.

Despite a pretty impressive opening with some great animation, this movie is a complete mess. There was absolutely no creativity brought into this at all and it was just nothing but a stupid cashgrab. It was a mess of a film that had no funny jokes, no creativity, no effort put into it, it was only done to make for the 30th anniversary of The Pink Panther franchise.

This is, without a doubt, the worst Pink Panther film ever in my opinion, it’s a fucking disgrace to the franchise that has no effort and thought process put into it .

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The Pink Panther

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