The Pink Panther

February 10th, 2006


The Pink Panther

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Loosely based on the 1964 Peter Sellers original film, where the detective must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.2/10 (37,316 voted)

Critic's Score: 38/100

Director: Shawn Levy

Stars: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Closeau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery.

Writers: Len Blum, Steve Martin

Steve Martin - Jacques Clouseau
Kevin Kline - Charles Dreyfus
Jean Reno - Gilbert Ponton
Emily Mortimer - Nicole Durant
Henry Czerny - Yuri
Kristin Chenoweth - Cherie
Roger Rees - Raymond Larocque
Beyoncé Knowles - Xania
Philip Goodwin - Deputy Chief Renard
Henri Garcin - President
William Abadie - Bizu
Daniel Sauli - Music Producer
Jean Dell - Justice Minister Clochard
Anna Katarina - Agent Corbeille
Nick Toren - Agent Savard

Taglines: The Pink Panther diamond is missing.... And the world's greatest detective is solving the case one mistake at a time.


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [Brazil] | 20th Century Fox [France] |

Release Date: 10 February 2006

Filming Locations: Kaufman Astoria Studios - 3412 36th Street, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,220,412 (USA) (12 February 2006) (3477 Screens)

Gross: $126,121,167 (Worldwide) (20 March 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Originally, the animated title sequence was going to be done in CGI, but the filmmakers decided to stick to traditional, hand-drawn animation instead. This animation was directed by Bob Kurtz, who had worked on some of the "Pink Panther" shorts. The CGI title sequence appears as an extra on the DVD, and is partly used as menu animation.

Revealing mistakes: The gait of extra in the blue T-Shirt "walking" in front of the hotel as Clouseau arrives for his date reveals that he was not in motion before the start of the shot.

Chief Inspector Dreyfus: When I first heard the name Clouseau, he was a little nothing. Just another police officer in a small village far from Paris. He was the village idiot, I think.

User Review

A fun movie, and let's clear up a few things...

Rating: 8/10

I really enjoyed this movie. I expected the worst because of many of the comments here, but that's why they play the game, so the saying goes...

There were plenty of laughs and a simple but serviceable plot that held together for the whole film. I personally don't think Martin was trying to BE Sellers, but to do his TAKE on a character created by Sellers. Think original Clouseau + The Jerk and you get the idea.

The key is that Marin captured the spirit of the character and the film captured the spirit of the original films as well. That's all one could ask.

Jean Reno was quite good, Kevin Cline not so good. He might have taken more time to make his own Dreyfuss.

Now to clear some things up:

First: For those who lament a crappy remake of the original film, I suggest you go watch the original film. You will be surprised at how unfunny it is. Sellers is good, but the movie itself is slow and obvious. I remember loving the movie as a kid, then I tried to watch it recently and realized I was remembering the sequel. The original was really weak and boring.

Second: For those who say Martin turned Clouseau into some kind of loser, I again suggest you watch the originals. He WAS a loser. He WAS pathetic. That was the point. He was a sexual repressed, pathetic loser who lucked into solving crimes while bumbling around and trying to get laid. Martin's Clouseau fits this mold.

Third: This is not a remake, but another in a series. To suggest that the original is so sacred that another film in a series can't be made many years later is the worst kind of snobbery. Why do people treat films with such reverence but not plays or musicals? If a great star creates a character on stage, does that mean no one else can ever play that character in the history of theater? Of course not. Sorry to say, Sellars is dead. He can't come back and do it again.

Now there are things about this movie that are different than the originals in terms of tone.

One is that the subject matter has been toned down a bit. Though there is the implication of sex in multiple places and a few murders (not violent and not seen), it isn't as risqué as the original, to fit a broader market one would suppose. Still not sure how they can get away with advertising it on Nickelodeon with links to, but that's a typical Viacom/MTV problem.

But this film is a bit lighter than the original for that reason. It is still satirical, but less blatantly pop culture gag driven than a Shrek. Pink Panther takes subtle jabs at the French and their love of cycling, hatred of American food, etc. It also incorporates a very fun sequence with 006, creates gags out of Viagra, ring tones, the TSA, etc. Basically, it's current without being so tied to 2005/6 that it will feel dated later.

If you like to laugh, you'll like this movie. If you consider yourself a tough cookie for laughs, then you may not. But that's your fault, not the movie's... ;)


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