Revenge of the Pink Panther isn’t the best of the continuing film series, but Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers on a slow day are still well ahead of most other comedic filmmakers.
This time out, Sellers tracks down an international drug ring. Herbert Lom also encores as Sellers’ nemesis and Dyan Cannon is delightful as the resourceful discarded mistress of dope smuggler industrialist Robert Webber.
The screenplay, from an Edwards story, is a paradoxical embarrassment of riches: Sellers, faithful servant Burt Kwouk, Lom, Cannon, etc, each alone and also in various combinations, are too much for a simple story line. The result is that the plot roams all over the map, trying to cover all the bases but in totality adding up to less than the parts.
Revenge of the Pink Panther
United Artists. Director Blake Edwards; Producer Blake Edwards; Screenplay Frank Waldman, Ron Clark, Blake Edwards; Camera Ernest Day; Editor Alan Jones; Music Henry Mancini; Art Director Peter Mullins
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 98 MIN.
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