• The Pink Panther (1964)

The Pink Panther

Release Date: March 20th, 1964

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 1999

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

In this first film of the beloved comic series, dashing European thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) plans to steal a diamond, but he's not the only one with his eyes on the famous jewel known as the "Pink Panther." His nephew George (Robert Wagner) also aims to make off with the gem, and to frame Charles for the crime. Blundering French police inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) intercedes, but finds his career -- and his freedom -- jeopardized.

Cast: Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner, Capucine , Brenda De Banzie, Colin Gordon, John Le Mesurier, James Lanphier

Director: Blake Edwards

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Mirisch Company

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Police officer , Madcap , Melodramatic , 1960s , Hilarious , Pursuit , Mystery ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80

    Quite apart from the general air of bubbling elegance, the pic is intensely funny. The yocks are almost entirely the responsibility of Peter Sellers, who is perfectly suited as a clumsy cop who can hardly move a foot without smashing a vase or open a door without hitting himself on the head. show more

  • 50
    Time Out

    Live action cartoonery had been underworked since Tashlin mapped its possibilities with Jerry Lewis, but the novelty value of Sellers' disaster-prone Inspector Clouseau, funny French accent and all, wore off quicker than its commercial value. show more

  • 60

    Two years after triumphing with the Audrey Hepburn masterpiece Breakfast at Tiffany's, Blake Edwards directs this crossed-wires ensemble caper, which stars David Niven as Sir Charles Lytton, a lothario and master criminal pursued by the bumbling Inspector Clouseau (played by Sellers). show more

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Nominated British Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)