- Son of the Pink Panther
Infobox Film | name =Son of the Pink Panther
producer = Tony Adams
Blake Edwards Maurice Richlin
Blake Edwards Madeline Sunshine Steve Sunshine
Roberto Benigni Herbert Lom Claudia Cardinale
MGM/UA Entertainment Co. Filmauro S.R.L
August 27, 1993
runtime = 93 minutes
language = English
imdb_id = 0108187
preceded_by = "
Curse of the Pink Panther"
"Son of the Pink Panther" (1993) was the ninth entry in the 30-year-old "
Pink Panther" film series. Directed by Blake Edwards, it stars Roberto Benignias Inspector Clouseau's illegitimate son. Also in this film are Panther regulars Herbert Lom, Burt Kwoukand Graham Stark. In this outing, Lom's Commissioner Dreyfus, citing Clouseau's own track record, gives Jacques Gambrelli(Benigni) virtual carte blancheto proceed with the case at hand.
This was the first "Pink Panther" film in a decade, following two unsuccessful attempts to continue the series following the death of
Peter Sellers, who originated the character of Clouseau. Considered a relaunch of the series, the plan was for Benigni - a popular Italian comedian who had yet to be discovered in America - to continue on where Sellers had left off. However, "Son of the Pink Panther" failed to generate critical or commercial success, the loss of Sellers proving once again to be too great. Benigni was not Edwards' first choice for the role. Kevin Kline, Rowan Atkinson, Gérard Depardieuand Tim Curry, were all considered before Benigni won the role. This would be both the last Panther film to be directed by Blake Edwards, and Edwards' final film to date. The series was adapted in 2006with the release of "The Pink Panther" starring Steve Martinas Inspector Jacques Clouseauand Kevin Klineas Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus.
Roberto Benigni- Jacques Gambrelli
Herbert Lom- Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
Burt Kwouk- Cato Fong
Claudia Cardinale- Maria Gambrelli
Shabana Azmi- Queen
Debra Farentino- Princess Yasmin
Graham Stark- Professor Auguste Balls
* In the beginning of the movie there is a new arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme sung by
Bobby McFerrin. At the end, the old familiar version is played.
* Kroyer Films created the opening and closing titles for the film starring the animated Pink Panther and Clouseau Jr. characters.
Claudia Cardinaleplayed the Princess in the original "Pink Panther" film. Here she returns as Maria Gambrelli, the part played by Elke Sommerin " A Shot in the Dark".
* Radio Times Guide To Films - 1 Star out of 5
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