The Pink Panther (2006 film)
The Pink Panther is a 2006 American comedy–mystery film and a reboot of The Pink Panther franchise, marking the tenth installment in the series. In this film, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is assigned to solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and the theft of the famous Pink Panther diamond. The film was directed by Shawn Levy, stars Steve Martin as Clouseau and also co-stars Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, and Beyoncé Knowles.
|The Pink Panther|
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|Directed by||Shawn Levy|
|Produced by||Robert Simonds|
|Box office||$158.9 million|
The film grossed $159 million worldwide. The Pink Panther was theatrically released on February 10, 2006, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 13, 2006. A sequel was released on February 6, 2009.
Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus recounts a soccer match between France and China: French coach Yves Gluant arrives wearing the priceless Pink Panther diamond ring, and embraces his girlfriend, pop star Xania. After France wins the game in sudden death, Gluant is killed by a poison dart, with the Pink Panther diamond nowhere to be found.
Eager to win the Légion d'honneur, Dreyfus promotes clumsy small-town policeman and "village idiot", Inspector Clouseau, to the rank of Inspector and assigns him to the Pink Panther case. Dreyfus assembles a secret team of top investigators to actually crack the case, allowing Clouseau to draw media attention as the public face of the investigation. Dreyfus assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton as Clouseau's assistant to keep Dreyfus informed of Clouseau's actions. Ponton befriends Clouseau, who falls in love with secretary Nicole Durant.
Bizu, a French player who blamed Gluant for “stealing away” Xania, is the prime murder suspect, but is shot in the head in the team's changing room. Gathering information at a casino, Clouseau encounters British Agent 006, Nigel Boswell, who foils a robbery by the "Gas Mask Bandits", using Clouseau's trench coat to hide his identity. Clouseau mistakenly receives credit for the deed and is nominated for the Légion d'honneur, much to Dreyfus's dismay.
Following Xania to New York City, Ponton insists she is a suspect because Gluant cheated on her, but Clouseau decides Xania is innocent. In New York, Clouseau discovers his love for hamburgers. Glaunt’s poison is determined to have been derived from Chinese herbs, leading Dreyfus to conclude that the killer is a Chinese envoy, Dr. Pang.
Dreyfus has an officer swap Clouseau's bag with one full of weapons at the airport, setting off the metal detector, and Clouseau is mistakenly arrested because of his inability to pronounce 'hamburger' correctly. Returning to France, he is vilified by the press, and Dreyfus strips him of his rank of Inspector. Dreyfus plots to publicly arrest Dr. Pang at the Presidential Ball, where Xania will perform.
Clouseau returns home and sees an article about his arrest online, deducing from a photograph of the arrest that Gluant and Bizu were killed by the same person and the killer will target Xania next, Clouseau, Ponton, and Nicole hurry to the Élysée Palace and sneak into the Presidential Ball. While Dreyfus arrests Dr. Pang for Gluant's murder, Clouseau and Ponton save Xania's life by capturing her would-be assassin Yuri, the team trainer. Jealous of Gluant and feeling overlooked for the team's success, Yuri used his knowledge of Chinese herbs, mandated by a soccer statute, to kill him; Yuri had jabbed the poison dart unseen into Gluant's neck. Yuri killed Bizu for blackmailing him after overhearing Yuri's rants against Glaunt, using Russian military tactics to target Bizu’s occipital lobe. Yuri targeted Xania for ignoring him and dating Gluant.
Clouseau reveals that the Pink Panther was not stolen, but sewn into the lining of Xania's purse, which had belonged to Josephine Baker and which Xania was restoring; the photograph of Clouseau’s arrest also showed an X-ray of the purse at airport security. Xania confesses that she received the diamond from Gluant as an engagement ring, which she worried could implicate her in his murder. Clouseau concludes that Xania is the ring's rightful owner, and Yuri is taken into custody.
For solving the case, Clouseau wins the Légion d'honneur. Leaving the ceremony with Ponton, Clouseau gets Dreyfus' suit caught in his car door, remaining oblivious to Dreyfus' screams as he is dragged behind the car. Visiting Dreyfus in the hospital with Ponton and Nicole, Clouseau accidentally releases the brake on Dreyfus' bed, which rolls through the hospital corridors and throws Dreyfus into the Seine.
- Steve Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a bumbling police officer from a small village in France.
- Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus, the head of the French police who is obsessed with winning the Medal of Honour.
- Jean Reno as Gendarme Gilbert Ponton, a capable police officer who is assigned to report to Dreyfus on Clouseau's actions.
- Emily Mortimer as Nicole Durant, a secretary and romance interest of Clouseau.
- Henry Czerny as Yuri, the Russian trainer for the fictionalized version of the France national football team.
- Kristin Chenoweth as Cherie, an employee of the France national football team.
- Roger Rees as Raymond Laroque, a wealthy casino owner and friend of Yves Gluant.
- Beyoncé Knowles as Xania, a famous pop singer and girlfriend of Gluant.
- William Abadie as Bizu, a player for the France national football team
- Scott Adkins as Jacquard, another player for the France national football team
- Jean Dell as Justice Minister Clochard
- Anna Katarina as Agent Corbeille
- Jason Statham as Yves Gluant (uncredited), the head coach of the France national football team whose murder is under investigation.
- Clive Owen as Nigel Boswell/Agent 006 (uncredited), a secret agent and parody of James Bond.
A re collaboration between Steve Martin and producer Robert Simonds, the successful teaming behind Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther had a production budget of US$80 million. Filming began on May 10, 2004.
The film was originally supposed to seek an August 5, 2005 release date, but was then pushed forward to February 10, 2006, because of Sony. "With the recent acquisition of MGM, we wanted to give our marketing department the time and opportunity to launch this very important franchise," Sony Pictures Releasing president Rory Bruer said. "We've seen the movie, and we really love this film. It's a franchise we believe in and are really excited about, and Steve Martin is great as Clouseau."
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 21% based on 141 reviews and an average rating of 4.11/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Though Steve Martin is game, the particulars of the Inspector Clouseau character elude him in this middling update". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 38 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
The film was nominated for two Razzies in 2006, one in the category "Worst Remake or Rip-off", and one in the category "Worst Supporting Actress" for Kristin Chenoweth. At the 2006 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film received four nominations: "Worst Actor" (Martin), "Worst Song" (Check on It), and "Worst Fake Accent (Male)" (both Martin and Kline).
The Pink Panther opened at #1 in the United States, grossing $20.2 million from 3,477 theaters, and took in an additional $20.9 million over the four day Presidents Day weekend the following weekend. The film closed in theatres on April 16, having grossed $82.2 million in its ten weeks of release. Overseas, the film took $76.6 million, resulting in total box office gross revenue of $158.9 million. United States screenings made up 51.8% of box office takings, with international viewings responsible for 48.2%. The Pink Panther is the highest-grossing film in the Pink Panther franchise. The film was released in the United Kingdom on March 17, 2006, and topped the country's box office that weekend.
David Newman was originally chosen to compose the score for the film, but was quickly replaced by Christophe Beck. He is credited with the film score which was released as the soundtrack album The Pink Panther about one month following the release of the film.Original R&B singer, Beyoncé Knowles, who co-stars as Xania, performed two songs for the film, "A Woman Like Me" and #1 hit, "Check on It". The latter serves as the film's theme song aside from the Pink Panther theme by Henry Mancini.
The sequel to this film, titled The Pink Panther 2, was released on February 6, 2009. It again features Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau, Emily Mortimer as Nicole Durant, and Jean Reno as Gendarme Ponton, but was notable because Dreyfus was played by John Cleese instead of Kevin Kline. Beyoncé Knowles did not return for the sequel either.
The film features Clouseau and a "Dream Team" of the world's best detectives formed to catch the international mastermind thief El Tornado, who has stolen several valuable treasures, including the Shroud of Turin, the Pope's Ring and the Pink Panther diamond. The film grossed $75,946,615 at the box office.
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