Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

PG | 93 mins | Comedy, Mystery | 27 August 1993

Director:

Blake Edwards

Producer:

Tony Adams

Cinematographer:

Dick Bush

Production Designer:

Peter Mullins

Production Companies:

United Artists , Filmauro
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HISTORY

Opening credits feature Bobby McFerrin and Henry Mancini performing Mancini’s musical theme, accompanied by animated sequences of “Jacques Gambrelli” chasing the cartoon character, the “Pink Panther.” A 20 Aug 1993 LAT article reported that Desert Music Pictures acquired the project in a bidding war against several digital effects firms, including Industrial Light & Magic, after Blake Edwards’s son, Desert Music video director Geoffrey Edwards, suggested the company make a demo reel. The elder Edwards spent more than $1 million on the sequence, which updated the series’ former analog cartoons with a combination of animation, live action, and computer graphics.
       According to a 1993 HR “Craft Series” article, filmmaker Blake Edwards decided to revive the “Pink Panther” detective series in 1989, several years after the release of Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983, see entries). These films, produced after actor Peter Sellers’ death in 1980, were not well received, and Edwards opted to pick up the story with a new character: Jacques Gambrelli, the illegitimate son of inspector “Jacques Clouseau.” As co-owner of the franchise rights with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Edwards received positive encouragement until the studio was overtaken by Italian financier Giancarlo Parretti. During MGM’s brief time as MGM-Pathé, Inc., the 23 Feb 1991 Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that Edwards filed a $25 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that the studio reneged an offer to finance the sequel. However, Alan Ladd, Jr. regained control of MGM that same year, and the project was once again greenlit for production.
       A 26 Jun 1991 HR item indicated that Edwards originally ... More Less

Opening credits feature Bobby McFerrin and Henry Mancini performing Mancini’s musical theme, accompanied by animated sequences of “Jacques Gambrelli” chasing the cartoon character, the “Pink Panther.” A 20 Aug 1993 LAT article reported that Desert Music Pictures acquired the project in a bidding war against several digital effects firms, including Industrial Light & Magic, after Blake Edwards’s son, Desert Music video director Geoffrey Edwards, suggested the company make a demo reel. The elder Edwards spent more than $1 million on the sequence, which updated the series’ former analog cartoons with a combination of animation, live action, and computer graphics.
       According to a 1993 HR “Craft Series” article, filmmaker Blake Edwards decided to revive the “Pink Panther” detective series in 1989, several years after the release of Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983, see entries). These films, produced after actor Peter Sellers’ death in 1980, were not well received, and Edwards opted to pick up the story with a new character: Jacques Gambrelli, the illegitimate son of inspector “Jacques Clouseau.” As co-owner of the franchise rights with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Edwards received positive encouragement until the studio was overtaken by Italian financier Giancarlo Parretti. During MGM’s brief time as MGM-Pathé, Inc., the 23 Feb 1991 Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that Edwards filed a $25 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that the studio reneged an offer to finance the sequel. However, Alan Ladd, Jr. regained control of MGM that same year, and the project was once again greenlit for production.
       A 26 Jun 1991 HR item indicated that Edwards originally considered casting Gérard Depardieu in the leading role, and production notes in AMPAS library files state that several “obvious” British and American comedians were included in their search. According to the 1993 HR, Roberto Benigni was initially cast in an unknown supporting role, but was not considered for Gambrelli until his lawyer, John Dellaverson, began “lobbying on his behalf” by sending Edwards and producer Tony Adams tapes of his previous work, including Down by Law (1986, see entry) and the Italian picture, Johnny Stecchino (1991). Son of the Pink Panther also marked the return of Claudia Cardinale, who appeared in the first “Pink Panther” film (1964, see entry); Herbert Lom as “Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus”; Burt Kwouk as “Cato”; and Graham Stark as “Dr. Auguste Balls.”
       The 11 Aug 1992 HR confirmed that principal photography began 8 Jun 1992 at a villa near St. Paul de Vence outside Nice, France, and a high road street crossing near the French-Italian border, where the car crash scene was filmed. Production then moved to Marseilles and Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco. Additional locations included a dormant casino in Beaulieu-sur-Mer; the harbor of Villefranche-sur-Mer; and the Church of St. Devote. After five weeks in the south of France, the 17 Jul 1992 Screen International announced that the production was shooting for several days at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, before relocating to Petra and Amman in the country of Jordan. For the climactic battle sequence, the Royal Jordanian Army loaned fifty Special Forces paratroopers and two helicopters. Although they were not paid for their participation in the film, the six paratroopers who performed a rigorous helicopter jump were compensated with autographed videotapes of The Sound of Music (1965, see entry), starring Edwards’ wife, Julie Andrews. Due to the extreme summer heat in the region, cast and crew were forced to break for three hours each afternoon. Production returned to Pinewood on 25 Jul 1992 for the remainder of the fourteen-week schedule, and concluded on 12 Sep 1992, as reported by the 2 Nov 1992 HR. Although the 28 Aug 1992 DV claimed that production was delayed five days when Roberto Benigni sprained his ankle, the film came in on schedule and roughly $700,000 under the $25 million budget.
       Before filming began, the 25 May 1992 Var reported that independent Italian film company, Filmauro, outbid Penta Pictures for Italian distribution rights. The company reportedly paid $7—$8 million, plus an “unspecified amount” for a co-production credit. Items in the 1 Jun 1992 Var and 22 Oct 1992 DV estimated the company’s total contribution to be $12.5—$13.8 million.
       Producer Tony Adams told the 2 Nov 1992 HR that MGM would likely change the title before release, hoping the film would garner interest in additional “Pink Panther” films starring Benigni, and likened the series to the James Bond franchise, in which each installment had its own unique title. However, Son of the Pink Panther retained its working title, and no additional sequels starring Benigni were produced following its negative reception from both critics and audiences.
       End credits include the following acknowledgments: “Marx Brothers – ‘Day at the Races’ clip courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.”; "The Producers would like to thank: Alfred Dunhill Ltd.; Laurent Perrier Champagne; Land Rover; Avis; Sea Ray (Arie de Boom); Corporate Jets Ltd.; Bang & Olufsen; Swatch; Tiffany & Co."; "Special Thanks to: George Martin; Prof. Seif W. Romahi, Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan"; and, "Made on location in France, Victorine Cote D'Azur, Monaco, Jordan and at Pinewood Studios, London, England." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Aug 1992.
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Daily Variety
22 Oct 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 1993
p. 3, 14.
Hollywood Reporter
1993
Craft Series, Section S, p. 12.
Long Beach Press-Telegram
23 Feb 1991
People.
Los Angeles Times
20 Aug 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
28 Aug 1993
Calendar, p. 5.
New York Times
28 Aug 1993
Section I, p. 9.
Screen International
17 Jul 1992.
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Screen International
14 Aug 1992.
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Screen International
11 Sep 1992.
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Variety
25 May 1992.
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Variety
1 Jun 1992.
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Variety
6 Sep 1993
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
United Artists presents
In association with Filmauro S.R.L.
The Pink Panther presents
A United Artists - Filmauro co-production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Co-2d asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
Prod mgr, French unit
Asst dir, French unit
Asst dir, French unit
Asst dir, French unit
Asst dir, French unit
Prod mgr, Jordanian unit
Asst dir, Jordanian unit
Asst dir (2d unit), Jordanian unit
PRODUCER
Prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Focus puller
Focus puller
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Steadicam op
Steadicam asst
Video coord
Key grip
Key grip
Gaffer
Best boy
Genny op
Elec
Stillsman
Lighting cam, 2d unit
Focus puller, 2d unit
Clapper loader, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Stills photog, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Gaffer, French unit
Lighting equip supplied by
Video coord
Clapper loader, 2d unit
Clapper loader, 2d unit
Video coord, 2d unit
Elec, French unit
Elec, French unit
Elec, French unit
Elec, French unit
Genny op, French unit
Head grip, French unit
Grip, French unit
Grip, French unit
Grip, French unit
Grip, French unit
Grip, French unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Storyboard artist
Art dept asst
Art dir, French unit
FILM EDITORS
Supv, Post prod
Assoc ed, Post prod
Asst ed-U.K., Post prod
Asst ed, Post prod
Apprentice ed, Post prod
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Buyer
Draughtsman
Draughtsman
Prop master
Chargehand standby propman
Standby propman
Chargehand dressing propman
Dressing propman
Dressing propman
Dressing propman
Prop storeman
Armourer
Const mgr
Master carpenter
Master plasterer
HOD rigger
HOD stagehand
HOD painter
Standby rigger
Standby carpenter
Standby painter
Standby stagehand
Standby propman, 2d unit
Standby carpenter, 2d unit
Standby rigger, 2d unit
Prop buyer, French unit
Prop buyer, French unit
Draughtsman
Scenic artist
Asst scenic artist
Dressing prop (Jordan)
Const mgr (Jordan)
Asst const mgr
Supv carpenter (Jordan)
Chargehand carpenter (France)
Carpenter (Jordan)
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter and joiner
Carpenter and joiner
Carpenter and joiner
Carpenter and joiner
Wood machinist
Wood machinist
Supv scenic painter (Jordan)
Painter (France)
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter's labourer
Hod plasterer (Jordan)
Chargehand plasterer (Jordan)
Plasterer (Jordan)
Plasterer (Jordan)
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer's labourer
Plasterer's labourer
Chargehand rigger (France)
Chargehand rigger (Jordan)
Rigger
Chargehand stagehand (Jordan)
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Drapery supv chargehand
Chief carpenter, French unit
Carpenter, French unit
Carpenter, French unit
Carpenter, French unit
Carpenter, French unit
Carpenter, French unit
Carpenter, French unit
Carpenter, French unit
Chief painter, French unit
Painter, French unit
Painter, French unit
Painter, French unit
Painter, French unit
Upholsterer, French unit
Upholsterer, French unit
Upholsterer, French unit
Upholsterer, French unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Asst cost des
Ward asst
Ward, 2d unit
Ward asst (Jordan), 2d unit
Ward asst (Jordan), 2d unit
MUSIC
Mus ed, Post prod
Mus rec at, Post prod
London
Mus consultant, Post prod
Mus consultant, Post prod
Scoring mixer, Post prod
Mus rec at, Post prod
Mus performed by, Post prod
Mus orch by
Mus orch by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd asst
Dial coach
Sd mixer, 2d unit
Supv sd ed, Post prod
Supv ADR ed, Post prod
ADR ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Sd ed, Post prod
Supv Foley ed, Post prod
Asst sd ed, Post prod
Asst sd ed, Post prod
Digital transfer, Post prod
Spec sd rec, Post prod
Digital sd eff ed by, Post prod
Foley artist, Post prod
Foley artist, Post prod
Foley mixer, Post prod
Foley rec, Post prod
Foley rec at, Post prod
ADR mixer (U.S.), Post prod
ADR mixer (U.K.), Post prod
ADR rec, Post prod
Re-rec mixer, Post prod
Re-rec mixer, Post prod
Re-rec mixer, Post prod
Mix rec, Post prod
Mix rec, Post prod
VISUAL EFFECTS
Main title seq by
Spec eff supv
Sr spec eff tech
Sr spec eff tech
Sr spec eff tech
Sr spec eff tech
Sr spec eff tech
Sr spec eff tech
TV/Computer eff
Prod, Main title seq
Prod, Main title seq
Dir, Main title seq
Tech prod, Main title seq
Graphic des, Main title seq
Live action prod, Main title seq
Dir of photog, Main title seq
Motion control supv, Main title seq
Barking Art
Anim, Main title seq
Visual eff supv, Main title seq
Barking Art
Digital opticals/Ink & paint, Main title seq
Digital film services, Main title seq
End titles and opticals by
SFX tech, French unit
MAKEUP
Chief makeup/Prosthetics artist
Makeup artist
Chief hairdresser
Asst hairdresser
Makeup/Hair, 2d unit
Hairdresser, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting, U.S.
Casting, U.K.
Karate/Kick-box trainer
Prod supv
Scr supv
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Prod coord
Unit doctor
Unit nurse
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Asst to Mr. Edwards
Asst to Mr. Adams (U.K.)
Asst to Mr. Adams (U.S.)
Asst to Mr. Wooll
Prod asst
United Artists representative
London contact
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Accounts asst
Prod runner
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Action vehicle mechanic
Action vehicle mechanic
Unit pub
Scr supv, 2d unit
Loc mgr, French unit
Loc mgr, French unit
Asst loc mgr, French unit
Transport mgr, French unit
Prod coord, French unit
Prod asst, French unit
Prod asst, French unit
Prod runner, French unit
Prod runner, French unit
Loc runner, French unit
Accountant, French unit
Accountant's asst, French unit
Crowd casting, French unit
Catering, French unit
Jordanian liaison, Jordanian unit
Loc mgr, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
Prod asst, Jordanian unit
ADR voice casting by, Post prod
Digital film services, Main title seq
Public relations
Freight agents
Transport supplied by
Travel arr via
Couriers arr via
Product placement supplied by
Product placement supplied by
Prod services by
Prod services by
Trainee cont
Asst loc mgr, French unit
Asst loc mgr, French unit
2d unit nurse, French unit
Crowd casting asst, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Unit driver, French unit
Catering, French unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Asst stunt coord
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
ANIMATION
Motion control supv, Main title seq
Anim, Main title seq
COLOR PERSONNEL
Photographed on
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Maurice Richlin and Blake Edwards. Animated Pink Panther character created by David DePatie and Friz Freleng.
SONGS
“Clouseau’s Anthem,” written by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Leslie Briscusse
“Largo Al Factotum,” courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther
Release Date:
27 August 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 27 Aug 1993
Production Date:
8 Jun--12 Sep 1992
Copyright Claimant:
United Artists Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 September 1993
Copyright Number:
PA659541
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® cameras and lenses supplied by Panavision® UK
Prints
Prints by Deluxe®
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
Italy, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32329
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Southern France, Princess Yasmin of Lugash returns from a trip to the U.S. and joins her father on vacation in Nice. One afternoon, a terrorist named Hans ambushes their yacht, sedates the princess, and kidnaps her. In exchange for her safe return, he demands that Yasmin’s father relinquish the throne and deposit $100 million to a Swiss bank account. Hans accidentally crashes his car into Police Commissioner Charles Dreyfus as he drives Yasmin out of town. Bumbling young gendarme Jacques Gambrelli arrives to investigate and mistakes Yasmin’s semi-conscious state for a head injury incurred during the crash. He allows Hans to continue on his way, leaving himself stranded at the scene with a broken bicycle. Back at police headquarters, Commissioner Dreyfus takes charge of the kidnapping case. Realizing that Jacques Gambrelli has seen the princess, Hans orders his men to assassinate the officer, but Jacques narrowly escapes, and Commissioner Dreyfus drives him home. The commissioner stays for tea and questions Jacques’s mother, Maria, about her son’s absent father. He recalls his former association with the late Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and believes young Jacques Gambrelli may be related. Maria confirms the truth, and Commissioner Dreyfus panics. As he tries to flee, he accidentally detonates a bomb planted in the house. While recovering in the hospital, Commissioner Dreyfus warns Jacques that he is in danger. Noticing Hans’s henchmen circling the hallway, Jacques disguises himself as a doctor and accompanies them to the terrorists’ hideout to tend to Hans’s arm wound. Sickened by the sight of blood, the young gendarme accidentally stabs himself with novocaine, falling unconscious and exposing his charade. When he awakens, he finds he is in captivity with ... +


In Southern France, Princess Yasmin of Lugash returns from a trip to the U.S. and joins her father on vacation in Nice. One afternoon, a terrorist named Hans ambushes their yacht, sedates the princess, and kidnaps her. In exchange for her safe return, he demands that Yasmin’s father relinquish the throne and deposit $100 million to a Swiss bank account. Hans accidentally crashes his car into Police Commissioner Charles Dreyfus as he drives Yasmin out of town. Bumbling young gendarme Jacques Gambrelli arrives to investigate and mistakes Yasmin’s semi-conscious state for a head injury incurred during the crash. He allows Hans to continue on his way, leaving himself stranded at the scene with a broken bicycle. Back at police headquarters, Commissioner Dreyfus takes charge of the kidnapping case. Realizing that Jacques Gambrelli has seen the princess, Hans orders his men to assassinate the officer, but Jacques narrowly escapes, and Commissioner Dreyfus drives him home. The commissioner stays for tea and questions Jacques’s mother, Maria, about her son’s absent father. He recalls his former association with the late Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and believes young Jacques Gambrelli may be related. Maria confirms the truth, and Commissioner Dreyfus panics. As he tries to flee, he accidentally detonates a bomb planted in the house. While recovering in the hospital, Commissioner Dreyfus warns Jacques that he is in danger. Noticing Hans’s henchmen circling the hallway, Jacques disguises himself as a doctor and accompanies them to the terrorists’ hideout to tend to Hans’s arm wound. Sickened by the sight of blood, the young gendarme accidentally stabs himself with novocaine, falling unconscious and exposing his charade. When he awakens, he finds he is in captivity with the princess, and plagued with a case of the hiccups. To steady his breathing, Yasmin kisses him, and their embrace becomes passionate. After they make love, Hans barges in, sedates them, and escapes with the princess to Darfur, a militarized island off the coast of Lugash. Jacques is locked in a car and sent rolling toward a cliff, but he narrowly escapes. Back at the hospital, he tells his mother that the terrorists have gone to see “Uncle Idris,” a military tyrant who plans to seize control of Lugash. Maria relays the information to Commissioner Dreyfus, who demands to know about the nature of her relationship with Inspector Clouseau. She confesses that her son was illegitimately conceived after a brief encounter with the Frenchman. Later, Maria tells her son the truth, and he decides to honor his father’s reputation by changing his surname to Clouseau. Returning to the case, Jacques travels to Paris to meet Clouseau’s former costumier, Dr. Auguste Balls, who outfits the young man with a disguise that will allow him to enter Darfur undetected. He then encounters Cato Fung, his father’s loyal manservant, and agrees to hire him as a bodyguard. As they leave for Lugash, news of Jacques’s paternity is leaked to the media, effectively blowing his cover. Commissioner Dreyfus telephones Jacques, ordering him to abandon the mission, but Jacques disobeys, due to his strong personal feelings for the princess. He arranges a meeting with an informant in a restaurant, but a bellydancer recognizes him as Clouseau’s son and attracts unwanted attention. Jacques flees, but encounters a Lugash Special Forces agent assigned by the king to assist him. Although aided by a band of troops, the agent has been given strict instructions that Jacques receive credit for the rescue mission. As the team ambushes Uncle Idris’s palace, Jacques fumbles in a fight with Hans’s henchmen. Hans shoots Jacques in the chest, but Cato knocks the terrorist unconscious and the princess is saved. Once recovered, Jacques is promoted to full-time inspector with the metropolitan police in Paris, and Maria and Commissioner Dreyfus wed. At the ceremony, Commissioner Dreyfus is disturbed to learn that Jacques has an equally clumsy and dim-witted twin sister named Jacqueline. Sometime later, the king and Princess Yasmin honor Jacques for his service. The princess passionately kisses him, causing Jacques to become flustered and stumble offstage. +

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