The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu has run out of the elixir that keeps his 168-year-old body Fit for Fiendishness. Peter Sellers is deliciously diabolical.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 18, 2010
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, Sid Caesar, Simon Williams, Steve Franken & David Tomlinson|
|Directed by||Piers Haggard|
Rating: 1/4 -- The movie has some good moments (what Peter Sellers comedy could not have?), but the story never really involves us. Full Review
Rating: 1/5 -- For the sake of the late, great, brilliant Peter Sellers, let's all just forget this movie even exists.
Rating: 2/5 -- Another movie that wastes Sellers.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Peter Sellers is limited here to repeating his previous hits in a cartoonish way. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Rating: 2/5 -- Sad, sad end to Peter Sellers' great movie career. Lackluster at best.
...Good-humored....A pleasant walk.
New York Times
Rating: 1/5 -- Improves with age and comparison to newer junk
Description by OLDIES.com:
Time's running out for the world's supreme criminal mastermind: Fu Manchu has run out of the elixir that keeps his 168-year-old body Fit for Fiendishness. So he and his malevolent minions set out to purloin the ingredients, including a canary-yellow diamond that's one of England's crown jewels. In his final film, Peter Sellers merrily spoofs one of horror's favorite arch villains. He's deliciously diabolical - and doesn't stop there: he's up to his old multiple-role tricks that worked so hilariously in Dr. Strangelove and The Mouse That Roared, also stiff-upper-lipping it as Fu's unflappable nemesis, Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard. Adding to this case of multiple laughs are Helen Mirren as a tap-dancing constable, Sid Caesar as an uncouth American G-man and David Tomlinson as a befuddled commissioner.
A comedy featuring Sellers as the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Caesar plays the role of a G-man hot on his trail.
The evil Dr. Fu Manchu works on his preparation for eternal youth, steals some priceless jewels and makes plans to take over the world. Only one man can stop him -- befuddled Scotland Yard sleuth Nayland Smith. Peter Sellers plays both roles.
- Last film actor Peter Sellers made and starred in before his death in 1980.
- The film was partially written and directed by star Peter Sellers.
- Released theatrically in the USA August 13, 1980.
- Shot in Technicolor.