The Mouse That Roared

The Mouse That Roared

Jack Arnold (1959)

79min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Adapted from Leonard Wibberley's novel The Wrath of Grapes, this wry little comedy opens brightly, but quickly loses direction as its one joke is stretched to breaking point. The idea of a tiny country declaring war on America to benefit from aid in defeat is a lovely one, but not even Peter Sellers in three widely differing roles can compensate for the longueurs that occupy the film's final hour. Jean Seberg (whose next picture - Jean-Luc Godard's A Bout de Souffle - would make her an international star) is wasted in support, along with David Kossoff and William Hartnell.

Summary

The leaders of the tiny European duchy of Grand Fenwick decide to solve their bankruptcy problem by declaring war on the USA. They confidently expect to lose and thereby qualify for economic aid - but the plan takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the Americans surrender. Comedy, starring Peter Sellers in three roles, with Jean Seberg, William Hartnell, David Kossoff and Leo McKern.

Cast & Crew

Tully Bascombe/Grand Duchess Gloriana/Mountjoy Peter Sellers
Helen Jean Seberg
Professor Kokintz David Kossoff
Will William Hartnell
Benter Leo McKern
Snippet MacDonald Parke
Roger Timothy Bateson
Cobbley Monte Landis
Director Jack Arnold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Open Road ProdsAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy