The Mouse on the Moon

The Mouse on the Moon

Richard Lester (1963)

86min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The combination of a witty Michael Pertwee script, the exuberant direction of Richard Lester and the unique talents of Margaret Rutherford would normally have been enough to guarantee comic gold. But, perhaps because Peter Sellers in a triple role was a hard act to follow, this sequel to The Mouse That Roared never really gets off the ground - a not inconsiderable handicap since its topic is the space race. Once again the tiny Grand Duchy of Fenwick takes on the superpowers, this time using a rocket fuelled by the local wine. Fitfully amusing, it wastes a rather splendid supporting cast.

Summary

The authorities in a bankrupt European state set up a fictitious space programme to generate quick cash from investors. Funds from America and Russia soon arrive to help them put a man on the moon, but events heat up when they discover their national export - wine - makes excellent rocket fuel, launching them into the space race for real. Satirical comedy sequel to The Mouse That Roared, starring Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins and Terry-Thomas.

Cast & Crew

Mountjoy Ron Moody
Grand Duchess Gloriana Margaret Rutherford
Vincent Mountjoy Bernard Cribbins
Spender Terry-Thomas
Cynthia June Ritchie
Professor Kokintz David Kossoff
British delegate John Le Mesurier
Wendover Tom Aldredge
Director Richard Lester
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd
Comedy