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The Mouse That Roared
Not Rated
83 minutes
Comedy
1959

This delightful British satire was a sleeper hit, and represented a giant leap to stardom for Peter Sellers, who plays three roles. The tiny European nation of Grand Fenwick is completely bankrupt, so they hatch an ingenious plan: they will declare war on the United States! Of course, being wildly overmatched, they'll promptly surrender, and America will spend a fortune on "reparations". Sellers plays the Prime Minister who hatches the plot, the Marshall who leads their pitiful army into New York City, and the Grand Duchess of Grand Fenwick. Jean Seberg also stars as the daughter of a scientist (David Kossoff) who has unwittingly invented a frightfully powerful bomb, and William Hartnell, Leo McKern and Monte Landis round out the cast. Jack Arnold, who directed many of the Universal sci-fi movies of the 1950s, proves he can handle comedy just as well. Four years later came a sequel, THE MOUSE ON THE MOON, directed by Richard Lester.

Cast
Peter Sellers
Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII / Prime Minister Count Rupert of Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe
Jean Seberg
Helen Kokintz
William Hartnell
Will Buckley
David Kossoff
Doctor Alfred Kokintz
Leo McKern
Benter
MacDonald Parke
General Snippet
Austin Willis
US Secretary of Defense
Timothy Bateson
Roger
Director
Jack Arnold
Writer
Screen Play by Roger MacDougall, Stanley Mann; Based off the novel by Leonard Wibberley
Producer
Carl Foreman, Walter Shenson, Jon Penington
Facts
Country UK
Language English
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