The Mouse That Roared


Action / Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright73%
IMDb Rating6.9108938

new york citysatire

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Peter Sellers Photo
Peter Sellers as Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert of Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe
Jean Seberg Photo
Jean Seberg as Helen Kokintz
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Leo McKern as Benter
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762.28 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 23 min
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1.38 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 23 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lee_eisenberg10 / 10

I guess that the threat of nuclear annihilation always made for some great comedy with Peter Sellers in multiple roles!

Any film buff remembers Peter Sellers playing three roles in the Cold War comedy "Dr. Strangelove". Well, "The Mouse That Roared" was a sort of prequel to that.

A tiny, backwards nation on France's Mediterranean coast has no way of moving forward economically. So, the queen and prime minister (both played by Sellers) make a decision: the country will declare war on the United States, lose, and collect foreign aid. There's just one problem: when they arrive in New York, there's no one around - the threat of nuclear annihilation has driven everyone into hiding. The army decides that this calls for drastic measures - with hilarious results.

Some people might say: "If you've seen one zany comedy, you've seen 'em all." Be that as it may, you've still gotta see "TMTR". It's just so funny. And one scene that's likely to open any teenage boy's eyes is when Peter Sellers walks into Jean Seberg's room and she's...well, I won't spoil it for you, but I will assert that it seems like it would have been risqué for 1959. Classic.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca5 / 10

When one role isn't enough

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED is your stock Peter Sellers comedy of the era, featuring the star in numerous roles (apparently in a tribute to Alec Guinness in KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS). I have to say that I'm not a big fan of Sellers and I find his overstated style of acting quite dated; he always seemed to play it mannered, larger-than-life, and quite irritating. It's a pity, as the political storyline is a decent one, following the misfortunes of a small, made-up country as the declare war on America, hoping to lose and subsequently benefit from that country's foreign aid scheme. Of course, things don't go exactly according to plan. The story is well paced and the political satire is spot on, and the supporting cast can't be faulted (with the exception of the wooden Jean Seberg). But something didn't quite 'gel' with me on this one, and I have to say that I didn't find it particularly funny.

Reviewed by bkoganbing9 / 10

Fenwick, the guarantor of peace in our times

The Mouse That Roared is a delightful combination of Jonathan Swift like satire and Marx Brothers like anarchy. You can see traces of Gulliver's Travels and Duck Soup in this very funny film that was the first real starring roles for Peter Sellers.

The tiny Duchy of Fenwick founded by a British lord is buried deep somewhere in the Swiss Alps and it's the only spot in the geography of Switzerland where English is the primary language. Nothing much has changed since the 14th century there. In fact a lot of the natives look very much like Peter Sellers because Sir Roger Fenwick more than George Washington who by all accounts shot blanks was truly the father of his country. In fact if genetic science is true a whole lot of inbreeding should have made the populace look like the Deliverance cast.

Instead several look like Peter Sellers and Sellers does an incredible job playing the Grand Duchess, the Prime Minister, and the Field Marshal of Fenwick. Sellers is magnificent in all three roles and all three roles are distinct characters, he's not just doing variations on himself.

Fenwick has a one crop economy, its special blended wine and some California outfit like Gallo is putting out an ersatz imitation and the economy is going to tank. The solution declare war on the USA and apply for the foreign aid that they missed after World War II when so many countries got it from Uncle Sam.

Field Marshal Sellers puts together a Fenwick Army of about two dozen or so and they take a French freighter from Marseilles and invade America. They are armed with the latest state of the art weaponry and uniforms from the 14th century, longbows and chain mail armor. And through a wild combination of circumstances they capture the ultimate weapon the Q Bomb and its inventor David Kossoff and his daughter Jean Seberg and take it back to Fenwick where Fenwick assumes status of a superpower.

I have to make mention of William Hartnell who spent more times in the British barracks as a tough sergeant major that he should have qualified for veteran's benefits. He takes that same character he perfected and transforms it to medieval times. Hartnell is good, he has to be because Field Marshal Sellers isn't exactly the most military of men.

I do so love the recreation of the Duchy of Fenwick, the makers of this film actually anticipated some kind of Renaissance Fair that later caught on and have become so popular.

With satire that holds up so well today, The Mouse That Roared can be seen and enjoyed for centuries into the future.

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