The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.9/ 10 (10397 Votes)

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Production Company
BBC Films [gb]
Company Pictures [gb]
De Mann Entertainment Company, The [us]
HD Vision Studios [us]
Home Box Office (HBO) [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(France) - 21 May 2004
(Australia) - 13 June 2004
(Australia) - 26 August 2004
(UK) - 27 August 2004
(UK) - 1 October 2004

Running Time

Never judge a man by his cover. I love me...I love me not. Life is being someone else. (UK)

1950s, 1960s, 1970s, acting, actor, actress, adultery, airplane, animated-credits, animated-sequence, animated-title-sequence, aston-martin, atomic-bomb, awards-show, baby, baby-girl-nudity, baby-nudity, bachelor, band, banjo, based-on-book, bbc, blake-edwards, british, british-academy-award,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo Lenses
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses
OFM:35 mm - (Eastman Double-X 5222, Kodak Vision2 500T 5218, Vision 250D 5246)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (2K) (master format)
PCS:Spherical - (source format)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Andrews, Kennie as [Maintenance Man] <49>
  2. Ayoade, Richard as [Photographer at Wedding] <42>
  3. Bentley, James (I) as [Michael Sellers, 7-10 Yrs.] <19>
  4. Bullock, Osmund as [Newscaster #2] <47>
  5. Cicco, George as [Michael Sellers, 3 Yrs.] <18>
  6. Cole, Josh (I) as [Reporter #2 - Britt at Hospital] <45>
  7. Crook, Mackenzie as [Car Salesman] <17>
  8. Dastor, Sam as [Hal Ashby] <28>
  9. Donn, Ray as (uncredited) [Studio Cameraman]
  10. Ellington, Lance as [Singer/Ray Ellington] <21>
  11. Fry, Stephen (I) as [Maurice Woodruff] <9>
  12. Gevisser, Peter as [Ted Levy] <12>
  13. Goodman, Henry (I) as [Dennis Selinger] <10>
  14. Hadley, Kenneth as [Limo Driver] <38>
  15. Havers, Nigel as [David Niven] <16>
  16. Houghton, Andrew (I) as (uncredited) [Pink Panther 1st Assistant Director]
  17. Lithgow, John (I) as [Blake Edwards] <4>
  18. Littman, Julian as [Businessman on Plane] <32>
  19. Long, Joseph (I) as [Carlo Ponti] <26>
  20. Mackinnon, Bruce as [Reporter #1 - Britt at Hospital] <44>
  21. Maloney, Nick (I) as [Interviewer - Switzerland] <24>
  22. Markey, Simon as [Reporter - Sophia Loren Arrives] <43>
  23. McArthur, Gerrard as [Wayne - Studio Engineer] <54>
  24. Napier, Markus as [Maitre D' - Switzerland] <48>
  25. Pemberton, Steve as [Harry Secombe] <15>
  26. Perkins, John (IV) as (uncredited) [Hospital Porter]
  27. Robb, David (I) as [Dr. Lyle Wexler] <13>
  28. Rush, Geoffrey as [Peter Sellers] <1>
  29. Russell, Grant as [Plastic Surgeon] <31>
  30. Savva, Mike as (uncredited) [Italian Film Crewmember]
  31. Sherman, Bob (I) as [Movie Executive] <27>
  32. Syms, Richard as [Newscaster #1] <46>
  33. Tsou, Chuen as (uncredited) [Oddjob Chauffeur]
  34. Tsou, Yee as (uncredited) [Oddjob Chauffeur]
  35. Tucci, Stanley (I) as [Stanley Kubrick] <8>
  36. Tudor-Pole, Edward as (as Edward Tudor Pole) [Spike Milligan] <14>
  37. Vaughan, Peter (I) as [Bill Sellers] <6>
  38. Wilfort, Robert as [Motorcycle Delivery Man] <39>
  39. Williams, Alan (II) as ['Casino Royale' Director] <30>
  40. Wu, Tom as [Burt Kwouk/Cato] <37>
  41. Aquino, Sonia (I) as [Sophia Loren] <7>
  42. Burrell, Kate as [Sophia's stand-in] <34>
  43. Chappell, In-Sook as [So Mi - Girl at Screening] <36>
  44. Connoley, Charlotte as [Car Showroom Blonde Bombshell] <52>
  45. Darby, Eliza as [Sarah Sellers] <20>
  46. Fellner, Rosie as [Emma - Selinger's secretary] <35>
  47. Fox, Emilia as (uncredited) [Lynne Frederick]
  48. Glaser, Ty as ['Millionairess' Girl with Phone] <40>
  49. Hallam, Molly (I) as [Hilary - 'Strangelove' Assistant] <41>
  50. Hammond, Mona as [Ruth Attaway/Louise the Maid] <29>
  51. Jacob, Stephanie as [Nurse with Wheelchair] <53>
  52. Kemp, Polly (I) as (uncredited) [Doctor]
  53. Klum, Heidi as [Ursula Andress] <23>
  54. Lanning, Talia as (uncredited) [Victoria Sellers]
  55. Margolyes, Miriam as [Peg Sellers] <5>
  56. Milligan, Jane as [Reporter - Pink Panther Premiere] <25>
  57. Oluwole, Tope as [Beautiful Black Woman] <33>
  58. Punch, Lucy as [Lead Stewardess] <22>
  59. Steadman, Alison as [Casting Agent] <11>
  60. Theron, Charlize as [Britt Ekland] <2>
  61. Tian, Tiara as [Car Showroom Asian Beauty] <51>
  62. Watson, Emily (I) as [Anne Sellers] <3>
  63. Zaal, Vera as [Car Showroom 60's Sci-Fi Girl] <50>


  1. Biography
  2. Drama

Full Plot

The professional and personal life of actor and comedian 'Peter Sellers' (qv) was a turbulent one. His early movie fame was based primarily on his comic characterizations, often of bumbling and foreign-accented persons, characters which he embodied. As his movie fame rose, he began to lose his own personal identity to his movie characters, leading to self-doubt of himself as a person and a constant need for reassurance and acceptance of his work. This self-doubt manifested itself in fits of anger and what was deemed as arrogance by many. In turn, his personal relationships began to deteriorate as his characterizations were continually used to mask his problems. His first wife, Anne Howe, left/divorced him and his relationships with his parents and children became increasingly distant. His relationship with his second wife, Swedish actress 'Britt Ekland' (qv), was based on this mask. In his later life, he tried to rediscover himself and his career with what would become his penultimate film role, that of Chance in _Being There (1979)_ (qv). Huggo Based on the biography of the same name. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is the story of the comic actor, who would later immortalize bumbling Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series. From his beginnings in show business as a variety performer to his ultimate success as a movie star, Peter Sellers was a man of many faces. But it was also that moniker that caught up with his personal life, when Sellers was a man without an identity and only a library of oddball characters to make up for his personality. Focusing on his rising success and his family life, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is the story of a man whose personal life clashed with stardom, while he was an individual completely immersed in the characters he portrayed. mystic80 Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Copyright © 2004 Home Box Office, Inc. (on print) GR: USD 980,699 (Australia) GR: USD 4,128 (Czech Republic) GR: USD 260,409 (Italy) SD: 12 April 2003 - 5 July 2003

Movie Certificate

13 (Argentina)
12 (Germany)
14 (Switzerland)(canton of Zurich)
L (Iceland)
M/12 (Portugal)
13 (Spain)
Not Rated (USA)
M (Australia)
14A (Canada)
12 (Czech Republic)
K-11 (Finland)
12 (Netherlands)
14 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
14 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
15 (UK)
M18 (Singapore)

Music Composers

  1. Hartley, Richard (I)


  1. Levy, Peter (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Taylor, Jill (I)


A-Film Distribution [nl] - (2005) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
A-Film Home Entertainment [nl] - (2005) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2005) (Argentina) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2005) (Argentina) (VHS)
Bontonfilm [cz] - (2005) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [gb] - (2006) (UK) (TV) (BBC2)
Frenetic Films [ch] - (2004-2005) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
Home Box Office (HBO) [us] - (2004) (USA) (TV)
Home Box Office Home Video (HBO) [us] - (2005) (USA) (DVD)
Lucky Red [it] - (2005) (Italy) (theatrical)
Océan Films [fr] - (2004) (France) (theatrical)
R Film [tr] - (2004) (Turkey) (all media)
RTL Entertainment [nl] - (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL4)
Scanbox Entertainment [fi] - (2005) (Finland) (DVD)
Scanbox Entertainment [se] - (2005) (Sweden) (DVD)
Spentzos Films [gr] - (2004) (Greece) (theatrical)
Toshiba Entertainment [jp] - (2005) (Japan) (theatrical)
VĂ©rtigo Films [es] - (2005) (Spain) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [ar] - (2005) (Argentina) (all media)
Warner Bros. [de] - (2005) (Germany) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [ch] - (2005) (Switzerland) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [de] - (2005) (Germany) (DVD)
Warner Home VĂ­deo [br] - (2005) (Brazil) (all media)
Yleisradio (YLE) [fi] - (2007) (Finland) (TV) (TV2)

Film Editors

  1. Smith, John (VI)


  1. Allen, Carolyn (II) (set tutor)
  2. Barker, Guy (I) (post-production accountant)
  3. Castellano, Francesca (production coordinator)
  4. Charlton, Gavin (chef)
  5. Clapp, Nikki (script supervisor)
  6. Donnellon, Paul (title designer: main titles)
  7. Foulds, Lucy (location assistant)
  8. Garwood, Kate (assistant: Stephen Hopkins)
  9. Grundy, Rob (supervising armorer)
  10. Haddock, Andrew (video coordinator)
  11. Hearne, Liam (assistant post-production accountant)
  12. Hunt, Sarah (I) (assistant production accountant)
  13. Inwood, Nikki (utility stand-in)
  14. Isgar, Lee (assistant: Geoffrey Rush)
  15. Jarvis, Carlton (set medical advisor)
  16. Joy, Martin (assistant location manager)
  17. Koh, Aghi D. (executive in charge of development)
  18. Lowry, Harvey (operations manager: Captive Audience Productions)
  19. Lozano, Christopher Xavier (stills photography) (uncredited)
  20. Manning, Duncan (chef)
  21. Margolis, Zoe (floor runner)
  22. Mavrides, Franka (production assistant)
  23. McLaren, James (production dailies)
  24. Morphew, Neil (stand-in)
  25. Morphew, Steve (stand-in: Geoffrey Rush)
  26. Noble, Heather (I) (assistant coordinator)
  27. Oppenheimer, Joe (development executive)
  28. Patten, Geraldine (production secretary)
  29. Quinn, Sue (I) (location manager)
  30. Redfern, Justine (assistant to producer)
  31. Rice, Emily (I) (post-production accountant)
  32. Ross, Deborah (I) (additional title designer)
  33. Sacks, Paul (I) (additional set production assistant) (uncredited)
  34. Sacks, Paul (I) (set production assistant)
  35. Senior, Richard (production runner)
  36. Sonnet, Emily Ann (production runner)
  37. Thompson, Miranda (I) (studio executive)
  38. Thornell, Rebecca (clearance)
  39. White, Andrew (VII) (title designer)
  40. Yiokoumi, Jack (chef)


[Peter is telling his wife and children that he's leaving them] Sarah Sellers: Do you still love us? Peter Sellers: Of course I do sweetheart. Just... not as much as I love Sophia Loren. Peter Sellers: I'm under a lot of pressure, I could use your support. Anne Sellers: You've always had my support, Peter. It's my patience that I'm no longer sure about. Peter Sellers: [to Britt Ekland] Christ, woman, can't you say anything real? First of all, you can't act and then you can't stop! Peter Sellers: People ask me why do I keep compromising my artistic integrity by walking in front of Blake's cameras. And you know what I tell them? Money! [last lines] Peter Sellers: You can't come in here. Blake Edwards: [On the set of the Pink Panther] Welcome to Hollywood. Peter Sellers: This is Italy. Blake Edwards: Hollywood is a state of mind. Peter Sellers: Your father is a useless, talentless, empty man. Did you know that? Sarah Sellers: Yes, Daddy. Peter Sellers: Oh God, I haven't felt leather like this on my thighs since the Third Reich. Peter Sellers: [while changing his daughter's nappy] Those film people won't have anything to do with me, Mum. It was my fifth audition this week. Peg Sellers: What do they say to you? Peter Sellers: Same thing they always say to me, not good looking enough, not magnetic enough. "Stick to radio, dear, that's what you're good at." Keep being the ringmaster in a circus of twits. Maybe I should just be content. Peg Sellers: You simpering cow. How can you be content changing nappies in a four room flat like a woman? You want to be a failure like your father, keep mewling about contentment. Peter Sellers: That's not very fair, Peg. Peg Sellers: I didn't bring you up to be content. I didn't slog round third-rate music halls doing 3 shows a night so you could powder your baby's bottom and whine about how no one gives the radio man a chance. Peter, no one's gonna hand it to you, you want success, you got to go out and take it. Bite the hand that feeds you, then there'll always be another hand with more food and they'll be impressed by the sharpness of your teeth! Peter Sellers: [In character as his father, talking about his childhood] Pete always got the last cake. Even if it were on someone elses plate. [Peter has noticed a scratch on his new Bentley, his young son Michael has tried to fix it by painting a white stripe across it, "just like a racing car". In response to this Peter furiously stomps all over his toys] Peter Sellers: You see Michael? I've fixed all your toys for you. Aren't they beautiful? [In a restaurant with Sophia Loren] Waiter: What would sir and madam say to a little fish? Peter Sellers: I'd probably say "Hello little fish!" Anne Sellers: I'm fucking bored of the little boy! Why can't you be a man? Dennis Selinger: [Handing Sellers a script] It's called The Pink Panther. Peter Sellers: Sounds like a bloody strip joint. For poofs. Businessman on Plane: Excuse me, but aren't you Peter Sellers? Peter Sellers: Not today. [Peter Sellers is flying to Rome to film The Pink Panther. As the stewardess is announcing that the plane will be landing shortly, he emerges from the toilet having shaved off his beard into a moustache] Peter Sellers: [In a caricatured French accent] Yes, I am looking for my tru-urngk. Lead Stewardess: Your tru-urng? Peter Sellers: What? Lead Stewardess: You said tru-urng? Peter Sellers: I know perfectly well what I said! Lead Stewardess: Right. I don't understand. Peter Sellers: Are you not familiar with Her Majesty's tongue? Lead Stewardess: Yes I am. And I can assure you, the word "tru-urng" does not exist in our language. Peter Sellers: Then I demand to spick with the person in chhargge. Lead Stewardess: I am the person in charge, sir. Peter Sellers: Ah! Then I demand to spick with you. Lead Stewardess: You are speaking to me. Peter Sellers: Of course I am spicking with you. What kind of a crazy stewardess thinks a passenger stands, spicking with himself? Lead Stewardess: What kind of a passenger puts everyone's lives at risk just before a landing, hm? Peter Sellers: Our lives are at risk! [the other passengers are startled] Lead Stewardess: [Over the loudspeaker] Our lives are not at risk. [to Sellers] Now sit down and belt up. I'm getting completely lost! Peter Sellers: Lorst? [He moves back down the aisle] Lead Stewardess: French twa... [She realises she's still holding the phone for the loudspeaker, she hangs up] Interviewer - Switzerland: Peter, how are you able to inhabit your characters so successfully? Peter Sellers: Ah well, you see, I don't really have any personality of my own. There used to be a me behind the mask but I had it surgically removed. [At the screening of the finished film of The Pink Panther] Blake Edwards: I'm not supposed to tell you but United Artists already wants a Clouseau sequel. Peter Sellers: Who's directing? Blake Edwards: Oh, probably some hack. Peter Sellers: I'm dead fucking serious. Blake Edwards: Peter, relax. Peter Sellers: You're not suggesting you would? Blake Edwards: What are you talking about? Peter Sellers: I was bloody awful up there. If that's what you're going to get out of me, I don't think I want to repeat the experience. Blake Edwards: You're blaming me for your performance? Peter Sellers: So you agree I was awful? Blake Edwards: I thought you were brilliant! Peter Sellers: What the fuck do you know? [Peg visits Peter on the Dr Strangelove set, but he stays in character as Strangelove the whole time] Limo Driver: How was lunch with your son, Mrs Sellers? Peg Sellers: I don't know really. I didn't see him. [Peter Sellers and Stanley Kubrick are riding in a limousine] Peter Sellers: Three character is enough. Three is a good number. Stanley Kubrick: You're being paid for four. Peter Sellers: You're stretching me too thin, Stanley. Who do you think I am? Stanley Kubrick: I think you're whoever I want you to be. Peter Sellers: Then who am I now? Stanley Kubrick: Peter, have you ever heard of Mutually Assured Destruction? Peter Sellers: Hum a few bars and I'll join in. Stanley Kubrick: It refers to when both sides in an atomic conflict are so powerful that if either side were to take action, it would inevitably result in the total annihilation of all concerned. I find this concept can be applied to many situations. Peter Sellers: You're a peculiar fucker, Stan. [Peter gets out of the car and it is revealed that they're in a stationary car in front of a rear projection screen on a film set] Stanley Kubrick: Wait Peter... Peter... Peter Sellers: You've got no idea what it's like to be me. Peter Sellers: I think I'm in love with you. Britt Ekland: But you've just met me. Peter Sellers: Then it's still fresh in my mind. [At Peter's wedding to the Swedish starlet Britt Ekland] Peg Sellers: You've only known that bleedin' Nazi for 3 weeks. Peter Sellers: Peg, I couldn't be happier. Peg Sellers: Why are you making the same mistake all over again? Peter Sellers: Because, my love, they won't let me marry you. [On their honeymoon] Peter Sellers: Are you sure you're my wife? Britt Ekland: What do you mean? Peter Sellers: Because no wife should be that good in the sack. Peter Sellers: [Tossing the Pink Panther Strikes Again script down] I could never be this broke. Blake Edwards: It wasn't easy for me to come here, Peter. Peter Sellers: Why, did your limousine break down? Blake Edwards: I considered making you kiss my ass. Peter Sellers: Not after that script's been through it. Blake Edwards: Still the funniest bastard around. Look Peter, I didn't come here out of desperation, I think it's a good idea and I can't do it without you. You need the money, I don't. And I certainly don't need the aggravation you are undoubtedly gonna bring me. Peter Sellers: What if I told you to fuck off? Blake Edwards: I'd say your ex-wives would be very disappointed in that attitude. Peter Sellers: Fuck my ex-wives. Blake Edwards: [Walking out] I have, now I know why you divorced 'em. Peter Sellers: [Spitting his drink out laughing] Blakey! You are the only son of a bitch who really understands me! [He hugs him] Dennis Selinger: Blake Edwards is the hottest director in Hollywood right now. Days of Wine and Roses, Breakfast at Tiffany's. He can get anyone he wants. And, Peter, he wants you. United Artists are putting a lot of weight behind this picture. It's going to get very wide, very international release. Now, you may be a big star in Britain, love, but the folks in Duluth have never heard of you. Peter Sellers: Well, we're even. I've never heard of Duluth. Dennis Selinger: [making a "money" gesture with his fingers] In the United States. Peter Sellers: Oh... That Duluth.

Other Titles

  1. The Life & Death of Peter Sellers (2004) (ENG)

  2. Tu chiamami Peter (2005) (ENG)

  3. Una pantera a Hollywood (2005) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. 33 Portland Place, Marylebone, London, England, UK - (Peter Sellers' London flat)
  2. Church Road, East Molesey, Surrey, England, UK
  3. RAF Northolt, Ruislip, London, England, UK
  4. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)


- After Britt tells Peter in the bathroom that she's pregnant, Peter spins the toilet paper and it doesn't stop rolling out. This same gag happens in 'Peter Sellers (I)' (qv)'s film _The Party (1968)_ (qv).

- The cartoon character of 'Peter Sellers (I)' (qv) in the opening animated title sequence went through over 40 changes until the final character was settled upon. The character was based on 'Geoffrey Rush' (qv)'s performance/performances of Sellers and was created by Irish animator 'Paul Donnellon' (qv) of VooDooDog.

- When 'Peter Sellers (I)' (qv) is in the car having sex with 'Sophia Loren' (qv)'s body double, the song being played is "Goodness Gracious Me". This particular song was performed as a duet between the real-life Sellers and Loren, and was a hit in the late-1960s in the UK and throughout Europe.

- Won the most Emmys for a made for television movie without winning the actual made for television movie award.

- Scenes were filmed with 'Emilia Fox' (qv) as 'Lynne Frederick' (qv), 'Peter Sellers (I)' (qv)'s fourth wife, but these were omitted from the final print. However they are featured on the DVD.

- The motorcycle 'Peter Sellers (I)' (qv) gives to 'Sarah