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The Mouse on the Moon
The Mouse on the Moon
Actors: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff, Terry-Thomas
Director: Richard Lester
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2000     1hr 22min

The natives are growing restless in the tiny country of Grand Fenwick! There's no indoor plumbing, no money to pay for it and no one's had a hot bath in ages! Facing a winter without warm water, the conniving Prime Ministe...  more »


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Actors: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff, Terry-Thomas
Director: Richard Lester
Creators: Wilkie Cooper, Bill Lenny, Walter Shenson, Leonard Wibberley, Michael Pertwee
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/19/2000
Original Release Date: 06/17/1963
Theatrical Release Date: 06/17/1963
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 22min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Even funnier than "The Mouse That Roared"
S.F. DVD watcher | CA USA | 10/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this movie based on reviews I read here on and wasn't disappointed. I watched "The Mouse That Roared" first and thought it was funny, but in my opinion this movie is even better. Magaret Rutherford is great as the clueless Grand Duchess, I wish there was more of her in the movie.Ron Moody does a great job as the prime minister who is hung up on getting running hot water for his bathtub at any cost.There was a small take off on Dr. Strangelove that I liked. Two ex-German scientists one for the US and one for the USSR give their boss a Nazi salute before catching themselves.I had some good laughs throughout the movie. If you liked "The Mouse That Roared" I'm sure you'll like this movie."
"It's not that kind of privvy council, your majesty."
Pete Delaney | Staten Island, New York | 03/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A superior sequel to "The Mouse That Roared" where Prime Minister Bobo (a manic and hilarious Ron Moody)cons both Russia and the USA into sending Grand Fenwick space research funds and equipment that he can recycle into a plumbing system for the castle. Then the scientist from the first movie actually heads for the moon in a Jules Vern-ish Victorian space ship using the Grand Fenwick wine crop as rocket fuel. Lester and Shenson made this film right before they teamed for HARD DAYS NIGHT and the dry British wit is very apparent. Margaret Rutherford even says a line that John Lennon would say in HDN."
A delightful satire of the Cold War
Joe Sixpack -- | Middle America | 12/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of my favorite comedies from back when I was a kid (and they used to show old films like this on broadcast TV...) One of those rare instances in which a sequel to a cult film is still fun enough to make it on its own merits, despite losing the original lead actor. This is the followup to the kooky Peter Sellers classic, "The Mouse That Roared," returning us to Duchy of Grand Fenwick, an eccentric European backwater that makes Lichtenstein seem like the Ottoman Empire. Sellers is gone, but the farce remains, as the Grand Fenwickians inadvertently enter the Cold War space race, with the US, USSR and UK all falling over themselves to try and either control or subvert the tiny country's absurdly rickety space program. There are fine character bits, with Ron Moody and Margaret Rutherford starring, respectively, as Grand Fenwick's prime minister and queen, but what makes this film an enduring classic is how deftly it satirizes the already-farcical propaganda wars between America and the Soviet Union (that Great Britain really factored in as a "player" in the Kennedy-era Cold War is a quaint, Bond-ian affectation...) A genuinely funny film that stands on its own dramatically, but which is also a priceless snapshot of the times it was made in. Recommended!"
Not as Good as the Original
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 09/08/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Fitfully funny satire about the space race but it is not as amusing as "The Mouse That Roared." Sorely lacking here is the presence of Peter Sellers. It's interesting to watch political satire of it's time but the space race does not have the resonance today that the arms race did."