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The Mouse That Roared (1959)



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Political satire at its finest, and a great vehicle for Peter Sellers, too, who plays multiple roles. It's about a country who seeks revenue by declaring war on the United States, losing, and reaping all the reconstruction funds. Naturally, all does not go according to plan. Surely this film must have inspired Mel Brooks, whose great film The Producers involves similar scheming. But the humor of the two films could not be more different. Whereas The Producers is quintessentially Jewish, The Mouse That Roared is quintessentially British. Both are uncommonly fine comedies.