The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Add to Queue

Adult themes, Drug use, Low level sex scenes, Medium level coars language

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Actors: Stanley Tucci, Geoffrey Rush, John Lithgow, Charlize Theron, Miriam Margolyes, Peter Vaughan, Stephen Fry, Emily Watson, Alison Steadman, Edward Tudor-Pole, David Robb, Richard Ayoade, Henry Goodman, Peter Gevisser, Sonia Aquino

The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.

Status: Normal
Run time: 126mins
Aspect Ratio:
Audio Formats:

Member Reviews (50)

DVD contains several extra features including some deleted scenes, "the making of", commentaries from both the director and the main actor (G.R.), etc. Fascinating depiction of a genius actor/comedian but at the same time what a deeply troubled man he was; both distrustful and self-absorbed, ultimately self-destructive. He was full of contradictions, very likely suffered from both manic depression and alcohol and cocaine addictions. The hart problems might have contributed too, although to quote somebody's response to his heart attacks: "You have to have a a heart before you can have an attack". He was an unbearable monster to his children, four wives, numerous directors and other actors. Left a trail of misery in his personal life. but At the same time a genius of mimicry, stagecraft, etc. "A comedian of great gifts but but faulty judgment". Congratulations to G. Rush for his excellent impersonation of P.S.
Posted Tuesday, 27 November 2012 See my other reviews
Jill Brewin
Brilliant acting by Geoffrey Rush and excellent characterisation of Peter Sellers.
Posted Tuesday, 5 June 2012 See my other reviews
Geoffrey Rush once again proves that he's the greatest actor this country has ever produced and one of the all-time greats, full stop. His ability to morph into any character at will (including his own family members) is a spine-chilling reminder that, like many performers, he is only alive when he's inhabiting someone else's persona.
Posted Wednesday, 25 August 2010 See my other reviews
Excellent. Geoffrey Rush is a genius.
Posted Monday, 19 April 2010 See my other reviews
Catherine T.
A fantastic showcase for the talents of Mr Rush, a very good attempt at telling the tale of such a complex life and personality, with some attempt at showing Mr Sellars POV. Overall as a movie, I found it less than engaging at times, I do like to be rivetted by good material, and though I am a fan of both the Subject and the portrayer of said subject, I wasn't rivetted by the experience. I'm glad I watched it but I wouldn't watch it twice.
Posted Thursday, 11 February 2010 See my other reviews
Great cast, great acting, Geoffrey Rush is amazing. Growing up watching Peter Sellers on TV, it was amazing seeing the private man who struggled within himself and his insecurities.
Posted Saturday, 30 January 2010 See my other reviews
I'm wasn't quite sure who Peter Sellers was before watching this movie. After watching it, I can say that he is truly a horrible, self centred man, who treats his loved ones without respect and possibly has a "few screws loose". I didn't really like how Peter would sometimes become the character, like his mother or father, at the end of a scene. Good acting by Geoffrey Rush.
Posted Sunday, 7 June 2009 See my other reviews
Karin S.
as a documentary about Peter Seller's the movie was dissapointing because it provided a very patchy account of his life... what about the other two marriages? But Geoffrey Rush's Performance was flawless.
Posted Thursday, 28 May 2009 See my other reviews
Deborah H.
Fantastic movie, Geoffrey Rush was superb and had Peter Sellars mannerisms etc down pat. Highly recommended.
Posted Monday, 15 December 2008 See my other reviews
Nigel W.
By all accounts Sellers was an insecure individual subject to childish tantrums. Unfortunately this biopic trivialises the whole thing by trying to make it into the style of a sixties Sellers movie. Avoid and watch his movies instead.
Posted Tuesday, 26 August 2008 See my other reviews
Kim J.
I didn't like the directional format this movie was presented in, with Rush breaking character to inhabit the other characters in Sellers life. A better script certainly would have helped too. However, you cannot fault the incredible talent that is Rush. Always a fan of his, but I think this is deffinately some of his best work, I've seen so far. Get this one out, if only just to enjoy his brilliance
Posted Wednesday, 30 January 2008 See my other reviews
Anna S.
Some reservations, as I did not feel it captured the whole man - he was a friend of my sister! However, Geoffery Rush did a great job as far as the script allowed. There was some good cameo acting. Certainly worth watching.
Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2007 See my other reviews
Darrin S.
Posted Monday, 23 July 2007 See my other reviews
Brad W.
Was he a genius, eccentric, mad, troubled or insecure? All of the above. Geoffery Rush is brilliant. You'd swear he was the real Peter Sellers.
Posted Monday, 9 July 2007 See my other reviews
Liz E.
The scenes of him and his children disgusted me so much I had no care in the life or death of Peter Sellers, but maybe others could appreciate this movie.
Posted Wednesday, 20 June 2007 See my other reviews
Lorene J.
Geoffrey Rush was absolutely brilliant in this film.
Posted Thursday, 24 May 2007 See my other reviews
Loris O.
I thought it was a great movie and Goeffrey Rush was fantastic
Posted Monday, 21 May 2007 See my other reviews
Jillian M.
like watching a car crash - fascinating and repulsive!
Posted Sunday, 20 May 2007 See my other reviews
Gavin S.
Mr Rush shows his amazing range - is there anything he can't do??
Posted Friday, 18 May 2007 See my other reviews
Nathan C.
Posted Tuesday, 15 May 2007 See my other reviews
Bev M.
Posted Wednesday, 14 February 2007 See my other reviews
I'm a huge Peter Sellers and Geoffery Rush fan but this film put me right off both of them - too much symbolism throughout the film and all the characters really started to irritate me after a while. Surely Sellers was not as annoying and unlikable as Rush portrayed him.
Posted Monday, 8 January 2007 See my other reviews
Christine M.
Posted Tuesday, 3 October 2006 See my other reviews
Lynne W.
An excellent movie. Geoffrey Rush's performance as Peter Sellers was fantastic.
Posted Wednesday, 2 August 2006 See my other reviews
Helen M.
Geoffrey Rush's performance is excellent, and the narrative of the film well paced. The film provided an insightful look at Peter Seller's, the person.
Posted Tuesday, 1 August 2006 See my other reviews
Chris D.
A triumph of look and feel, excellent actors doing... well not much really. Rush plays about 15 characters with conviction and aplomb but in the end the whole film is a dissatisfying character assassination of a fallen star. Kudos to wardrobe and makeup though.
Posted Tuesday, 1 August 2006 See my other reviews
Joy T.
Posted Friday, 21 July 2006 See my other reviews
Vicki C.
Posted Thursday, 4 May 2006 See my other reviews
Ann M.
Rush became Sellars. Sellars was such a complex man it was hard to fit it all into one movie. Great stuff
Posted Thursday, 4 May 2006 See my other reviews
Charlie G.
Not for everyone - but a clever take on Sellers, with some intelligent devices, and outstanding acting from Geoffrey Rush. Rush and the Director's own commentary is worth listening to, if you want get into the mind of the filmakers involved, and understand all they were trying to do with this.
Posted Saturday, 22 April 2006 See my other reviews
Posted Thursday, 23 February 2006 See my other reviews
Peter V.
a movie well worth seeing
Posted Tuesday, 21 February 2006 See my other reviews
Knowing something through the media of the history of Peter Sellers, I enjoyed this movie very much, though the friend I watched it with who did not know much about the man, thought it was OK. Geoffrey Rush was superb as the manic, sad clown, & his "Goons" imprerssions had me in fits. With "The Goons", well, you had to be there!
Posted Friday, 6 January 2006 See my other reviews
One of the most honest biographies on film. After watching you will never feel quite the same way about Sellers - but his genius shines through. Heart breaking to think of the troubled life of one who gave such pleasure to so many. Rush is magnificent.
Posted Monday, 21 November 2005 See my other reviews
Tim H.
Geoffrey Rush is brilliant. He left you in no doubt he was Sellers. I can't exactly put my finger on it but I was disappointed with the film. Maybe trying to fit a life like this into 2 hours is impossible, a lot is left out or trivialised.
Posted Tuesday, 25 October 2005 See my other reviews
Well done on the life of Peter Sellers emerging from a radio star to the famous Pink Panther and his unfortunate passing by a bad heart that plagued him for years. I thought very similar to the Cole Porter movie.
Posted Friday, 30 September 2005 See my other reviews
Jan M.
Posted Wednesday, 7 September 2005 See my other reviews
Geoffrey Rush was amazing as Peter Sellers. Shows Seller's self obsession, selfishness & how he was completely oblivious to others. Very good cast and recreation of the period. Found the parts where Rush becomes Seller's Mum & Dad pointless. Felt the time could have been better used if only briefly to cover marriages 3 & 4. At end of movie says that wife no 4 inherited Seller's fortune in spite of him about to cut her out of will and that his children only received $2000 each, which opens up another series of questions.
Posted Monday, 8 August 2005 See my other reviews
This movie just might work for some if you haven't seen the original Alfie starring Michael Caine. The contrivance of talking direct to camera worked well in the original but failed in the remake. The attempts to update the story - setting it in New York, Alfie's come-uppance - just didn't work. Interesting to watch the special features which revealed that the producer and director seemed to know they'd made a mess of it but tried to justify their efforts - unsuccessfully. Or is it all because the Alfie plot is really irrelevant today, that he was a character only of his time?
Posted Wednesday, 3 August 2005 See my other reviews
Stefano Boscutti
Posted Thursday, 21 July 2005 See my other reviews
Verity Daly
Most interesting.
Posted Monday, 18 July 2005 See my other reviews
Verity Daly
Posted Saturday, 16 July 2005 See my other reviews
John Dawson
Posted Thursday, 7 July 2005 See my other reviews
Peter Lanzetti
Posted Thursday, 30 June 2005 See my other reviews
I think this film could had been served great benefit if they had introduced who Peter Sellars was, after watching the entire film I am still left going so who was he but in someways he was no one if you take the theme of the film. Geoffrey Rush is probably the only person apart from Mike Myers who could had pulled this role off, but they it would had been a totally different genre indeed.
Posted Friday, 3 June 2005 See my other reviews
Peter Bedo
I am highly disappointed with this. I'm not sure the director knew exactly what he wanted to say with this but he obviously didn't like Sellers. We get lots of bits of everything and no real direction. He throws in Sellers' relationship with two of his wives and ignores the other two. He looks at Sellers' late and internationally renowened films but merely mentions in passing his earlier great works. He focuses on the actor's erratic moments and never shows us his other side. Rush's performance however can't be faulted and does enaugh to save the film.
Posted Thursday, 2 June 2005 See my other reviews
Caiti Baker
A brilliant performance by Geoffrey Rush. By the end, I had no confusion of the persona he embodied; he was Peter Sellers.
Posted Wednesday, 11 May 2005 See my other reviews
Anita Singh
Geoffrey Rush is mesmerising as Peter Sellers.
Posted Tuesday, 3 May 2005 See my other reviews
Whale Tony
Posted Tuesday, 3 May 2005 See my other reviews
Chris D
A deeply touching portrayal of a totally flawed genius, sometimes funny, mostly sad, and occasionally surreal. Outstanding performances, especially Geoffrey Rush and Charlize Theron. Partially explains the justification for these flaws through oedipal tendencies, manifesting themselves into violent rages and lack of self esteem - fascinating stuff.
Posted Wednesday, 13 April 2005 See my other reviews
Paused... Buffering... Playing...