The Mouse on the Moon

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1 h 25 min1963UHDALL
Joy in the impoverished Duchy of Grand Fenwick...their locally produced (undrinkable) wine works splendidly as rocket fuel. Their mission: to prove the case by reaching the moon before the Americans or the Russians.
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Richard Lester
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ComedyFantasyDrama
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Magnifying GlassReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
1962
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Unless you are at least fifty-five, most people will likely miss some of the topical comical references in this 1962 movie.

If you are living in 1962, here are some things that you are most likely aware of.

It is the early days of the space age. The first two satellites - Russia's Sputnik 1 and 2 - to orbit the Earth were launched five years ago. Sputnik 2 carried the first animal to go into space: a dog named Laika. So little was known at the time about the effects of space travel on human beings that animals were used initially to learn if there were any show stoppers. The Soviet Union used dogs.

Last April, the first man was launched into space aboard the Russian Vostok 1. His name was Yuri Gagarin. He flew a single orbit around the Earth and landed safely. One month later, U.S. President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech committing the United States to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely. The project was called Apollo. The race to the Moon was on.

Last August, the Soviets built a wall separating East and West Berlin.

And lastly, there is a subculture in some cities known as 'beatniks': young people who reject society.

Double-sided disc. On one side of the disc is the Full Screen version. On the flip side is the Widescreen version; however, it is formatted in letterbox designed for old TV screens. When you view the widescreen side of the disc on a flat-panel wide-screen TV, you will see a small widescreen picture in the middle of your screen. To fill the screen on my TV (Sony), I had to select: 'Screen', 'Wide Mode', 'Zoom'.

Picture (DVD): Good.
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DianeReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Classic Comedy at its Best
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Loved this movie in the 60"s, still love it now. Thank God for British comedy for having the sense to laugh at themselves as well as everyone else. We sometimes got to full of ourselves and this is the perfect way to laugh it off.
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Don Edward CookReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Mouse on The Moon -- rip-roaring political science fiction-comedy at its best!
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This rip-roaring riotously funny sequel to "The Mouse That Roared" (1959), in spite of the absence of Peter Sellers, is a prime example of a side to the space race that fans of political satire could always stand more of -- political science fiction! When the wines of Grand Fenwick backfire (Literally!), the tiny duchy is yet thrown into another crazy crisis that ol' Prime Minister Mountjoy tries his best to swindle, connive, side-wind his way out of the mess. However, all is not lost when Grand Fenwick's leading scientist finds the latest vintage of the nation's wine (and sole export) makes for excellent rocket fuel. When the Americans and Soviets try to get in on the action, a great space-out of laughs is had by all! This piece of political science fiction-satire-comedy is not to be missed. Go to Amazon.com, buy a DVD copy, and sit down and enjoy it -- laughs-wise!
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Paul AtchisonReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A charming British comedy. Excellent Movie!
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I just watched this for the first time on Prime Video and loved it. It's not side-splittingly hilarious, but it is pretty funny. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the 1960's space race will get most of the jokes and there's a tasteful amount of slapstick too. It's cheesy without being obnoxious and just a fun little movie. Great kind of movie for a rainy day.

Apparently it's a sequel to a movie called The Mouse That Roared. I haven't seen that one yet, but I followed this one without seeing the first movie. After watching this, I definitely plan on checking that one out.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
Even funnier than "The Mouse That Roared"
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I bought this movie based on reviews I read here on Amazon.com 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.
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d m wlodarskiReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
The book is better by far
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The movie is okay the book is far better. The basic outline of the book is here but many key elements are missing or changed. The ending is totally changed and the political satire is toned down
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JohnReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful
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Just delightful, very fun.
JonathanReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sequel to Mouse That Roared
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I rate The Mouse On The Moon as 4 of 5. It didn't have the same quality of humor as its predecessor The Mouse That Roared, but nevertheless still a very funny movie and worth watching.

The difference I think is that in the first movie(The Mouse That Roared) the narrator told his story as if it was wild and unbelievable, yet he appealed to the audience to accept that it was true. This movie (The Mouse on the Moon) maintained or even surpassed the silliness of the first, but lacked the appeal that it was a wild yet still true story. Not to say that they did anything specifically to make you think that it was not true, but when they tell a story that wild you need the appeal to believe it is true to keep you in the story as the first movie does.

Having said that, I still think this movie is worth buying, just know that if you are a fan of the first movie, this one just doesn't meet the same standard.
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