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The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)

| Documentary | 2018 (USA)
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A comedy genius, a hot new director and a 17th Century pirate film. What could possibly go wrong?


Peter Medak
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Credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Himself (archive footage)
Spike Milligan ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Medak ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maggie Abbott Maggie Abbott ... Herself
Thomas Baptiste ... Himself (archive footage)
Lorenzo Berni Lorenzo Berni ... Himself
Rene Borisewitz Rene Borisewitz ... Himself
Peter Boyle ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Christodoulou Tony Christodoulou ... Himself
Robin Dalton Robin Dalton ... Herself
Kostas Dimitriou Kostas Dimitriou ... Himself (as Costas Demitriou)
Joe Dunne Joe Dunne ... Himself
Costas Evagorou Costas Evagorou ... Himself
Norma Farnes Norma Farnes ... Herself
Anthony Franciosa ... Himself (archive footage)


In 1973 Peter Sellers, one of the biggest comedy actors at the time, embarked on a pirate comedy for Columbia Pictures. He lost confidence with the film immediately and tried to sabotage it, first firing the producers before turning on his friend (and the film's young director), Peter Medak. Despite an illustrious career and the passing of 43 years since the unraveling production, Medak is still reeling from the disastrous experience and healing the wounds inflicted by Sellers and the film's failure. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a comic-tragic feature doc about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster.

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A comedy genius, a 'hot' young director and a 17th Century pirate comedy. What could possibly go wrong...





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Official site [Cyprus]





Release Date:

2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Sellers spöke See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Vegas Media See more »
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2.35 : 1
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References Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973) See more »

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A Ship that Sellers sank down
28 October 2019 | by topitimo-829-270459See all my reviews

This documentary by Hungarian-born director of mostly British films, Peter Medak, is an interesting self-retrospective. In 1973 Medak was fresh off a few successful films like "The Ruling Class" (1972). He was then asked by world famous comedian Peter Sellers, to helm a pirate-themed comedy, starring Sellers and his comedic frenemy Spike Milligan. This resulted in "Ghost in the Noonday Sun", a film so infamously bad, that it couldn't be released.

"The Ghost of Peter Sellers" documents the making of the pirate comedy in Cyprus. Sellers was always difficult but on this film, he was unbearable. Medak recounts everything he had to go through during the production. It obviously left him with a great deal of traumas, and this documentary seems to be his way of finally getting closure. The title is correct in that Peter Sellers is a ghost looming over this narrative, not the main subject of the narrative. I found this to be very interesting, and it's educational too. You should never make a film just because you can get the financing together. Otherwise you are bound to have on your hands nightmares just like this one.

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