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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ian Fleming (novel), Roald Dahl (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Caractacus Potts
Sally Ann Howes ... Truly Scrumptious
Lionel Jeffries ... Grandpa Potts
Gert Fröbe ... Baron Bomburst (as Gert Frobe)
Anna Quayle ... Baroness Bomburst
Benny Hill ... Toymaker
James Robertson Justice ... Lord Scrumptious
Robert Helpmann ... Child Catcher
Heather Ripley ... Jemima
Adrian Hall ... Jeremy
Barbara Windsor ... Blonde
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Admiral
Alexander Doré Alexander Doré ... First Spy (as Alexander Dore)
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Second Spy
Stanley Unwin Stanley Unwin ... Chancellor
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Storyline

An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it. Written by Murray Chapman <[email protected]>

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The most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history of everything! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French | Latin

Release Date:

18 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to Dick Van Dyke on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (2009), he said he was called into producer Albert R. Broccoli's office one day and offered the role of James Bond. Van Dyke declined, jokingly asking Cubby if he had heard his British accent, to which Cubby subsequently quipped "Oh yeah that's right" and quickly rescinded the offer. See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shot of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang driving down to the beach, the sea on the left side of the sand spit doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Jemima: He's awful!
Jeremy: He's terrible!
Caracticus Potts: Not only that, he isn't even nice.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a Sing-a-Long version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Last Passenger (2013) See more »

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Blue Devils
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Music by Charles Williams
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not at all chitty
12 December 2002 | by simonrosenbaumSee all my reviews

With a little trepidation I saw this after many years and was surprised how enjoyable it still was. The critics seemed to hate it especially the songs but having just watched "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" which the critics all love, I'll take "Chitty's" songs every time. It must be a generation thing. For a two and a half hour film I wasn't bored for a second, although the scenes with the baron's two spies were a mistake and seemed to belong to a different film. At least half the songs are classics that every "kid" of my age know instantly. Some of the humour is quite dark and the child catcher is still rather frightning. It's a children's classic that has been treated very unfairly over the years. (I've just found out that Lionel Jeffries is actually 6 months younger than his son!!) (8/10)


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