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]>
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asking Cubby if he had heard his British accent, to which Cubby subsequently quipped "Oh yeah that's right" and quickly rescinded the offer.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 »
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 »
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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