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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 19 December 1967 (USA)
After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientèle, he and his friends escape their hometown to sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Doctor Dolittle is a world-renowned veterinarian who speaks a wide array of animal languages. He sets off from his home in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, England, in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. In so doing, he and his friends meet such exotic creatures as the Pushme-Pullyu and the Giant Lunar Moth. This musical is the source of the hit song, "If I Could Talk To The Animals." Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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Escape a Shipwreck and Travel on a Floating Island with CANNIBALS who Perform Shakespeare! See more »


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19 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Doktor Dolittle  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,000,000 (USA)
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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As set decorator Stuart A. Reiss recalled in the book Pictures at a Revolution, the California sets had to be built on a slant so they could drain in case animals (such as cows or birds) made a mess. They also had labourers on standby with brooms, and all of the furniture had to hosed down and washed every night. And there had to be duplicates of everything, even the walls, in case a big animal backed up into it or kicked it. Furthermore, the sets had the problem of a nasty stench resulting from animal waste and the gallons of ammonia used to clean them. To add to this, despite birds being tethered to railings, a few of them escaped and managed to get caught in the netting on the ceiling of the soundstages. See more »

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When the dolphin retrieves the doctor's hat, the camera and crew are reflected in the water See more »

Quotes

Dr. Dolittle: [singing about why he's a vegetarian] I stay away from deviled ham on principle/I wouldn't eat roast duckling if I could/Willpower has made me invincible!/My word, those sausages look good...
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Referenced in Congo (1995) See more »

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I Think I Like You
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar with vocal by Diana Lee
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absolutely brilliant!!
5 November 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This has got to be one of the best movies ever made. The many wonderful and most importantly, memorable songs and lively characters contribute to the exciting and magical nature of the storyline. Anyone who can not see the inherent brilliance of this movie within the constraints placed upon films from this era is clearly missing the point. The delightful characters each add their own individual ideas to a film which has touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Rex Harrison plays a wonderful Doctor, forever entertaining and much more convincing than Eddie Murphy in the tragic American remake. This film is brilliant in its own right, and is definitely one for the books.


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