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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.

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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

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

Voted number 14 in Channel 4's (UK) "Greatest Family Films". See more »

Goofs

In the last shot of the still-closed barn doors, just before Jemima says "It's awfully quiet in there!", the barn door on the left begins to open for a split second. See more »

Quotes

Peter: Sir, have you come to help us?
[Catactacus walks over to him]
Peter: Are you going to take us out of here?
[Catactacus kneels in front of him]
Caracticus Potts: What's your name, son?
Peter: Peter, sir.
Caracticus Potts: [kindly] Well, Peter, you shouldn't be afraid.
[Truly, the Toymaker and the children listen with interest]
Caracticus Potts: [kindly] Even in a terrible place like this, because there's always hope. That's what I always tell my children when they're... afraid.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Kitten with a Whip (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

You Two
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Dick Van Dyke, Heather Ripley, and Adrian Hall
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Great Comic and Fantasy Film
21 December 2004 | by mynameisxenaSee all my reviews

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was one of those films from my childhood that I never outgrew. Every song, every outrageous comic moment tattooed itself on my memory and my heart. I love this film. It's funny, it's touching and it's beautifully made. True, it's not for the cynical or for those who want realism. For those, however, who seek adventure, comedy, great songs and most of all fun this classic 60's musical delivers it all in great style. A truly fun family film, although very small children may not be able to sit still through the entire movie (even with the Intermission). CCBB will always be at the top of my favourite movie list. Do yourself a favour if you like fun musical comedies and see Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes do some truly scrumptious work.


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