Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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This $10 million production is taken from the only children's novel done by master spy author Ian Fleming. Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an eccentric inventor, widower and family man who invents a magical car that can float and fly in addition to the usual road travel. The evil Baron Bombast (Gert Frobe) tries to steal the car and the inventor, but he grabs Potts' eccentric father (Lionel Jeffries) by mistake. Soon the family and candy heir Totally Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) are off to rescue grandpa, who still believes he is in the British Army fighting in India. They fly to a fantasy land where all children are jailed, and the adults must rescue the children to insure a safe family reunion. British comedy legend Benny Hill plays the role of the Toymaker. Eleven songs are presented by Robert and Richard Sherman, who provided the memorable music for another Van Dyke film, Mary Poppins.


Dick Van Dyke
as Caractacus Potts
Sally Ann Howes
as Truly Scrumptious
Lionel Jeffries
as Grandpa Potts
Adrian Hall
as Jeremy Potts
Gert Fröbe
as Baron Bomburst
Anna Quayle
as Baroness Bomburst
Benny Hill
as Toymaker
James Robertson Justice
as Lord Scrumptious
Robert Helpmann
as Child Catcher
Davy Kaye
as Admiral
Alexander Dore
as First Spy
Bernard Spear
as Second Spy
Stanley Unwin
as Chancellor
Peter Arne
as Captain of the Guard
Felix Felton
as Minister
Monti de Lyle
as Minister
Monte de Lyle
as Minister
Larry Taylor
as Lieutenant
Max Bacon
as Orchestra Leader
Max Wall
as Inventor
Gerald Taylor
as Inventors
Richard Wattis
as Secretary at Sweet Factory
Sadie Corre
as Field Worker
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Critic Reviews for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Audience Reviews for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • Aug 13, 2015
    Will be rememberd as a classic musical even though the film is one giant middle finger to the viewers at the end, And in my eyes it's just one giant mess not making a whole lot of sense and gets sillier and sillier.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    Dick Van Dyke shimmers with the usual headache-inducing yet loveable jigs and playful dances besides a beautiful lady. Even the kids are charming in this one for once. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a very strange one, but its definitely worth a watch with the family, I grew up with this film. Robert Helpmann's long-nosed Childcatcher was the bane of my nightmares and probably will be of yours too if you haven't seen this vintage gem yet.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2014
    "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you." Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is brought to the big screen as a lighthearted and fun family musical. Co-written by Roald Dahl, the story follows an inventor who rebuilds a broken down Grand Prix race car and ends up putting a little magic into it along the way. The performances are especially good; particularly Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, who both have tremendous screen presence. Additionally, the dance choreography is remarkably good and full of energy. The songs too are incredibly lively, with a lyrical quality that makes them quite catchy. Marvelously entertaining, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a heartwarming film that can be enjoyed by all ages.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2013
    Charming Bang Bang ends up running into a wall when our heros end up in the lair of Bomburst. What results is very strange dance routines and a disappointing end.
    John B Super Reviewer

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