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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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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.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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United Artists

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Cast

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
Victor Maddern
as Junkman
Arthur Mullard
as Big Man
Gerald Campion
as Minister
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

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

Ken Adam's sets are inventive, but the special effects are shoddy, the songs instantly forgettable, and the leisurely length an exquisite torture.

June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A fast, dense, friendly children's musical, with something of the joys of singing together on a team bus on the way to a game.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang contains about the best two-hour children's movie you could hope for, with a marvelous magical auto and lots of adventure and a nutty old grandpa and a mean Baron and some funny dances and a couple of [scary] moments.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A too cutesy musical.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Starring Dick Van Dyke, this pleasant family fable with music was nominated for the Best Song Oscar

Full Review… | August 27, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

A fantastical car story custom made for kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

½

FROM THE VAULTS OF CLASSIC CHILDREN'S MOVIES: Comes the 1968 comedy-adventure musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Dick Van Dyke(who was Oscar nominated for Best Actor for Walt Disney's Mary Poppins)re-unites with musical composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman for this huge big budget spectacle that was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli(of the James Bond 007 movies),and based on a series of children's books by Ian Fleming(who was also the author of the James Bond novels),while literary giant Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay. Need more convincing? The film combines annoyingly catchy tunes(including its theme song,along with classic standards like "Truly Scrumptious","Too Sweets", and "Hushabye Mountain")tweety sweets,and a magical mysterious car that guides Professor Potts(Dick Van Dyke),his children and lady companion(Sally Ann Howes)on exciting fairy tale adventures set in Victorian England. Check out the star-studded cast ranging from Gert Forbe, Lionel Jeffries, Anna Quayle, Robert Helpmann(THE CHILD CATCHER!),and the hilarious British comedian Benny Hill. Not to mention this was a star studded spectacle presented in full Super Panavision 70MM and Technicolor with a running time of over 153 minutes.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

Super Reviewer

Despite the fact it is excruciatingly long and the songs were so bad that it drags the film down. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a mostly entertaining family film. I'd call it a minor classic in the fantasy genre.Also, I found that the children stars were more annoying than charming and that the magical feeling promised didn't come of as the film makers probably planned. But its colourful and its mostly fun. For mainstream audiences i'd say its entertaining but easily forgettable but for all you oldie fans you'll adore this.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A childhood favourite and a Classic Musical with an adventurous journey. From the whacky inventions to the dreamlike journey, it's a film filled with familiar songs to all with some memorable dance scenes.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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