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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 19 December 1967 (USA)
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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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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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19 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Doktor Dolittle  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film had its official Royal World Charity Premiere on 12 December 1967 at the Odeon Marble Arch in London in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The US premiere was one week later. See more »

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Matthew Mugg plots to break Dr. Dolittle out of jail by blowing up the road with dynamite. The film is set in 1845; dynamite was invented in 1866. See more »

Quotes

Emma Fairfax: General Bellowes...
Dr. Dolittle: He certainly does.
Emma Fairfax: General Bellowes is my uncle.
Dr. Dolittle: I'm sorry.
Emma Fairfax: Is that an apology?
Dr. Dolittle: I'm sorry he's your uncle.
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Soundtracks

I Think I Like You
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar with vocal by Diana Lee
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The Great Doctor Dolittle
7 May 2003 | by (Edgewood, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I was taken as a child to see this movie in 1967 and loved it. I ended up buying the soundtrack, coloring books, puzzles, etc. It charmed me that much. Today, I still find it to be a great yet under-rated film. The DVD is nice, but this is a movie that is really meant to be seen on the big screen. That is why I also own a copy on 16mm film. What a difference it makes seeing it in this format. Regardless of how you watch it, this movie is entertaining for kids and adults of all ages. Those who might get bored with it are those who prefer the newer version with Eddie Murphey over this classic from 1967. Which, by the way, got nominated for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Song (Talk to the Animals). Rex Harrison's performance is outstanding as the wonderful Doctor Dolittle. I give this timeless film an 8 out of 10.


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