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Doctor Dolittle -- A doctor who loves animals turns to caring for them and learns to speak 500 animal languages. Together with three friends he sets sail on a search for the great pink sea snail. Note: this movie begins with black video and music (a musical overture) for the first 2.5 minutes of playback.
Doctor Dolittle -- Trailer for this enchanting film about a man who talks to animals

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Director:
Writers:
Hugh Lofting (novels)
Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1967 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Ride across the sea inside the GIANT PINK SEA SNAIL! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Gem Not To Be Hidden At Bottom Of Treasure Chest See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Rex Harrison ... Dr. John Dolittle

Samantha Eggar ... Emma Fairfax

Anthony Newley ... Matthew Mugg

Richard Attenborough ... Albert Blossom

Peter Bull ... General Bellowes
Muriel Landers ... Mrs. Blossom
William Dix ... Tommy Stubbins

Geoffrey Holder ... William Shakespeare X
Portia Nelson ... Sarah Dolittle

Norma Varden ... Lady Fetherington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Cast ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Judy Chapman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Gene Columbus ... Circus Clown (uncredited)
Cyril Cross ... Charlie (uncredited)
Peter Crowcroft ... Assistant Judge (uncredited)
John Dolan ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Sir Rupert (uncredited)
Gub-Gub ... Pig (uncredited)
Eric Heath ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kendrick Huxham ... Elderly Man (uncredited)
Theron Jackson ... Boy (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lewis Loughran ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Angela Miller ... Child (uncredited)
Polynesia ... Parrot (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Strong Man (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Vicar (uncredited)
Danny Rees ... Juggler (uncredited)
Russell Robinson ... Child (uncredited)
Wally Ross ... Elephant Act (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Rufus ... Dog (uncredited)
Sophie ... Seal (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Assistant Judge (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... The Vicar (uncredited)
Olga Sutcliffe ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Ginny Tyler ... Polynesia (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Vernon ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Bob Winters ... Juggler (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Hugh Lofting (novels)

Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)

Produced by
Mort Abrahams .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leslie Bricusse 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
Marjorie Fowler 
 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
 
Art Direction by
Ed Graves 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Ray Aghayan 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager
Jack Stubbs .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Lang .... assistant director
Ray Corbett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Corcoran .... sound supervisor
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Buddy Myers .... sound (as John Myers)
Murray Spivack .... sound supervisor
Douglas O. Williams .... sound (as Douglas Williams)
Terrance Emerson .... cable man (uncredited)
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Howard Lydecker .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David McCann .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Leslie Bricusse .... lyricist
Alexander Courage .... conductor
Ian Fraser .... vocal supervisor
Robert Mayer .... music editor
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Herbert Ross .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Don Record .... title designer
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Herbert Ross .... choreographer (uncredited)
June Santantonio .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
152 min | 145 min (FMC Library Print)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #21389) | USA:G (re-rating) (1994)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film also faced strong competition from The Jungle Book (1967), which opened on the same week to considerable critical and audience acclaim.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Flounder is first seen "sailing," not only are the sails hanging limp, there is an obvious stirring behind the ship from its propeller, indicating that it's being powered by an engine.See more »
Quotes:
Emma Fairfax:I promise to ask for no special privileges.
Dr. Dolittle:I promise to grant none
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Top Gear: Episode #4.9" (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
When I Look In Your EyesSee more »

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Classic Gem Not To Be Hidden At Bottom Of Treasure Chest, 29 January 2004
Author: Doramius from Las Vegas, NV

If you don't appreciate wonderfully made movies that make people happy, go find a small island to keep away from the rest of the world.

Once again, movies like this prove 'a well thought out and developed plot and storyline' makes the movie a success at its foundation. The 'allstar cast' is just the beautifying of the cake with icing.

The writers seemed to realize that you can't always or do not have to force the plot lines to make a certain length of movie. They allowed the musical numbers to fill it up. On top of that, they didn't try to constrain the timeframe and edit out important details that allow a movie to flow. This is geared towards the family to make people feel good about anything and everything. Many writers these days are leaving films like this up to cartoon animators as cartoons seem to thought of hollywood as the "Childrens' Medium". This is a film that people of any age can feel good about and laugh together with.

Dr. Dolittle brings imagination to life by speaking to animals in a more realistic way. He's studied them and learned from experience how they communicate. He then takes his intelligence, almost by force, out to the world to find rare and unique animals and help out the world with the help of nature. This tale is often inspiring to many children to take care of animals. For those that have grown may remember some of the tunes and find yourself singing along.

The is truly a masterfully done marvel that any treasured classic video collection should have.

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