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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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Hugh Lofting (novels)
Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1967 (USA) See more »
Ride across the sea inside the GIANT PINK SEA SNAIL! See more »
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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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A more family friendly Dolittle See more (42 total) »


  (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
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 Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Herbert Ross .... choreographer (uncredited)
June Santantonio .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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152 min | 145 min (FMC Library Print)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
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?

No one on the production liked the song "Talk to the Animals". It is arguably the most well-known song in the film, not to mention the one that took home an Oscar.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When considering ways to change the course of the island, the Doctor says elephants cannot swim. In fact, elephants are excellent swimmers.See more »
Dr. Dolittle:I do not understand the human race/Has so little love for creatures with a different face./Treating animals like people is no madness or disgrace./I do not understand the human race.See more »
Movie Connections:
My Friend The Doctor (Flight Of The Luna Moth Sequence)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A more family friendly Dolittle, 16 March 2002
Author: LadyArwyn from Washington State

Having grown up loving the music, storyline and animal interactions in the origional Doctor Dolittle, it was a jarring shock to watch the scatological-joke loaded remake.

Doctor Dolittle is a wonderful clean family film, with plenty of adult jokes to keep the parents chuckling and visual slapstick to tickle the young ones' funnybones. The music is top rate with the Oscar winning "Walk With the Animals" leading the way as the good Doctor searches for the Great Pink Sea Snail, encountering a number of wacky adventures along the way.

Doctor Dolittle would make a great companion to "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" for an evening of old fashioned family entertainment. Suspend you disbelief for a few hours and watch this one with your kids and toss the remake in the garbage disposal.

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