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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)
Contact:
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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:
Rex makes it wonderful... 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)
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)

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Trivia:
The film's release was accompanied by one of the most massive merchandising tie-in campaigns in Hollywood history. Among the items merchandised were puzzles, a reprint of the original Hugh Lofting series of books by Dell Publishing, children's toys (including talking Pushmi-Pullyu and Rex Harrison dolls from Mattel), school supplies, a line of pet foods and, in a truly bizarre move, small toy figures in each package of "Shake-a-Pudding". Additionally, as well as the obligatory soundtrack album, several major artists recorded "Talk to the Animals" and other songs from the picture, with star Anthony Newley recording an album of nothing but "Dolittle" songs for RCA Victor. Sammy Davis Jr. and Bobby Darin also released all-"Dolittle" albums along with instrumental albums from jazz musicians Joe Bushkin and Gordon Beck. Most of the merchandise sold poorly, killing off movie studio interest in such revenue streams. Ten years later, this attitude allowed George Lucas to easily get the merchandising rights for Star Wars (1977) and profit spectacularly from it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Dr. Dolittle escapes to the coast with a seal disguised as his grandmother. Soldiers stop their coach at a bridge. The coach in front of them crosses the same bridge three times.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Dolittle:Well, it's true/We do not live in a zoo/But Man is an animal too./So why can't you, like me/Like animals?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Tribe: Episode #2.20" (2000)See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Never Seen Anything Like ItSee more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Rex makes it wonderful..., 5 February 2001
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

So attached am I to Rex Harrison's personage to the character of Doctor Dolittle, when I see copies of Hugh Lofting's books without the movie tie-in shots I actually feel cheated. There is no other Doctor Dolittle for me. Harrison is wonderful and regal amongst his animals and I love many of his lines (the spin he gives to his dialogue makes the words his own). My favorite: "When you say 'He can speak crab and pelican', they'll say 'Like hell he can!'" (cue parrot's ruffled reaction). Admittedly, "Doctor Dolittle" gets off to a clunky start with Anthony Newley telling of Dolittle's beginnings...and the film goes into stillborn flashback mode. I get defensive if a movie foists a flashback on me in the first 15 minutes (and this flashback is a long one, laden with silly slapstick). Why not start the story with Dolittle finding his voice, cut the introduction with Newley, and then get on with the plot? After this tiresome, talky opening, the pacing does pick up (right about the time Richard Attenborough enters as circus-owner Blossom). Harrison is on-target throughout but, story-wise, momentum doesn't build until the second hour, when Dolittle and his companions hit the South Seas in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. Overall, the film simply LOOKS smashing, with marvelous locations in England's most beautiful city, Castle Combe. It is flawed (with that bad opening), but stick with it and see if you find Rex Harrison as charming as I did. **1/2 from ****

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