An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery, but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it, and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it. Written by
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Dick Van Dyke originally turned the part down but was repeatedly offered the part with more money added in each offer. When the offer reached seven figures plus a percentage of the profits, he accepted the role. See more »
During the shots of the haircut and the man chasing Mr Potts, we see a carousel operating in the background. It is running at full speed during most of the shots. In one shot, it is slowing to a stop. However, about 15 seconds later, we see it at full speed again. See more »
[referring to helping the children]
It's a beautiful dream Caractacus but, I don't see how it's gonna help them.
[Truly looks at the children around them and Caractacus stands up]
You know what we're gonna do? We're gonna get up into that castle!
It is impossible!
Well we'll see.
[Caractacus runs up to a large water channel and looks at the children watching]
[loud and clear]
Now everyone listen to me! You wanna get out of here, don't you?
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My two sons (now 4 and 2) have been obsessed with this movie for over a year now. They sing along to the songs and dance too - when old bamboo comes on, they pick up their sticks and hats and copy the routine. This is like an extended pantomime, with the scariest pantomime baddie in the history of movies. My brother couldn't sleep for a week after first seeing the childcatcher when he was 8. Anyway, this movie has everything - humour, pathos, great acting (and great casting), great songs and a great script (thank you Roald Dahl). I cannot fault this movie apart from the fact that it is a little long and the bit where they go off to vulgaria is a bit overextended. My family has now been to see the stage show twice too, and we are all firm "bang bang" nuts. If your kids have not seen this movie, then they haven't had a proper childhood!
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