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 »
When the spies are trying to catch the car under the bridge Mr. Scrupmtious crashes through their picture of the tunnel and into the truck but as the car goes through the picture you can see briefly that there isn't anything behind it. In the next cut they go right up the ramp and into the truck. See more »
Sir, have you come to help us?
[Catactacus walks over to him]
Are you going to take us out of here?
[Catactacus kneels in front of him]
What's your name, son?
Well, Peter, you shouldn't be afraid.
[Truly, the Toymaker and the children listen with interest]
Even in a terrible place like this, because there's always hope. That's what I always tell my children when they're... afraid.
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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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