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Director:
Writers:
Roald Dahl (screenplay)
Ian Fleming (novel) ...
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Release Date:
18 December 1968 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history of everything! See more »
Plot:
A hapless inventor finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
James Bond goes to Romper Room See more (148 total) »

Cast

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Dick Van Dyke ... Caractacus Potts

Sally Ann Howes ... Truly Scrumptious

Lionel Jeffries ... Grandpa Potts

Gert Fröbe ... Baron Bomburst (as Gert Frobe)

Anna Quayle ... Baroness Bomburst

Benny Hill ... Toymaker

James Robertson Justice ... Lord Scrumptious

Robert Helpmann ... Child Catcher

Heather Ripley ... Jemima

Adrian Hall ... Jeremy

Barbara Windsor ... Blonde
Davy Kaye ... Admiral
Alexander Doré ... First Spy (as Alexander Dore)
Bernard Spear ... Second Spy
Stanley Unwin ... Chancellor
Peter Arne ... Captain of Guard

Desmond Llewelyn ... Coggins
Victor Maddern ... Junkman
Arthur Mullard ... Big Man
Ross Parker ... Chef
Gerald Campion ... Minister
Felix Felton ... Minister
Monti DeLyle ... Minister (as Monti de Lyle)
Totti Truman Taylor ... Duchess
Larry Taylor ... Lieutenant
Max Bacon ... Orchestra Leader
Max Wall ... Inventor
John Heawood ... Inventor
Michael Darbyshire ... Inventor
Kenneth Waller ... Inventor
Gerald Taylor ... Inventor
Eddie Davis ... Inventor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Audreson ... Peter (uncredited)
Theo Aygar ... 4th Minister (uncredited)
John Baskcomb ... Castle Chef (uncredited)
Eunice Black ... Courtier (uncredited)

Phil Collins ... Vulgarian child (uncredited)
Sadie Corre ... Field Worker (uncredited)
John Crocker ... Under Chef (uncredited)
Gabrielle Daye ... Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Soldier at Castle (uncredited)
Gary Graham ... Child in Castle (uncredited)
Kay Hamilton ... 3rd Duchess (uncredited)
Miranda Hampton ... Scullery Maid (uncredited)
Robert Jenner ... Field Worker (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... Child in Castle (uncredited)
Jim Machin ... Child (uncredited)
Connel Miles ... Dancer (uncredited)
Roy Murray ... Fairground Barker (uncredited)
Grace Newcombe ... 2nd Duchess (uncredited)
Dickie Owen ... Major Domo (uncredited)
Colin Rix ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Jessie Robins ... Pastry Cook (uncredited)
Joseph Ross ... Child in Castle (uncredited)
Peter Ross ... Child in Castle (uncredited)
Janette Rowsell ... Scullery Maid (uncredited)
John Ruddock ... Minister of Finance (uncredited)
Rosetta Tropea ... Child at the Fair (uncredited)
Richard Wattis ... Secretary at Sweet Factory (uncredited)
Jeannette Wild ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Hughes 
 
Writing credits
Roald Dahl  screenplay &
Ian Fleming  novel &
Ken Hughes  screenplay

Richard Maibaum (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
Stanley Sopel .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Richard M. Sherman 
Robert B. Sherman 
Irwin Kostal (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Harry Pottle 
 
Costume Design by
Joan Bridge (colour costume designer)
Elizabeth Haffenden (colour costume designer)
 
Production Management
David Middlemas .... production supervisor
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... second assistant director
Richard Taylor .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Robert W. Laing .... assistant art director (as Bob Laing)
Peter Lamont .... assistant art director
Jack Stephens .... associate art director
Michael White .... assistant art director
John Chisholm .... prop man (uncredited)
Maggie Pinhorn .... draughtswoman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Hynes .... sound recorded by
Harry Miller .... dubbing editor
John W. Mitchell .... sound recorded by (as John Mitchell)
Les Wiggins .... dubbing editor
Maurice Askew .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Richard Best Jr. .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Lacey .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Anthony Sloman .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
Wally Armitage .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... matte effects
Roy Field .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Mike Reid .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Harris .... camera operator
John Jordan .... aerial cameraman
Skeets Kelly .... second unit cameraman
Martin Body .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike Fox .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
George Pink .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe supervisor
Keeley 'Wyn' Ellen Winifred .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marc Breaux .... stager: musical numbers
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Irwin Kostal .... conductor
Irwin Kostal .... music supervisor
Richard M. Sherman .... lyrics by
Robert B. Sherman .... lyrics by
Dee Dee Wood .... stager: musical numbers
Irwin Kostal .... musical director (uncredited)
Irwin Kostal .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
Rowland Emett .... creator: Potts inventions
Frank Ernst .... location manager
Peter R. Hunt .... production associate (as Peter Hunt)
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Antonia Ellis .... double: Sally Ann Howes (uncredited)
Peter R. Hunt .... title sequence (uncredited)
Peter Ross .... stand-in: Adrian Hall (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
144 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Norway:7 (original rating) | Norway:5 (video rating) | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 (original rating) | Sweden:Btl (cut) (1969) | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 21682) | West Germany:o.Al.

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Trivia:
The musical number 'Toot Sweets' took three weeks to film and involved 38 dancers, 40 singers, 85 musicians and 100 dogs.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the zeppelin is carrying the privy, the zeppelin appears to be moving much faster than the privy during close up shots of the flight deck of the zeppelin and the privy.See more »
Quotes:
Caractacus Pott:Truly! I'm sorry about the children. I hope they didn't embarrass you.
Truly Scrumptious:In what way?
Caractacus Pott:Why, that silly joke about us getting married. Well, you know how kids are.
Truly Scrumptious:Yes, I understand.
Caractacus Pott:Wel, I don't think they realize how ridiculous that would be.
Truly Scrumptious:Ridiculous?
Caractacus Pott:Well, yes. Well, the factory, and your father and all. It's a different world, Truly.
Truly Scrumptious:You know, if I said something like that, you'd call me a snob.
Caractacus Pott:What? I didn't mean sn...
Truly Scrumptious:Goodbye!
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FAQ

Why doesn't Dick Van Dyke use an English accent?
Is this movie based on a book?
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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
James Bond goes to Romper Room, 22 June 2001
Author: Dave Hogan from Los Angeles, Ca

I'm one of many thirty-somethings that grew up on this movie and later suffered nightmares featuring the Child Catcher. To this day, I still feel an uneasy chill when I hear the words "kiddie-winkies". Bit I still love this film on several levels. I loved it as a child because it's great cinema for children. I love it as a film student because it's a well-crafted, timeless fairytale. And I love it as an adult because it full of suggestive double meanings, much like the Warner Bros cartoons of the 1940s - the type of things that shoot straight over kids' heads and make adults snicker knowingly. With a screenplay penned by Ian Fleming, this should come as no surprise.

Dick Van Dyke is Caractacus Potts, a wacky inventor who inexplicably lives in England with his two inexplicably English children. Caractacus Potts...wacky inventor,,,get it? Hoo hah! Potts and his two children (whose pictures may be seen in the dictionary next to the word "moppet") live with the senior Mr. Potts in a windmill/labratory. Caractacus rescues a junked motorcar from rusting in a field and restores it to new - meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, named for the sounds the car makes. Soon thereafter in one of those Pipi Longstocking-esque child-arranged dates, Potts and his two children go on a picnic with local richgirl Truly Scrumptious - possibly the best Bond Girl name since Pussy Galore. As the day winds down, Potts tells the children a story, in which the foursome embark on a great adventure in the resplendent Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which Potts as rigged to fly, float, drive itself, and perform other turn-of-the-century Batmobile-like functions.

Our heroes end up in a far away kingdom ruled over by the Baron and Baroness Bomburst (Gert Frobe and Anna Quayle), a terribly sad place where children have been outlawed, rounded up, and kept in a dungeon. The gang and Chitty invade the kingdom to rescue Potts' father, who has mistakenly been identified as the inventor of the flying car and kidnapped. There, they befriend a toymaker (played by Benny Hill in one of his stock characters from his TV show) who hides the children while they attempt to spring grandpa Potts. Enter the Child Catcher, who lures the children with free lollipops and takes them away to the dungeon. Potts and the toymaker (who now only makes toys for the child-like king) hatch a plan to infiltrate the castle, rescue the elder Potts and the twin moppets, and free all the other children as well.

I have two favorite scenes in this film. One is the musical number in the castle, where Truly and Potts are disguised as huge toys for the Baron's birthday. Truly is a wind-up doll on a music box, and Potts is a marionette who does a dance number that not only convinces you that he really is on strings, but that Dick Van Dyke is one of the most talented performers ever to be caught on film. My other favorite scene, I admit with guilt, is the one where the Baron and Baroness are readying themselves for bedtime, and prancing around the room in nightclothes calling each other by ultra-gooey-cute pet names. However, whenever the Baroness isn't looking, Baron Goldfinger takes a swing at her with an axe. It's the most entertainingly erotic scene in a kiddie flick since Natalie Wood was covered in cream pies while wearing only frilly turn-of-the-century underwear in "The Great Race".

This film is a rare treat. It's a film that appeals to kids and keeps adults interested at the same time. Let your kids watch it, watch it with them, or just watch it yourself when you're in the mood for some pure, escapist fun.

And try not to think about the Child Catcher when you go to bed afterward.

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