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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts creates an extraordinary car. It not only drives but flies and floats as it leads him, his two children and his lady friend, Truly Scrumptious, into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- Trailer for Blu-Ray Release
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- Clip: Disguised As Toys
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- Featurette: Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang With Dick Van Dyke
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- Interview: "Sally Ann Howes On Her Favorite Scene"

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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 down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This is a timeless classic that out-Disneys Disney. See more (154 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:
In an interview with Rosie O'Donnell, Sally Ann Howes reported that despite the difficulty of the choreography of the song "Doll on a Music Box", she was able to film it in one take.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Truly's car runs in to the lake, the children's faces are dirty. When they arrive at their house, their faces are clean. However, when they are getting ready to eat, their faces are dirty again.See more »
Quotes:
[the two spies are thrown off the baron's blimp and into the sea]
Second Spy:What do we do now?
First Spy:Start swimming!
Second Spy:I can't swim!
First Spy:Then start drowning!
[the First Spy swims away]
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Soundtrack:
Hushabye MountainSee more »

FAQ

Why doesn't Dick Van Dyke use an English accent?
Is this movie based on a book?
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
This is a timeless classic that out-Disneys Disney., 27 August 2006
Author: giblin

Plain and simply, this is one of the best family films ever made. The fact that someone other than Disney made the film seems to have blinded some pundits (e.g., Disney scholar and film critic Leonard Maltin) to its many and varied charms. For "Chitty," in fact, originated in the book by James Bond creator Ian Fleming and, horror of horrors, was produced outside Hollywood by Albert Broccoli, the man behind the successful Bond film series. Yet, a closer look at the credits reveals the presence of the same musical composers, the much-heralded Sherman Brothers and Irwin Kostal, who could do no wrong when they wrote for Disney, but somehow left their talent behind when they signed on with Mr. Broccoli. (Note Maltin's comment in his 2007 film guide that the film's score is "forgettable.") The same apparently happened with the choreographers Dee Dee Wood and Marc Breaux, who are universally acclaimed for their work on "Mary Poppins," but ignored, at least by Maltin, for the snappy and often elaborate routines in "Chitty." In fact, the songs, background music and dances here are as good or better than anything in Disney and often actually advance the plot, rather than grinding it to a halt in the more customary way. A case in point is Caractacus' "Old Bamboo" song and dance routine, which provides not only an instantly memorable tune (and dance), but also the financial means to save Chitty from the scrap heap. The cast itself is nothing short of superb, with American comic actor Dick Van Dyke wisely eschewing any attempt at an English accent, something many of us wish he had done a few years earlier in "Poppins." (In a 1998 appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell show, the self-effacing Mr. Van Dyke acknowledged his limitation in the area of English accents.) The actors playing the children are a genuine delight, charming and sincere without being cloying, while the supporting cast is filled with more marvelous British character actors than one can count, not the least of them being Lionel Jeffries (actually six months younger than Van Dyke, whose father he was playing) and comedy legend Benny Hill in a rare straight role. And if that's not enough, there's always the scene in which Goldfinger himself (German actor Gert Frobe) sings and dances! Then there is the simply stunning cinematography by Christopher Challis, the marvelous costumes by Joan Bridge and Elizabeth Haffenden, and the fantastic production design by Oscar-winning designer Ken Adam, whose high ceilings and sloping walls are instantly identifiable from such classics as "Goldfinger" and "Dr. Strangelove." And unlike "Poppins," which is inexplicably praised for its obvious studio recreations of London streets, this film actually goes on location--and then some, showcasing truly magnificent settings in southern England, France and Germany (including the fabulous, fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle). Maltin and others have complained about the film's special effects, calling them "the shoddiest ever." What they are talking about is the blue screen traveling matte shots in which the magical car was optically placed in front of separately-shot film of a sky background. And I agree that several of these shots are "obvious" to film students who know how they are achieved. But, again, look at what is overlooked. The car itself, which undergoes several conversions for air and sea travel, is an amazing mechanical special effect designed and built by John Stears. Stears, of course, won an Oscar for the SFX on "Thunderball" and would go on to win another for a little film called "Star Wars." But never mind, what could he know about special effects? Oh, did I mention that the screenplay was co-written by Roal Dahl, someone who just might have known a thing or two about children's stories. But enough. This film is truly scrumptious from the first frame to the last, a timeless delight for anyone but Hollywood film critics.

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