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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  26 June 1998 (USA)
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A Doctor finds out that he can understand what animals are saying. And the animals find out that he understands.

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Dr. John Dolittle has the world in his hands: A beautiful wife at his side, two adorable daughters and a career that could not go better. One night, he nearly runs over a dog with his car. The dog yells "bonehead" and disappears. From then on, his childhood ability is back: To communicate with animals. Unfortunately, the word of Dolittle's ability is spreading quickly. Soon, many animals from rat to horse flock to his place to get medical advice. But his colleagues suspect he's going mad, and as the clinic Dolittle used to work for is about to being taken over for a huge amount of money, many decisions have to be made. Believe him? Put him into a mental institution? Sell the clinic? But also his family is close to breaking apart. Until a circus tiger falls seriously ill. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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26 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,014,324 (USA) (26 June 1998)

Gross:

$144,156,464 (USA) (8 January 1999)
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Very few elements from the original Doctor Dolittle (1967) film or books were used in this film. A few notable exceptions are Dolittle's committal to a mental hospital, the scene in which John gives the horse glasses (made of magnifying glasses) and the cameo of the Pushmipullyu in the background at the circus. See more »

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When John and Gene are operating on the tiger, the pulse is the same as a normal adult human. A tiger's heart beats much more slowly. See more »

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Lucky: [narrating] You know, they say the great thing about being a kid is, it's so easy to pretend. You can have a conversation with your dog or a baseball or a banana. Well, what if wasn't pretend? What if you could have a conversation. I mean, not with a baseball or a banana - that's ridiculous, but - but with your dog?
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Lady Marmalade
Written by Kenny Nolan and Bob Crewe
Performed by All Saints
Courtesy of London/PolyGram Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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stopped dead in its tracks
17 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

A clever premise, an ideal leading man, and a talented cast of voices are unfortunately wasted in this dull, one-note comedy. Murphy stars as an overworked doctor who unexpectedly reconnects with his childhood ability to listen and talk to the animals. Naturally no one believes him, and comedic mischief ensues. The setup is good, and Murphy is certainly the right actor to bring some zest and energy to this limp comedy, but he can only do so much with a tiresome, crude script that's riddled with butt jokes and cheap toilet humor. With this cast and crew it should have worked, but the lazy approach to the material is all wrong. **


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