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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

 -  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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For thousands of year animals have been trying to tell us something, but their cries have fallen on deaf ears...until they found John Dolittle See more »

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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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$71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,200,000 (Non-US) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

$144,156,464 (USA) (8 January 1999)
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Trivia

Reni Santoni:  voice of one of the rats has a cameo as a human, playing the circus owner talking to the cops after Dolittle takes Tiger for surgery. He is wearing a white long haired wig. See more »

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After John removes the stick from the owl's wing, it flies away with a sound of her wings flapping. Owls are famously silent fliers. 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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Produced by Jake and The Phatman for Break of Dawn Productions
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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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