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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 26 June 1998 (USA)
A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.

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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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Box Office

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$71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,014,324, 28 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$144,156,605

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,456,605
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Trivia

John Dolittle, who can talk to animals, is seen watching a clip of Mister Ed (1958) on television, which is about a horse who can talk to humans. See more »

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When John and Rodney are in the car, after Rodney says, "Okay, let's chill. Let's just chill," the scene switches to John getting out of the car. You can see that Rodney has shifted to a different guinea pig. 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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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
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He Talks With The Animals.....
9 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I've always thought Eddie Murphy did comedy better than action, but now I have to add honesty and integrity to his repetoire. He does such a wonderful family film here that it's almost hard to believe he got his start on Saturday Night Live. The mere concept of talking with the animals is created quite believably in the film even though you have to consider the detail that would go into such a feat actually existing. Considering the sheer diversity of the animal kingdom and the limited scope of animals to rationalize, Murphy as Dolittle would have to have considerable telepathic and clairvoyant prowess as well the data-crunching power of a computer in order to decipher instantly the motivations and inclinations of two to three animals at one time as well as come up with the human equivalent of the animal's personality. The concept of animals conversing inter-species wise would have to involve some sort of Mother Earth Theory that all animals wild and domesticated are linked by a central innate consciousness. That said, this movie is quite enjoyable despite the theories and examination it entails. Actress Kristen Wilson as Murphy's wife is a very lovely presence to the movie and former child actress Raven-Symone is becoming a lovely young actress herself far removed from that annoyingly unbearable kid she played on The Cosby Show. The rest of the cast are second stringers to the animal cast whose voices are brought to life by the vocal talents of Norm MacDonald, Julie Kavner, John Leguizamo, Garry Shandling, Jenna Elfman, Gilbert Gottfried and sounding eerily like James Belushi, Albert Brooks. This is one wonderful movie that belongs in your video collection at home.


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