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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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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 »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Dolittle  »

Box Office


$71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point, Eddie Murphy is watching the original Dr. Dolittle from 1967 on tv. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Harmless stupid entertainment
3 November 1998 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is definitely a stupid, bad-taste movie. Eddie Murphy stars in what is written like a sitcom. He is surrounded with his perfect family, full of good family values. If you're looking for politically correct entertainment, this movie is for you. But if you hate the idea of being the only one not to laugh at obscene gags in a movie-theater full of pop-corn addicts, just flee.

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