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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 19 December 1967 (USA)
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After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientèle, he and his friends escape their hometown to the sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Hugh Lofting (novels), Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Dr. John Dolittle
Samantha Eggar ... Emma Fairfax
Anthony Newley ... Matthew Mugg
Richard Attenborough ... Albert Blossom
Peter Bull ... Gen. Bellowes
Muriel Landers ... Mrs. Blossom
William Dix ... Tommy Stubbins
Geoffrey Holder ... William Shakespeare X
Portia Nelson ... Sarah Dolittle
Norma Varden ... Lady Fetherington
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Storyline

Dr. John Dolittle lives in a small English village where he specializes in caring for and verbally communicating with animals. When Dr. Dolittle is unjustly sent to an insane asylum for freeing a lovesick seal from captivity, his animals and two closest human friends, Matthew Mugg and Tommy Stubbins, liberate him. Afterward, they join Emma Fairfax and set out by boat to find a famed and elusive creature: the Great Pink Sea Snail. Written by Jwelch5742

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the most joyous entertainment for the whole family! See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktor Dolittle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The upkeep for the featured creatures averaged seven hundred fifty dollars per week. See more »

Goofs

When the pushme-pullyu first appears on camera, there is an obvious split in the middle of its fur. The two sides are even a different color. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew: Will you stop your daydreaming, Tommy Stubbins.
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Alternate Versions

In the general release version of the film, the songs "Where Are The Words", sung by Anthony Newley, and "Something in Your Smile", sung by Rex Harrison, were omitted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Bracebridge Dinner (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Like Animals
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Rex Harrison
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absolutely brilliant!!
5 November 2004 | by AnnoukaSee all my reviews

This has got to be one of the best movies ever made. The many wonderful and most importantly, memorable songs and lively characters contribute to the exciting and magical nature of the storyline. Anyone who can not see the inherent brilliance of this movie within the constraints placed upon films from this era is clearly missing the point. The delightful characters each add their own individual ideas to a film which has touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Rex Harrison plays a wonderful Doctor, forever entertaining and much more convincing than Eddie Murphy in the tragic American remake. This film is brilliant in its own right, and is definitely one for the books.


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