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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ian Fleming (novel), Roald Dahl (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Caractacus Potts
Sally Ann Howes ... Truly Scrumptious
Lionel Jeffries ... Grandpa Potts
Gert Fröbe ... Baron Bomburst (as Gert Frobe)
Anna Quayle ... Baroness Bomburst
Benny Hill ... Toymaker
James Robertson Justice ... Lord Scrumptious
Robert Helpmann ... Child Catcher
Heather Ripley ... Jemima
Adrian Hall ... Jeremy
Barbara Windsor ... Blonde
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Admiral
Alexander Doré Alexander Doré ... First Spy (as Alexander Dore)
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Second Spy
Stanley Unwin Stanley Unwin ... Chancellor
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Storyline

An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It Was Just An Old Neglected Car. Who Could Have Guessed... See more »


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Trivia

Phil Collins claims he was one of the children storming the castle at the end of the film but was edited out because of a rather large and unsightly bandage on his head that was covering a cyst. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, during the French Grand Prix, car 42 loses a wheel on a turn, followed by car 2A. There is an obvious jump in the editing where the first shot of car 42 losing its wheel was combined with the second shot of where it's been placed. See more »

Quotes

Baron Bomburst: Oh, I haven't seen a good drowning in years.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a Sing-a-Long version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Young Ones: Interesting (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Toot Sweets
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes
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Just not enough musicals like this anymore!
22 August 2004 | by tufftexanSee all my reviews

After 36 years this movie is still loved by young children who see it. My 8 and 3 year old girls just love this movie and it's songs. Dick Van Dyke has done an absolute wonderful job putting out great quality movies for Disney and others. Sally Ann Howe sounds great and personally I prefer her over Julie Andrews anyway.

Anyway, if you have not ever seen this film and even if you don't have kids, it's very entertaining! My favorite part is when Caracus Potts and Truly Scrumptious pretend to be toys for the Baron and do a nice song and dance. The tune is just great!

I remember as a kid the Child Catcher scared the crap out of me. Robert Helpmann played this part very well. Who needs Freddy Kruger and all that gore anyway!


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Release Date:

18 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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