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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Taglines:

The most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history of everything! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

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Release Date:

18 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Helpmann (the Child Catcher) took his top set of false teeth out to aid his gaunt pinched face. It also helped produce his creepy voice, as he 'hisses' whenever he speaks. See more »

Goofs

During the Baron's birthday party, Truly (as a doll) dances on top of a music box spindle within an unfolded screen of mirrors, visible on the floor for all the guests to see. When Caractacus (as a puppet) rises from his box and starts to dance, the camera pulls back, and Truly's music box is gone. When Caractacus goes over to sing a duet with Truly, she and her music box are visible again. See more »

Quotes

Truly Scrumptious: Well! I've never been...
Caracticus Potts: Spoken to that way before? Well, maybe it's about time!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Veronica Mars: Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Devils
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Music by Charles Williams
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User Reviews

 
the whole family loves it
13 May 2004 | by rosepupSee all my reviews

I had mostly forgotten this movie after 30+ years, but my 2 year old received it as a gift, and is obsessed with it. It's fantastic, really. The locations are stunning, the musical numbers are (mostly) so lively, the physical humor is great! There is such a range of stuff in it, unlike current movies. I even like it for its flaws. It's really beautifully made. The thing I didn't remember, and that disappointed me at first, was that the whole story is a fantasy, a story within the story. I even like that the kids don't sing so well. They seem more real, less like little prodigies.


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