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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

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

Director:

Betty Thomas

Writers:

Hugh Lofting (stories), Nat Mauldin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Dr. John Dolittle
Ossie Davis ... Archer Dolittle
Oliver Platt ... Dr. Mark Weller
Peter Boyle ... Calloway
Richard Schiff ... Dr. Gene 'Geno' Reiss
Kristen Wilson ... Lisa Dolittle
Jeffrey Tambor ... Dr. Fish
Kyla Pratt ... Maya Dolittle
Raven-Symoné ... Charisse Dolittle
Steven Gilborn ... Dr. Sam Litvack
Erik Dellums ... Jeremy (as Erik Todd Dellums)
June Christopher ... Diane
Cherie Franklin Cherie Franklin ... Mrs. Parkus
Mark Adair-Rios ... Intern
Don Calfa ... Patient at Hammersmith
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Storyline

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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He doesn't just talk to the animals! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Dolittle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The clever animal actor named Sammy, aka Lucky, wasn't always living in the lap of stardom. Sam was discovered by a trainer from Birds & Animals Unlimited, at the East Valley Shelter in Los Angeles. Sam was approximately five to six years old at the time and is a multi-cultural canine. One of his trainers, Mark Forbes, claims that Sam has exceptional intelligence in that he was able to learn behaviors in a very short amount of time. "Not that all dogs aren't capable of learning these things", noted Stacy Basil, one of Sam's handlers. "Most dog owners have a diamond in the rough right in their backyards. All they need to do is polish it up." Sam was trained to go with the actor and simultaneously look back and forth and move his jaw as if speaking. Stacy compared this, in human trick terms, to walking, talking, nodding, chewing gum, rubbing your stomach and patting your head all at the same time. Applause for Sam! Dolittle is the newest version of the delightful premise that humans can actually talk to animals. See more »

Goofs

The credits list two young John Dolittle characters, but only one is shown. See more »

Quotes

[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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Not brilliant by all means, but a nice watch
16 May 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I have seen a fair few comparisons to the 1967 film with Rex Harrison, now I saw the 1967 film as a kid and kind of liked it but it is something I need to re-watch. This film is basically a remake, minus the songs, and while it isn't brilliant and no masterpiece in any shape or form, it does have its good things. The film's plot is very slight, and the script has its weak spots while having some funny ones as well. And there is sometimes uneven pacing and direction. But it is nicely filmed, and the music is nice enough. The acting was also pretty good. Eddie Murphy does a serviceable job as John Dolittle, his role is not really like the ones he had in Beverly Hills Cop or Trading Places which also happens to two of his better movies, but he does well, and I will say he has been worse and he's been in worse films too. Kyla Pratt looks lovely and acts nicely as Maya, and Ossie Davis is good as well. The voice cast carry the picture as the animals who (along with the above average effects) steal the show. Consisting of the likes of Garry Shandling, John Leguizamo and Gilbert Gottfried they do great jobs, however Oliver Platt and Peter Boyle have little to do. Overall, a nice watch but nothing exceptional. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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