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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

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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 »
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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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Gilbert Gottfried all starred in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). See more »

Goofs

When John and Rodney are in the car, after Rodney says, "Okay, let's chill. Let's just chill," the scene switches to John getting out of the car. Rodney is a different guinea pig. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girl in Gold Boots (1999) See more »

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Lady Marmalade
Written by Kenny Nolan and Bob Crewe
Performed by All Saints
Courtesy of London/PolyGram Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Comedy Re-Makes Sure Have Gone Down The Dumper: Exhibit A
11 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here we go again: Hollywood "modernizing" a comedy by adding tons of sleaze to a nice story and a film that was first made 30 years prior to this. There is no excuse for all the inappropriate words and sexual innuendos that are in this "family film." Give me a break! That fact that it's rated PG-13 ought to tell you something.

Comedy is about the only genre of film making that I think has gone way downhill since the classic era. It's like the stand-up comics: we've gone from clean, clever material to raunchy.

The fact that Eddie Murphy and (the voice of) Chris Rock play major roles kind of give you a hint of where this film goes morally. This is a famous kids story and I'm sure many parents took their children to see this film....and were totally embarrassed. If it was advertised as an adult movie: fine, I would have no problems with it. But that's not the case, and so it's a disgusting sham, typical of low-life Hollywood.

In addition to the onslaught of language (which includes Jesus's name in vain three times among the other offenses) and fecal matter/fart jokes, the film basically wasn't that funny to begin with It's also not a shock, either, when you discover that Betty Thomas directed this film. This is the same woman who the year before directed "Private Parts," the story of shock jock Howard Stern.

As another reviewer aptly put it, "Come back, Rex Harrison. All is forgiven!"


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