Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968

It Was Just An Old Neglected Car. Who Could Have Guessed...
 Writers: Roald Dahl (screenplay), Ian Fleming (novel), Ken Hughes (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (additional dialogue)
 Story: 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.
 Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
 Did you know: Heather Ripley recalled that she did not realize until much later that Dick Van Dyke was an alcoholic when the film was made.
 Studios: Dramatic Features, Warfield
1 Votes (4)
Release: 2 January 1969
Directed by: Ken Hughes
Countries: UK
Language: English
Genres: Adventure,  Comedy,  Family
MPAA Rating: G
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Runtime: 144min
Budget: $10,000,000
Cast
Dick Van Dyke
as Caractacus Potts
Sally Ann Howes
as Truly Scrumptious
Lionel Jeffries
as Grandpa Potts
Gert Fröbe
as Baron Bomburst
Anna Quayle
as Baroness Bomburst
Benny Hill
as Toymaker
Robert Helpmann
as Child Catcher
Heather Ripley
as Jemima Potts
Adrian Hall
as Jeremy Potts
Desmond Llewelyn
as George Coggins
James Robertson Justice
as Lord Scrumptious
Barbara Windsor
as la blonde
Davy Kaye
as l'Amiral
Alexander Doré
as le premier espion
Bernard Spear
as le second espion
Stanley Unwin
as le Chancellier
Peter Arne
as le Capitaine de la Garde
Victor Maddern
as un drogué
Arthur Mullard
as Cyril, l'homme gros
Ross Parker
as Chef
Gerald Campion
as un prêtre
Felix Felton
as un prêtre
Monti DeLyle
as un prêtre
Totti Truman Taylor
as la Duchesse
Larry Taylor
as un Lieutenant
Max Bacon
as le chef d'orchestre
Max Wall
as les inventeurs
John Heawood
as les inventeurs
Michael Darbyshire
as les inventeurs
Kenneth Waller
as les inventeurs
Gerald Taylor
as les inventeurs
Eddie Davis
as les inventeurs
Crew
Director - Ken Hughes
Novel - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Roald Dahl
Dialogue - Richard Maibaum
Producer - Albert R. Broccoli
Original Music Composer - Richard M. Sherman
Original Music Composer - Robert B. Sherman
Director of Photography - Christopher Challis
Editor - John Shirley
Screenplay - Ken Hughes
Rotten Tomatoes® Ratings and Review
TOMATOMETER:
65%
Average rating: 5.7/10
Reviews counted: 26
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 9
AUDIENCE:
71% liked it
Average rating: 3.2/5
Reviews counted: 339,412

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Review
Fantasmagorical!

Based on the novel written by James Bond creator Ian Flemming, this delightful fantasy charts the journey into the mysteriously childless world of Vulgaria by Caractacus Potts, his two children, Truly Scrumptious and super car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I think the main thing that makes this film work so well is that it has a little of everything to make a successful family movie. Catchy tunes at every turn, a fairy tale kingdom awash with colour, bonkers technology, and a little slice of wickedness involving class distinction. Split very much into two halves, Chitty at its core is really about forming a complete family. We are introduced to Caracatus (Dick Van Dyke) who is a single father, who is doing his best to raise his two children with moral fortitude. It's through the children's love of an old rusty car that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is born, and after pretty lady Truly Scrumptious (a gorgeous Sally Ann Howes) comes into their lives, all four of them enter the second half of the movie after having firmly capturing the audience's attention with a firming promise of a family in waiting.

The second half of the picture then whisks us far away into fantasy territory. Vulagaria is ruled by crackers toy obsessive Baron Bomburst (Gert Fröbe in wonderful bacon sandwich mode), he has banned children, and naturally he has his sights set firmly on the magnificence that is Chitty Chitty. Bomburst sends out his child snatcher to nab Caracatus' kids in the hope of bargaining for the special car. The child snatcher played by Robert Helpman is as iconic as he is terrifying, wonky hat and pointy nose he lures children in with promises of sweets and treacle tarts, he thus became the invader of many a childs poor nightmares for sure.

But this is a family film after all, and sure enough this splendid ride speeds to a joyous finale that is cloaked in colour and feel good eccentricity, yep, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang still works on repeat viewings. 8/10



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