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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 19 December 1967 (USA)
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After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientele, he and his friends escape their hometown to the sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Hugh Lofting (novels), Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Dr. John Dolittle
Samantha Eggar ... Emma Fairfax
Anthony Newley ... Matthew Mugg
Richard Attenborough ... Albert Blossom
Peter Bull ... Gen. Bellowes
Muriel Landers ... Mrs. Blossom
William Dix ... Tommy Stubbins
Geoffrey Holder ... William Shakespeare X
Portia Nelson ... Sarah Dolittle
Norma Varden ... Lady Fetherington
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Storyline

Dr. John Dolittle lives in a small English village where he specializes in caring for and verbally communicating with animals. When Dr. Dolittle is unjustly sent to an insane asylum for freeing a lovesick seal from captivity, his animals and two closest human friends, Matthew Mugg and Tommy Stubbins, liberate him. Afterward, they join Emma Fairfax and set out by boat to find a famed and elusive creature: the Great Pink Sea Snail. Written by Jwelch5742

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There was a huge outcry when the movie was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar despite having received almost universally terrible reviews. According to the 1994 book "Behind the Oscar" by Anthony Holden, this is because Twentieth Century Fox mounted an unparalleled nomination campaign in which Academy members were wined and dined. As a result, this movie was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

When considering ways to change the course of the island, Dr. Dolittle says elephants cannot swim. Elephants are excellent swimmers, which he should know. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew: Will you stop your daydreaming, Tommy Stubbins.
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Alternate Versions

In the general release version of the film, the songs "Where Are The Words", sung by Anthony Newley, and "Something in Your Smile", sung by Rex Harrison, were omitted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Warehouse 13: The Sky's the Limit (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Talk To The Animals
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Rex Harrison
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Awful
8 August 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This is an incredibly slow, clunky, and plotless musical. I couldn't wait for it to end. Richard Fleischer definitely wasn't the right man for this movie. It was a big money loser when it first came out (only made half of its cost back), and it took over twenty years for it to make it all back - deservedly so. Even "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was better than this.


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