Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (movie)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British fantasy musical film, loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The movie's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes. The songs are by the Sherman Brothers. The song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was nominated for an Academy Award.
|Directed by||Ken Hughes|
|Produced by||Albert R. Broccoli|
|Screenplay by||Roald Dahl|
by Ian Fleming
|Starring||Dick Van Dyke|
Sally Ann Howes
James Robertson Justice
Richard M. Sherman (lyrics)
Robert B. Sherman (lyrics)
|Edited by||John Shirley|
|Distributed by||United Artists Corporation|
|Box office||$7.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
The film stars Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts, Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious, Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa Potts, James Robertson Justice as Lord Scrumptious and Robert Helpmann as the Childcatcher. The film was directed by Ken Hughes. It was produced by Albert R. Broccoli (co-producer of the James Bond series of films, also based on Fleming's novels). John Stears supervised the special effects. Irwin Kostal supervised and conducted the music. The musical numbers were staged by Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood.
The cast includes:
- Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts
- Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious
- Adrian Hall as Jeremy Potts
- Heather Ripley as Jemima Potts
- Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa Potts
- Gert Fröbe as Baron Bomburst
- Anna Quayle as Baroness Bomburst
- Benny Hill as the Toymaker
- James Robertson Justice as Lord Scrumptious
- Robert Helpmann as the Child Catcher
- Barbara Windsor as Blonde
- Davy Kaye as Admiral
- Stanley Unwin as the Chancellor
- Peter Arne as the Captain of Bomburst's Army
- Desmond Llewelyn as Mr. Coggins
- Victor Maddern as Junkman
- Arthur Mullard as Big Man
- Max Wall as Inventor
- Gerald Campion as Minister
- Max Bacon as Orchestra Leader
- Alexander Doré as First Spy
- Bernard Spear as Second Spy
- Richard Wattis as Sweet Factory Secretary
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Caractacus Potts, Jemima, Jeremy and Truly
- Truly Scrumptious - Jemima, Jeremy and Truly
- Hushabye Mountain - Mr. Potts and Truly
- Me Ol' Bamboo - Mr. Potts and chorus
- Toot Sweets - Mr. Potts and Truly
- The Roses of Success - Grandpa Potts and Inventors
- Lovely Lonely Man - Truly
- You Two - Potts, Jemima and Jeremy
- Chu-Chi Face - Baron and Baroness Bomburst
- Posh! - Grandpa Potts
- Doll on a Music Box - Truly
- Doll on a Music Box / Truly Scrumptious - Truly and Mr. Potts
- Come to the Funfair
- Scrumptious Sweet Co. factory (exterior) – Kempton Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, England. This location now includes a steam museum open to the public.
- Scrumptious Mansion – Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England.
- Windmill/Cottage – Cobstone Windmill in Ibstone, near Turville, Buckinghamshire, England.
- Duck Pond – Russell's Water, Oxfordshire, England.
- Train scene – The Longmoor Military Railway.
- Beach – Cap Taillat in St. Tropez, France.
- Bridge (river) where spies attempt to blow up Chitty – Iver Bridge, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England.
- Bridge (railway) where spies kidnap Lord Scrumptious – Ilmer Bridge, Ilmer, Buckinghamshire, England.
- White rock spires in the ocean and lighthouse – The Needles stacks, Isle of Wight, England.
- White cliffs – Beachy Head, East Sussex, England.
- Baron Bomburst's castle – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany.
- Vulgarian village – Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.
The film was the tenth most popular at the US box office in 1969.
Film critic Roger Ebert reviewed the film (Chicago Sun Times, 24 December 1968). He wrote: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang contains about the best two-hour children's movie you could hope for, with a marvelous magical auto and lots of adventure and a nutty old grandpa and a mean Baron and some funny dances and a couple of [scary] moments."
Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin considered the picture "one big Edsel. He said the movie had a totally forgettable score and some of the shoddiest special effects ever." In 2008, Entertainment Weekly called Helpmann's depiction of the Child Catcher one of the "50 Most Vile Movie Villains."
As of March 2014, the film has a 65% "Fresh" rating (17 of 26 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.
List of tracks:
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