Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (movie)

1968 film by Ken Hughes

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.[3]

Directed byKen Hughes
Produced byAlbert R. Broccoli
Screenplay byRoald Dahl
Ken Hughes
Based onChitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang
by Ian Fleming
StarringDick Van Dyke
Sally Ann Howes
Lionel Jeffries
James Robertson Justice
Robert Helpmann
Music bySongs:
Richard M. Sherman (lyrics)
Robert B. Sherman (lyrics)
Irwin Kostal
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byJohn Shirley
Warfield Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists Corporation
Release date
  • 16 December 1968 (1968-12-16)
Running time
145 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$10 million[1]
Box office$7.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

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:[4]

Musical numbersEdit

  1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Caractacus Potts, Jemima, Jeremy and Truly
  2. Truly Scrumptious - Jemima, Jeremy and Truly
  3. Hushabye Mountain - Mr. Potts and Truly
  4. Me Ol' Bamboo - Mr. Potts and chorus
  5. Toot Sweets - Mr. Potts and Truly
  6. The Roses of Success - Grandpa Potts and Inventors
  7. Lovely Lonely Man - Truly
  8. You Two - Potts, Jemima and Jeremy
  9. Chu-Chi Face - Baron and Baroness Bomburst
  10. Posh! - Grandpa Potts
  11. Doll on a Music Box - Truly
  12. Doll on a Music Box / Truly Scrumptious - Truly and Mr. Potts
  13. Come to the Funfair




Box officeEdit

The film was the tenth most popular at the US box office in 1969.[6]


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."[7] In 2008, Entertainment Weekly called Helpmann's depiction of the Child Catcher one of the "50 Most Vile Movie Villains."[8]

As of March 2014, the film has a 65% "Fresh" rating (17 of 26 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.[9]

List of tracks:

1. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"a
2. "Elephant"b
3. "You Two"
4. "If I May"b
5. "Toot Sweets"
6. "Hushabye Mountain"
7. "Come to the Funfair"c
8. "Me Ol' Bamboo"
9. "Potts the Optimist"b
10. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"d
11. "Truly Scrumptious"

12. "All Engines"b

13. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"e
14. "Lovely Lonely Man"
15. "Posh!"
16. "Hushabye Mountain" (reprise)
17. "The Roses of Success"
18. "Hang On"b
19. "Chu-Chi Face"
20. "Doll on a Music Box" / "Truly Scrumptious"
21. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (finale)
22. "A Happy Ending"b
23. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (main title)

24. "Chitty Speaks"b


  2. "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
  3. "Ian Fleming Centenary, James Bond, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Devil may care, Sebastian Faulks new novel, Ian Fleming exhibition". Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the MGM website.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Filming Locations". British Film Locations.
  6. "The World's Top Twenty Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 27 September 1970: 27. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. accessed 5 April 2014
  7. Maltin, Leonard; Sader, Luke; Clark, Mike (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-452-28978-9.
  8. "50 Most Vile Movie Villains". Entertainment Weekly. 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  9. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

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