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Rex Harrison, although not at all like the portly man described in Hugh Lofting's charming series of children's stories, is sheer perfection as the kindly animal doctor in Leslie Bricusse's musical fantasy Doctor Dolittle. Sadly, Harrison is the only thing nearing perfection in this overstuffed and over-mounted fiasco that nearly brought down 20th Century Fox. Considered a lunatic because he can converse in 498 animal dialects, Dolittle gathers up his friends Matthew Mugg Anthony Newley and Emma Fairfax Samantha ...
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Rex Harrison, although not at all like the portly man described in Hugh Lofting's charming series of children's stories, is sheer perfection as the kindly animal doctor in Leslie Bricusse's musical fantasy Doctor Dolittle. Sadly, Harrison is the only thing nearing perfection in this overstuffed and over-mounted fiasco that nearly brought down 20th Century Fox. Considered a lunatic because he can converse in 498 animal dialects, Dolittle gathers up his friends Matthew Mugg Anthony Newley and Emma Fairfax Samantha Eggar and heads off on a journey to the South Seas to find the elusive great pink snail and the giant lunar moth. Along the way, the group encounters a succession of bizarre human and animal characters -- most notably the legendary pushme-pullyou, an animal so freakish that it compels Albert Blossom Richard Attenborough to burst out into the exuberant song, "I've never Seen Anything Like It in My Life." Incredibly, the film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1967.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • UPC: 024543004943
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Dr. John Dolittle
Samantha Eggar Emma Fairfax
Anthony Newley Matthew Mugg
Richard Attenborough Albert Blossom
Peter Bull Gen. Bellowes
Geoffrey Holder Willie Shakespeare
Muriel Landers Mrs. blossom
William Dix Tommy Stubbins
Portia Nelson Sarah Dolittle
Norma Varden Lady Petherington
Ray Erlenborn
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Ray Aghayan Costumes/Costume Designer
Samuel E. Beetley Editor
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer, Screenwriter
Rona Brown Consultant/advisor
Mario Chiari Production Designer
Alexander Courage Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Marjorie Fowler Editor
Ed Graves Art Director
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Emil Kosa Jr. Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Herbert Ross Choreography
Walter Scott Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Marvin Westmore Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth another look

    It is a shame that further editing wasn't done to make the story tighter and pace quicker...it isn't that it is awful it is just very LONG...especially for young children...but, as another reviewer here points out, the score is gorgeous...for that matter, so is the cinematography. The cast is so-so...Rex seems to be on automatic pilot here...a sort of road-show Henry Higgins. But, it is certainly worth a look on a rainy weekend afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gorgeous Score!

    Though Harrison does carry out the title role very well, another star shines just as brightly: that of Anthony Newley. His musical numbers ("My Friend the Doctor", "Beautiful Things", "After Today" to name a few) are so beautifully delivered, they definitely outshine any of Harrison's sing-talk songs. Overall, though, the score is brilliantly written and much worth any music lover's while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is OUTSTANTING! It is almost like the series of Dr. Dolittle Books Hugh Lofting wrote himself!

    This is one of my favorite musical films! It has the fantastic creatures in it from the book!

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