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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Director: Ken Hughes

Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries


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One of the stars of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film's composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget and bloodless children's fantasy musical, based on the children's book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with


One of the stars of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film's composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget and bloodless children's fantasy musical, based on the children's book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with his two children -- Jemima Heather Ripley and Jeremy Adrian Hall -- and eccentric father Lionel Jeffries. Potts has to raise 30 shillings so his children can buy a broken-down racing car from the junkyard. After a disastrous attempt to sell his invention of whistling sweets to Lord Scrumptious (James Robertson-Justice), the local candy maker, he finally gets enough money for the car by doing a Dick Van Dyke dance routine at the county fair. Potts takes the car and miraculously transforms the vehicle into a shiny new car named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. While on a picnic with the children and Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), Lord Scrumptious' beautiful daughter, Potts concocts a fantasy tale about the magical powers of the car, which can now float on water and fly. In the tale, Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe) wants the car for himself and kidnaps the automobile and the inventor. But Bomburst captures Grandpa by mistake along with the wrong car, so Potts, Truly, and the children have to enlist Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on a rescue mission to Bomburst's lair to save Grandpa.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Based on a children's book by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, the 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has never enjoyed critical cachet. Yet, thanks to Dick Van Dyke's energetic performance, its flights of high-flying fantasy, wacky inventions, and Oscar-nominated title song, it holds a special place in viewers' hearts. Van Dyke stars as crackpot inventor Caractacus Potts, who lives in the English countryside with his two children and their dotty grandfather. The first hour sputters along, as Potts's various inventions, including Toot Sweets, a candy/whistle, backfire. But with the introduction of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- a junked race car that Potts restores -- the film switches gears into fantasy overdrive, as Chitty flies, floats, and generally thwarts efforts by the buffoonish Baron Bomburst to capture her. The music by Richard and Robert Sherman lacks the magic of their earlier Mary Poppins score, but the rollicking "Me Ol' Bamboo" and the lovely lullaby "Hushabye Mountain" keep things rolling. Bond buffs will delight in the appearance of Desmond "Q" Llewelyn as a junkyard dealer, and Gert "Goldfinger" Frobe as the Baron; while the heroine's name, "Truly Scrumptious," will also raise an eyebrow. Benny Hill shows up as the toy maker who aids Potts and his family, making this a cameo lover's must-see. Chittyhas been fired up and polished for the two-disc Special Edition, which boasts a 2003 interview with Van Dyke, vintage production featurettes, a sing-along option, and a 34-page storybook.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By the end of the 1960s, the financial failure of big-budget films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang started the final descent of the traditional film musical. However, while it is hardly a classic, it is fondly remembered by many who grew up with it. The basic story ingredients -- crackpot inventor, beautiful love interest, magic car, exotic settings -- are perfectly fine, but somehow the mixture fails to gel. Part of the problem is the tone of the film, which is often overly arch or cloying. Much of the dialogue just doesn't work, and the film is much too long and never as inventive as it needs to be. The score is very hummable, with many numbers -- the title song, "Truly Scrumptious," "Hushabye Mountain," "Toot Sweets" -- that stay with the audience long after the movie is over. Although the kids are a bit much, Dick Van Dyke is appealing and handles the material well; his dancing is, as always, delightful. Sally Ann Howes is a lovely and charming Truly, and Anna Quayle makes the most of her brief supporting role. As the Child Catcher, Robert Helpmann is perhaps too disturbing for little ones. The special effects are not very impressive, but the scenery is quite attractive. There's enough here to make the film worth viewing, but overall it's a missed opportunity at a great family film.

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Mgm (Video & Dvd)
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[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; DVD; Sing-Along; ; Blu-ray; Sing-Along; Chitty Chitty's Bang Bang Driving Game; Toot Sweet Toots Musical Maestro; Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Dick Van Dyke; ; A Fantasmagorical Motorcar; Sherman Brother's Demos; Vintage Featurettes; Photo and Vintage Advertising Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Van Dyke Caractacus Potts
Sally Ann Howes Truly Scrumptious
Lionel Jeffries Grandpa Potts
Gert Fröbe Baron Bomburst
Anna Quayle Baroness Bomburst
Benny Hill Toymaker
James Robertson Justice Lord Scrumptious
Robert Helpmann Child Catcher
Heather Ripley Jemima
Barbara Windsor Blonde
Davy Kaye Admiral
Bernard Spear Second Spy
Alexander Dore First Spy
Stanley Unwin Chancellor
Peter Arne Capt.of Guard
Desmond Llewelyn Coggins
Victor Maddern Junkman
Arthur Mullard Big Man
Ross Parker Chef
Gerald Campion Minister
Felix Felton Minister
Monte de Lyle Minister
Totti Truman Taylor Actor
Larry Taylor Lieutenant
Max Bacon Orchestra Leader
Max Wall Inventor
John Heawood Actor
Michael Darbyshire Actor
Gerald Taylor Inventors
John Baskcomb Chef
Adrian Hall Jeremy Potts
Totti Truman Taylor Duchess
Kenneth Waller Actor
Richard Wattis Secretary at Sweet Factory

Technical Credits
Ken Hughes Director,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
Gus Agosti Asst. Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Marc Breaux Choreography
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Roald Dahl Screenwriter
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Hynes Sound/Sound Designer
Irwin Kostal Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Pottle Art Director
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
John Shirley Editor
John Stears Special Effects
Dee Dee Wood Choreography

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1. Main Title [:00]
2. A Joyous Junker [:02]
3. Rockets & Other Gadgets [6:40]
4. You Two [:13]
5. Perfect Pitch [4:11]
6. Toot Sweets [7:24]
7. Treasures [3:52]
8. Hushabye Mountain [3:20]
9. A Hair-Razing Event! [4:21]
10. Me ol' Bamboo [2:02]
11. Chitty Is Saved! [3:35]
12. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [1:51]
13. A Rollicking Picnic [2:55]
14. Truly Scrumptious [3:56]
15. Pirates! [3:17]
16. Escape [:27]
17. This Lovely Lonely Man [5:28]
18. Abduction/Intermission [4:46]
19. Chitty Flies! [1:01]
20. Posh [1:31]
21. Red Carpet Treatment [2:22]
22. Roses Of Success [4:02]
23. Strange Places [:30]
24. Cellar Secrets [4:41]
25. Kidnapped! [4:22]
26. The Hiding Place [7:38]
27. Hushabye (Reprise) [1:04]
28. Chu-Chi Face [2:53]
29. Doll On A Music Box [2:04]
30. The Children's Revolt [4:31]
31. Ridiculous Suggestion [2:51]
32. Scrumptious!/End Credits [:21]


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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Kathy1129 More than 1 year ago
Our family has loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for 3 generations. It is good fun for the whole family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed watching the movie and glad to add it to our video library.
JCrandall More than 1 year ago
This movie is one for all ages. A great cast, an engaging story, some wacky inventions, and a "fantasmagorical" car create the perfect combination of fun and adventure. My family has enjoyed this movie ever since it was released and introduced me to it when I was young. I hope to share this with my children soon. I highly recommend Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to anyone willing to listen!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have always enjoyed this movie in VHS format but when it went to DVD with extras it just got better. The movie is entertaining for all ages and is not really scary but it is thrilling for the younger kids. It is a musical, drama, comedy, spy action and inventive all at the same time. The extra are about both making the movie as well as the car of which the movie is mainly centered on.
Mungoji More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie, my parents loved this movie, and now my kids love this movie. We will have it forever. My kids are 3 and 1. They love it and sing along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Mother took me to see this when I was a little girl. I am now 43yrs old and it is still as captivating as it was then. I still get tears when dick van dyke sings hushabye mountain. It is well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard as it is to believe, the author of the James Bond books wrote this charming children's tale of the wonderful car, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Dick Van Dyke is his usual fabulous self, the two children are wonderful, Grandpa nearly steals the show every time he appears, and Sally Ann Howe sings like an angel. My grandson makes me put this dvd on every time he comes over, but I honestly never grow tired of it anyway. The scenes are beautiful, the costumes and old cars are great, and the music is very charming. I also recommend Mary Poppins, Bednobs and Broomsticks, and Nanny McPhee. (only Nanny is not a musical)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad took my sister and I to see this movie when we were young; my children love now! We are buying the dvd today, so my girls can take it to their granddad's and watch it with him, he's 75 they are 20 and 23; and they just love it! I totally agree that the child catcher remains the scariest character!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always loved this movie, and when I was very young, CBS showed it annually for awhile...I was really spooked by the Child Catcher, who was more terrifying to me than the Witch in Wizard of Oz. Most people mistakenly remember this as a Disney film, which it is certainly not...but with Dick Van Dyke, the Sherman Brothers songs, and Irwin Kostal conducting, i assume that is where people make that error. Sally Ann Howes makes a gorgeous herione and Lionel Jeffries is the perfect dotty old grandpa. Luckily, Dick Van Dyke does not attempt a British accent here, and he is superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dick Van Dyke is awesome as the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts and Sally Ann Howes does a great job as Truly Scrumptious, the daughter of a candy maker. I love the special feature where you can sing-along to the wonderful dozen or so numbers! I hadn't seen Chitty in about year, and it was great to sing along! A great family film! A must own (especially on DVD)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad to see this movie come out on DVD. I remember watching it as a child and thinking it wonderful. I have to say, I think that the Child Catcher is one of the scariest characters ever to appear on film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed this movie and finally added it to my DVD collection. I am so very happy i did. Now i can watch when i want,,,i can hand it down to my grandchildren and watch it with them and i hope it contines to entertain many more generations to come. Its funny,,,its bright,,,its everything a family can sit and watch without all the sex, violence, drugs and things we dont want our kids seeing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic children's story written by the man who brought us James Bond. Who knew that Ian Flemming could also write children's stories? A magical trip for little ones, a great family movie to watch together, catchy songs and characters. Truly mesmerizing !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the most enjoyable film I have ever seen. My children just loved it. It brought back many good memories for me. I remember watching this classic with my mother. The songs are great. My children (age 2 and 4) sing the songs all the time. This movie is on all the time at my house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My children enjoyed "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" when they were young and now my granddaughter is enjoying it too. She walks around singing the title song and also "Toot Sweet". It is a great way to introduce her to other make believe movies besides cartoons. She also loves "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" as well as a lot of the Disney Movies especially " Cinderella"
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My mum taped chitty chitty bang bang off the TV for me when i was young and i watched it all the time my brother and sister got so boared of it. I am now 16 and still love watching this film, my friends laughed and joked about it untill we had a sleep over and we all watched it and loved it so much they want to buy it. I havn't seen it in a few years after it got thrown out by mistake and am now looking around the shops to find it. I have to admitt that this film not only is great for young children but Big kids too!
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