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Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle
Actors: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough, Peter Bull
Director: Richard Fleischer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts
G     2007     2hr 32min

Get ready for the wildest adventure of a lifetime in the most ambitious musical production ever brought to film. Earning a 1967 Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, this dazzling fantasy turns both ordinary and exoti...  more »

     

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Actors: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough, Peter Bull
Director: Richard Fleischer
Creators: Robert Surtees, Marjorie Fowler, Samuel E. Beetley, Arthur P. Jacobs, Mort Abrahams, Hugh Lofting, Leslie Bricusse
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Romantic Comedies, Comedy, Classics, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/16/2007
Original Release Date: 12/19/1967
Theatrical Release Date: 12/19/1967
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 18
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, French

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Movie Reviews

One of the grand family musicals of the 1960s with an outsta
Gregory Ehrbar | Orlando, FL | 04/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not to be confused with the Eddie Murphy comedy, which apparently took the premise of Hugh Lofting's classic children's books and left the remainder behind, this Rex Harrison film was adapted directly from the books by the composer/lyricist Leslie Bricusse (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Scrooge) and produced on a very grand scale.

Costarring Anthony Newley and Samantha Eggar ("my eyes are green, my hair is auburn and my dress is vivid red"), the epic spectacular was filmed on numerous breathtaking locations, including Tobago for the last sequence, and featured a score that yielded the Oscar winning "Talk to the Animals." An Oscar also was given for special effects, which were impressive in their pre-CG day. It was even nominated for best picture.

Also of note is Sir Richard "Jurassic" Attenborough (with Wizard of Oz-like putty nose) as the circus owner in a very elaborate musical number that included Disney entertainment executive Gene Columbus in the cast. Oh, and in case Samantha Eggar's singing sounds like Charlie Bucket's mom, it's because that's Diana Lee you're hearing.

What I remember is that the music from Doctor Dolittle was recorded by numerous artists in the late '60s, from Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bobby Darin to Alvin and the Chipmunks. The problem was that, while Fox was clearly expecting a Mary Poppins/Sound of Music success, Dolittle did little at the box office largely because audiences were tiring of three-hour musical extravaganzas, Hollywood movies were getting grittier and popular music was getting groovier. Still, taken on its own, this lavish experience stands up very well today as Disneyesque family fun.
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