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Original cinema release poster.
Directed by Ken Hughes
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by Roald Dahl
Ken Hughes
Starring Dick Van Dyke
Sally Ann Howes
Lionel Jeffries
James Robertson Justice
Robert Helpmann
Music by Songs:
Richard M. Sherman (lyrics)
Robert B. Sherman (lyrics)
Score:
Irwin Kostal
Cinematography Christopher Challis
Editing by John Shirley
Studio Warfield Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 16 December 1968 (1968-12-16)
Running time 144 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $10 million
Money made $7.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British 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.

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.

Cast

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

Musical numbers

  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

Production

Locations

  • 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.

Reception

Box office

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

Reviews

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:

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

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