Director: Richard Fleischer
Writers: Hugh Lofting (novels)
Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
Release Date: December 19, 1967 (USA)
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Musical
Tagline: Ride across the sea inside the GIANT PINK SEA SNAIL!
Plot Summary: Doctor Dolittle is a world-renowned veterinarian who speaks a
wide array of animal languages. He sets off from his home in
Plot Keywords: Animal Rights / Overture / Monkey Actor / Talking Animal /
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations
Rex Harrison ... Dr. John Dolittle
Samantha Eggar ... Emma Fairfax
Anthony Newley ... Matthew Mugg
Richard Attenborough ... Albert Blossom
Peter Bull ... Gen. Bellowes
Muriel Landers ... Mrs. Blossom
William Dix ... Tommy Stubbins
Geoffrey Holder ... William Shakespeare X
Portia Nelson ... Sarah Dolittle
Norma Varden ... Lady Petherington
152 min / 145 min (FMC Library Print)
Color: Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio: 2.20 : 1
Sound Mix: 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations: 20th Century Fox Ranch, Malibu Creek State Park - 1925
Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California, USA
Company: APJAC Productions more
Nine separate versions of the musical soundtrack were commissioned in several
languages, with over a million copies pressed total. Almost none of them sold,
which is why to this day the soundtrack turns up in many thrift stores and
99-cent "cut out" bins.
Quotes: Polynesia: I speak over two thousand languages, including Dodo and
Unicorn. I had a classical education.
Movie Connections: Referenced in The Karate Dog (2004)
14 out of 14 people found the following comment useful:-
underrated film classic, 20 September 1999 9/10
Author: peacham from Wilkes- Barre pa.
Highly atmospheric and splendidly acted this film is a pure joy to watch.
Legendary actor Rex Harrison give one of his best screen performances as the
eracable,lovable Doctor. Anthony Newley gets one of his rare screen
appearances and shows just what a talented performer he was.And of course
Lord Attenbourgh's comic turn as Albert Blossom gives him rare comic
opportunity.the score is well done by Leslie Bricusse (Newley's long time
collaborator.)And the dialogue is sharp and witty. the performance are
extremely real for a childeren's fantasy film. Its a shame that the Eddie
Murphy misfire has taken recognition away from this charming film.