Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill, Gert FrÃ¶be
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Rating: G (General Audience)
Runtime: 144 minutes
This remastered, pan-and-scan 30th-anniversary edition of that kiddie-car caper is flawed but solid family fare. It retains a quaint charm while some of the songs--including the title tune--are quite hummable. A huge plus is Dick Van Dyke, who is extremely appealing as an eccentric inventor around the turn of the century. With nimble fingers and a unique way of looking at the world, he invents for his children a magic car that floats and flies. Or does he? The special effects are tame by today's standards, and the film is about 20 minutes too long--but its enthusiasm charms. The script was cowritten by Roald Dahl and based on the novel by Ian Fleming, best known for his James Bond adventures. --Rochelle O'Gorman
The nerve of that woman! Coming in here and telling me how to raise my children! Do I need someone telling me how to raise my children? Do I? Where is my cardigan?
Under your jacket.
Under my jacket. Do you think your father's a crackpot?
Your cardigan's on inside-out.
What? Oh. Do you think I'm a loony, wasting my time on a lot of silly inventions?
But they aren't silly! They're wonderful!
Nobody else could think of them!
That's right! That is right! Nobody else could think of them.
And so after that Vulgaria became a free country, and all the children laughed and played in the sunshine, and they were very, very happy. And Chitty flew high over the mountains back to England, everybody safe and sound and...
And Daddy and Truly were married!
And lived happily ever after!
Is that how the story ends?
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