Doctor Dolittle

  • PG
  • Betty Thomas (1998)
  • US
  • 81 min
Doctor Dolittle
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Following the success of The Nutty Professor, Eddie Murphy completed his transformation from foul-mouthed, fast-talking comic to all-round family entertainer with this, the UK's second-highest grossing film in 1998 (after Titanic). Murphy plays a doctor whose life is turned upside down when his childhood gift - the ability to "talk with the animals" - returns. That's the cue for lots of juvenile gags from a host of guest voices (Garry Shandling, Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres), while the likes of Ossie Davis and Oliver Platt look on bemused. Betty Thomas directs proficiently, but Rex Harrison must be turning in his grave.

Plot Summary

Fantasy comedy update of the 1967 musical, starring Eddie Murphy as San Francisco doctor John Dolittle, whose life is turned upside down when a head injury reactivates a long-dormant ability to talk with animals.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dr John Dolittle
Eddie Murphy
Archer Dolittle
Ossie Davis
Dr Mark Weller
Oliver Platt
Calloway
Peter Boyle
Dr Gene Reiss
Richard Schiff
Lisa
Kristen Wilson
Dr Fish
Jeffrey Tambor
Maya
Kyla Pratt
Tiger
Albert Brooks
Rodney
Chris Rock
Rat No 2
John Leguizamo
Female Pigeon
Julie Kavner
Male Pigeon
Garry Shandling
Prologue Dog
Ellen DeGeneres
Owl
Jenna Elfman
Racoon
Paul Reubens
Baby Tiger
Jonathan Lipnicki

Crew

Director
Betty Thomas

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy

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