Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Ken Hughes (1968)

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When this splendid musical was released in 1968, it was unfairly compared with Disney classic Mary Poppins, not least because of its lacklustre box office. Not a surprise as this adaptation of the Ian Fleming novel shared Poppins star Dick Van Dyke, a super sing-a-long score by the Sherman brothers and a picture-book Edwardian setting. However, director Ken Hughes's fabulous family film about eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (played by an ebullient Van Dyke) and his onomatopoeically named flying car has its own merits: toe-tapping songs (Me Ol' Bamboo, Toot Sweets, the title song); a script co-written by Roald Dahl; glorious sets (by Ken Adam); and a top-notch cast including Benny Hill, Lionel Jeffries and Goldfinger himself Gert Frobe, as well as an unforgettable baddie in Robert Helpmann's nightmare-inducing Child catcher. OK, it's epic in length and the Potts children may be cutesy but it still looks fantastic and is pure evergreen entertainment.


Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts rescues an old car from the scrapheap, only to discover it has magical, gravity-defying powers. Meanwhile, Baron Bomburst, the blundering ruler of Vulgaria, will do anything to get his greedy hands on it. Children's musical adventure, based on the book by Ian Fleming, starring Dick Van Dyke, Lionel Jeffries, Sally Ann Howes, Gert Frobe, Benny Hill and James Robertson Justice.

Cast & Crew

Caractacus Potts Dick Van Dyke
Truly Scrumptious Sally Ann Howes
Grandpa Potts Lionel Jeffries
Baron Bomburst Gert Fröbe
Baroness Bomburst Anna Quayle
Toymaker Benny Hill
Lord Scrumptious James Robertson-Justice
Child catcher Robert Helpmann
Jemima Heather Ripley
Jeremy Adrian Hall
Blonde Barbara Windsor
Chancellor Stanley Unwin
Coggins Desmond Llewelyn
Cyril Arthur Mullard
Inventor Max Wall
Secretary, sweet factory Richard Wattis
Director Ken Hughes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's Music