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Doctor Dolittle

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1998
  • Betty Thomas
  • 81 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Dr John DolittleEddie Murphy
Archer DolittleOssie Davis
Dr Mark WellerOliver Platt
CallowayPeter Boyle
Dr Gene ReissRichard Schiff
LisaKristen Wilson
Dr FishJeffrey Tambor
MayaKyla Pratt
TigerAlbert Brooks
RodneyChris Rock
Rat No 2John Leguizamo
Female PigeonJulie Kavner
Male PigeonGarry Shandling
Prologue DogEllen DeGeneres
OwlJenna Elfman
RacoonPaul Reubens
Baby TigerJonathan Lipnicki

Crew

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DirectorBetty Thomas

Details

Released on
1998-07-31
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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