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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

classified U

Roald Dahl on Film


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016

Ken Hughes
Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries
146 mins, 1968, UK

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - start your engines for this high-flying, musical adventure! Dahl helped adapt this fantasy written by his friend Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, and we’re delighted to present this remastered version for you all.

In pre-WWI England, an absent-minded, eccentric but brilliant inventor called Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) spruces up a wrecked racing car for his children (Jeremy and Jemima) - which develops the amazing ability to float on water and fly. This feat of engineering captures the eye of the evil Baron Bombast and in a classic case of mistaken identity Baron Bombast's henchmen capture Caractus’ father mistaking him for the inventor of the magical car.

Setting off to rescue their Grandfather and with the help of the lovely Truly Scrumptious they find themselves pursued by the evil Child Catcher (Robert Helpmann) - who snatches Jeremy and Jemima. Can Caractacus, Truly and Chitty save the day? Featuring songs, a sweet factory, toys galore and loads of slapstick gags the film's tag line was ‘the most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history of everything!’ which just about sums it up - this is the perfect family film, adventure, comedy, great songs and - most of all - fun! Enjoy!