Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Saturday, 21 September 2019

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    Truly scrumptious.

  • Starring:

    Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann, Barbara Windsor

  • Directed by:

    Ken Hughes

  • Running time:

    144 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), G (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Cars crash and burn while racing. Children are nearly run over. A woman throws a bucket of water in a man's face. Objects get smashed. Pirates pursue a family, fire cannons. Man overboard. A man is hit on the head with a spyglass. Boxes of dynamite, off-camera explosion. People, vehicles are kidnapped. A car drives over a high cliff-edge. Executioner with axe seen in background. A nightmare-inducing baddie catches and kidnaps children. Adults are locked in a dungeon, children locked in solitary confinement. A man shoots at his wife floating in the sky, then carries out numerous attempts to kill her. Truancy, jettisoning, broken glass. Yelling, arguing, threats. Execution, drowning mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Gender, cultural, ageist stereotyping. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Invention, fantasy, adventure, family, musicals, child welfare, persistence, eccentricity, never accept sweets from strangers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Absent mother. Dogs, dog-bite, chickens, horses, cows, donkey, flocks of birds (swans, pigeons), sheep, welding sparks, thunder, lightning, zeppelin. Fur worn, sausage eaten, hanging cuts of raw meat seen. Sky-high camera cinematography. Based on Ian Fleming's best-selling novel.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Magical car and adventure, delightful characters, marvellous performances, great gadgets and inventions, colourful. Adored by adults and children alike. Scary!

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Corny musical numbers, mushy romance.

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