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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Best Film Ever?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Johnny Action, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President Thread Starter

    Location:
    Kailua, Hawai’i
    Am I the only one who recognizes this film as perhaps the best, most complete and most satisfying movie ever made?
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    Think about it: this 1968 release was produced by the same team as produced the James Bond franchise. The special effects were and still remain fantastic and ahead of their time. The story masterfully incorporates and combines action, adventure, music, dance, romance, coming of age, terror, comedy and a strong moral compass. The score inspired millions and is still popular to this day.
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    Has there been been a film that succeeded on so many levels? No, there has not. What a remarkable cinematic accomplishment.
     
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  2. marmalade166

    marmalade166 Grokkin' 'n' Groovin'

    Location:
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Maybe the best screen villain ever, the child-catcher scared the bejesus out of me as a kid!
     
  3. BILLONEEG

    BILLONEEG Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Jersey
    This is one of my all-time favorites! The movie is wonderful! The music is wonderful! This movie should get the royal box set treatment by Warner Brothers (like what they did with "Gone With The Wind" & "The Wizard Of Oz".) or by Criterion. I bought it each time it was released to get any extras & the upgrade.
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  4. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Location:
    California
    Most contrapuntal to be sure!
     
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  5. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    Great Stanley Unwin cameo.
     
  6. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    Location:
    Deep Maryland
    I get this movie confused with BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS.
     
  7. evillouie

    evillouie Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toledo
    I always joke with my wife that, as a mechanical engineer, I wish they would have shown what Dick Van Dyke was doing to restore the car, instead of whatever the kids were doing. :D:D:D
     
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  8. Spadeygrove

    Spadeygrove Forum Resident

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    Charleston, WV
  9. evillouie

    evillouie Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toledo
     
  10. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Location:
    Syracuse, NY USA
    I don’t really remember the film, but my brother and his friends used to refer to some kid they went to college with as the “child catcher” and swore he was a dead ringer.
     
  11. captouch

    captouch Forum Resident

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    Bay Area, CA
    I thought it was a chitty film myself. :)
     
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  12. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me!

    Location:
    Iowa
    To be short & succinct: Yes. Yes you are. :laugh:

    I loved the book as a child. I saw the movie after reading the book, & for me seeing it once was about ten times too many. Even as a child I found it silly & inane.

    But, to each their own. :tiphat:
     
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  13. Rufus McDufus

    Rufus McDufus Forum Resident

    Location:
    London
    This or Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971).
     
  14. TheDailyBuzzherd

    TheDailyBuzzherd Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northeast USA
    Thanks to this film, I learned my first bad word.
    It was '68, I was four, we saw this first run. Back
    in nursery school, we kids yapped about it during
    arts'n'crafts and one boy called the film,

    "Sh!tty Sh!tty Bang Bang"

    Dunno if I asked him what it meant, but there ya go.

    We saw this again ten years ago as a family and it lost
    some of its charm. But it remains fairly solid. Good cast.
     
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  15. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President Thread Starter

    Location:
    Kailua, Hawai’i
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is too good for you!
     
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  16. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    Location:
    US
    Even as an 8 year old kid, I thought this film stunk on ice.
     
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  17. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

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    US

    Exactly.
     
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  18. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dixie
    Yes yes whatever you say
     
  19. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

    Location:
    Tryon, NC, USA
    Coincidentally, after not having thought about the movie in 30 years, we were talking about it last Wednesday on our bike ride.
     
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  20. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

    Location:
    Tryon, NC, USA
    One of my childhood friends had the car.

     
  21. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President Thread Starter

    Location:
    Kailua, Hawai’i
    See what I mean? It is that good.
     
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  22. Steve Baker

    Steve Baker Forum Resident

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    Columbia, Maryland
    Dick Van Dyke the Greatest British Thespian ever.............."Bert the Chimney Sweep".
     
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  23. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

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    Tryon, NC, USA
    Better a dancer who can't Cockney than a Cockney who can't dance.
     
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  24. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Oh it's a damn good film.

    Loved it as a kid. When my kid was old enough, I showed it to him and we had a great laugh. Lots of great slapstick and just a little bit of risque humor- I assume I am not the only one who noticed how Fleming named his female characters: Truly Scrumptious vs P____ Galore. :drool:

    It ain't Citizen Kane or the Godfather. But it was not meant to be. It's imaginative fun. And well done.
     
  25. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    Chitty is indeed a great film, when in an era great films knew how to be made.:)
     
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