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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

    Kailua, Hawai’i
    Silence! You bad, bad man!!
  2. Bluesman Mark

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

    Yes. Yes I am.

    Is my being proud of that fact a negative? :D :laugh:
  3. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President Thread Starter

    Kailua, Hawai’i
    Saw it again last night. Blu Ray. I never tire of this tour de force. It has everything: action, romance, comedy, history, intrigue! Recommended!
  4. HaileyMcComet

    HaileyMcComet Forum Resident

    All you need to sell it are 3 words: Dick Van Dyke in a flying car.
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  5. Jord

    Jord Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    I can't put my finger on it but for some reason I don't really like the movie even though I wanted to like it. It has Dick van Dyke, Sherman Brothers and a flying car. Since I really love Mary Poppins, this seemed like a sort of attempt at a pseudo-sequel (along with Bed knobs and Broomsticks, which I enjoy a lot more. The songs vary in quality with Me ol' Bamboo just being a reskin of Step in Time. Hushabye Mountain is great though but the overal soundtrack lacks the punch or joy MP had. Maybe that's an unfair comparison but I feel that even when listened without that comparison the soundtrack's not that great.
    I find the movie itself a bit slow and boring.

    To me, both Bed knobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppin Returns are better "sequels" to MP. They have more joy, more care. CCBB feels like they tried to hard to copy MP and forgot to put their own soul into the movie.
  6. Bluesman Mark

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

    You do know that anytime anyone watches, mentions or even thinks about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, God breaks an entire set of Beatles records! :D :laugh: :biglaugh:
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    BILLONEEG Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    To make room for more Justin Bieber records!:crazy::laughup::crazy:
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  8. manicpopthrill

    manicpopthrill Forum Resident

    Probably my favorite movie as a kid, but damn, that child catcher haunted me for years! Still creeps me out to this day. :laugh:
  9. Vinyl Addict

    Vinyl Addict Forum Resident

    Definitely not. Im not sure what I would call the best movie ever, but certainly not Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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  10. stepeanut

    stepeanut Sonic Art Union

    I am confident that it would not make my top 1,000 films. Didn’t care for it as a kid, and I don’t see it through the prism of nostalgia now.

    It irritates me slightly that questions about the film regularly crop up in quizzes in the U.K. There is an assumption here that it’s something you are supposed to know well and revere; not me.
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  11. tkl7

    tkl7 Agent Provocateur

    New York, NY, USA
    It was good. I don't think it was the best ever, but it was good.
  12. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Seeker of Truth

    Not very likely.
  13. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

    Me too! That guy gave me nightmares for a very long time.
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  14. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

    I had that car.
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  15. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a movie I remember loving as a kid - "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is on TV this week! Do we have popcorn?" - but catching up with it later, wasn't as good as I remembered (you know, like Doctor Doolittle with Rex Harrison). It's not for lack of trying, though - Cubby Broccoli brought some of his James Bond creative team into the production, so the sets and locations are imaginative, the editing excellent, and Gert "Goldfinger" Frobe brings the ham to pair with Dick Van Dyke's cheese.

    Oh - and the Child Catcher was still genuinely creepy, too.
  16. Randoms

    Randoms Aerie Faerie Nonsense

    In the UK It was shown every Christmas for decades.....
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  17. WLL

    WLL Popery Of Mopery

    ...Do the Brits complain about D. Van Duke's British accent in CCBB like they do about his accent in Mary Poppins?
  18. Randoms

    Randoms Aerie Faerie Nonsense

  19. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    when i was really young i was in class one of my friends told me to go up to the teacher and say duck and replace the D with an F. i did and they laughed and the teacher was livid, i tried to explain i didnt know what it meant, i must of been gullible lol
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2020
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  20. TheDailyBuzzherd

    TheDailyBuzzherd Forum Resident

    Northeast USA

    There was another kid a few years later who taught me The Boid.
    We were in the back of a station wagon his mom was driving and
    he was giving The Finger to the car following us.

    "Here, just push your middle finger between these two
    and stick it out."

    I don't think we got caught. How many school bus kids did that
    to me when I was driving? Plenty enough.
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  21. babyblue

    babyblue Pactches Pal!

    Pacific NW
    I never understood the appeal of this movie. I tried to watch it several times and was bored to death each time. Even as a kid it stuck me as flat and bland.
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  22. Johnny Action

    Johnny Action Forum President Thread Starter

    Kailua, Hawai’i
    Your story saddens me. Smile!!!
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  23. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I think the movie has some value but it is slow. It takes much longer to go where it needs to go!

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Blu-Ray] (1968)
  24. JohnG

    JohnG PROG Nation!

    New York, NY
    Saw it at Radio City Music Hall when I was a kid and it still resonates with me.
  25. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    I saw this in theater as a kid. I just drove by what used to be that theater the other day.

    An alternative view: (not a fan's view)

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