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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 26 June 1998 (USA)
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A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.

Director:

Betty Thomas

Writers:

Hugh Lofting (stories), Nat Mauldin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Dr. John Dolittle
Ossie Davis ... Archer Dolittle
Oliver Platt ... Dr. Mark Weller
Peter Boyle ... Calloway
Richard Schiff ... Dr. Gene 'Geno' Reiss
Kristen Wilson ... Lisa Dolittle
Jeffrey Tambor ... Dr. Fish
Kyla Pratt ... Maya Dolittle
Raven-Symoné ... Charisse Dolittle
Steven Gilborn ... Dr. Sam Litvack
Erik Dellums ... Jeremy (as Erik Todd Dellums)
June Christopher ... Diane
Cherie Franklin Cherie Franklin ... Mrs. Parkus
Mark Adair-Rios ... Intern
Don Calfa ... Patient at Hammersmith
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Storyline

Dr. John Dolittle has the world in his hands: A beautiful wife at his side, two adorable daughters and a career that could not go better. One night, he nearly runs over a dog with his car. The dog yells "bonehead" and disappears. From then on, his childhood ability is back: To communicate with animals. Unfortunately, the word of Dolittle's ability is spreading quickly. Soon, many animals from rat to horse flock to his place to get medical advice. But his colleagues suspect he's going mad, and as the clinic Dolittle used to work for is about to being taken over for a huge amount of money, many decisions have to be made. Believe him? Put him into a mental institution? Sell the clinic? But also his family is close to breaking apart. Until a circus tiger falls seriously ill. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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He doesn't just talk to the animals! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Dolittle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,014,324, 28 June 1998

Gross USA:

$144,156,605

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,456,605
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Eddie Murphy's second movie remake in which he played a character was previously played by a Caucasian actor. He had remade The Nutty Professor (1963) two years earlier. See more »

Goofs

When John and Rodney are in the car, after Rodney says, "Okay, let's chill. Let's just chill," the scene switches to John getting out of the car. Rodney is a different guinea pig. See more »

Quotes

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Lucky: [narrating] You know, they say the great thing about being a kid is, it's so easy to pretend. You can have a conversation with your dog or a baseball or a banana. Well, what if wasn't pretend? What if you could have a conversation. I mean, not with a baseball or a banana - that's ridiculous, but - but with your dog?
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References The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Murphy Had Reinvented Himself
27 January 2018 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Eddie Murphy movie in order, I come to Doctor Doolittle (1998)

Plot In A Paragraph: A doctor discovers he can talk to animals.

Again I watched this one with my girlfriends daughter. Again we had fun watching it. I'm actually amazed at the rating this got, due to some of its humour. Kids tend to love bodily function humour, and she is no exception. I have not decided if I will permanently add it to my collection, but I certainly enjoyed myself, and have worse movies in my collection. All in all, it's a decent family movie.

A few of the animals are voiced by celebs Rocky (Chris Rock) Jacob the Tiger (Albert Brooks) and one of the rats (John Leguizamo) all stand out. Sadly so did the annoying Gilbert Gottfried. Check out a nod to Rocky 3 below.

Dr Doolittle grossed $144 Million at the domestic box office to end the year the 6th highest grossing movie of 1998. Against all odds, Murphy had totally reinvented himself. The brash, vulgar comedian from the early to mid 80's was gone. He was a guy who starred with animals and kids in family friendly movies. Strange to get used to as a fan of his earlier work. But it worked. There's an entire generation that only knows this Murphy. The guy from the family films.


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