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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (United Artists, 1968)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a British musical adventure fantasy film written by author Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes (who also directed the film) and was based loosely on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car. The film starred Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, James Robertson Justice and Robert Helmann. The title song was nominated for an Oscar.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was the 10th most popular film at the U.S. box office in the 1960s. The plot? A down-on-his luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children and they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.