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Doctor Dolittle

This musical adaptation of Hugh Lofting's classic stories brings to life the world of Doctor John Dolittle (played by Rex Harrison), a 19th century English physician who throws away his family practice to pursue his true interest--veterinary medicine. With a little help from his pet parrot, the doctor is soon conversing with animals of every species. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 152
Theater Release: 19 Dec 1967
Video Release: 30 Oct 2000
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Although the film is set in the late 1800, how does the “I want to be just like a man” characterization of Emma Fairfax reflect the equal rights revolution that was occurring in 1967 when the film was made?

Which of the male characters, Matthew Mugg or John Dolittle, treats Emma with the most respect and equality? Why does she fall in love with the more chauvinistic of the two?

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