Behind Enemy Lines (2001 film)
Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 American war film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an American naval flight officer, shot down over Bosnia and uncovers genocide during the Bosnian War. Meanwhile, his commanding officer is struggling to gain approval to launch a combat search and rescue mission to save Burnett; the plot is loosely based on the 1995 Mrkonjić Grad incident. Released on November 30, 2001, Behind Enemy Lines received negative reviews from critics, with criticism aimed at the film's action scenes and its perceived jingoistic plot. However, it was a considerable box office success, taking in nearly $92 million worldwide against a $40 million budget; the film was followed by three direct-to-video sequels, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines, with the third film being co-produced by WWE Studios. None of these sequels feature the crew of the original.
During the Bosnian War, United States Navy flight officer Lieutenant Chris Burnett and pilot Lieutenant Jeremy Stackhouse, who are stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Adriatic Sea, are assigned an aerial reconnaissance mission by their commanding officer, Admiral Reigart. The mission goes smoothly until they spot suspicious activity in the demilitarized zone where NATO aircraft and the warring factions are prohibited from engaging in military activity. Burnett persuades Stackhouse to fly their F/A-18F Super Hornet off-course to get a close look and photograph the target, they are unaware that they photographed mass graves, Serb paramilitaries see the jet. The local Bosnian Serb paramilitary commander, General Miroslav Lokar, is conducting a secret genocidal campaign against the local Bosniak population. Not wanting the mass graves to be discovered, Lokar orders the jet be shot down. Despite trying to outmaneuver the missiles fired at them, their jet is hit and both men are forced to eject.
Shortly after touching ground, a Serb patrol interrogate him. Stackhouse is executed by Sasha, one of Lokar's right-hand men. Burnett, observing the Serbs' interrogation of Stackhouse from a hill, flees the area, but exposes his location. Wanting Burnett dead as well, Lokar orders both his deputy, Colonel Bazda, Sasha to find him. After Burnett contacts Reigart for help, he orders Burnett to move to a certain location in order to be extracted. However, Reigart is forced to stand down after Admiral Piquet, the commander of NATO naval forces in the region, warns him that rescuing Burnett in the demilitarized zone risks derailing the peace process; when Burnett reaches the extraction point, Reigart informs him that he must move to another location miles outside of the demilitarized zone in order to be rescued. After being informed, Burnett sees a Serb patrol, led by Bazda, looking for him. Running from them, he falls into the mass grave that he and Stackhouse had photographed and hides under a dead body.
When the patrol is out of sight, he continues to run. On his way to the new extraction point, Burnett encounters a group of Bosniak guerrillas in a pickup truck who offer him a ride; the guerrillas inform Burnett that they are heading to Hač, a safe haven but turns out to be a war zone. During the battle, Serb troops believe that they have found Burnett's body, but Sasha realizes that Burnett had switched uniforms with a dead Serb guerrilla and escaped Hač; the Serbs turn the situation to their advantage, presenting the corpse wearing Burnett's uniform to the media, saying he was killed by guerrillas. The ruse works and a mission to rescue Burnett is aborted. However, Burnett notices an angel statue near, he activates the rescue beacon. Though the carrier group notices his signal and positively identifies him, Burnett has alerted the Serbs to his location. Knowing he risks being relieved of command, Reigart prepares a task force to rescue Burnett in open defiance of Piquet's orders. Meanwhile and Sasha are ordered by Lokar to find Burnett and kill him, but on their way, Bazda steps on a landmine and Sasha abandons him to his fate.
The mine explodes, alerting Burnett that someone is following him. After Sasha finds the ejection seat, Burnett ambushes him and the two men engage in hand-to-hand combat until Burnett fatally stabs Sasha. Thereafter, Lokar arrives with armored vehicles and infantry who open fire on Burnett. Reigart's task force holds off Lokar's forces. After retrieving the hard drive containing the photos of the mass graves, Burnett is rescued; the footage Burnett retrieved leads to the arrest and conviction of Lokar for war crimes including genocide, while Reigart's actions result in him being relieved of command and his eventual retirement. Burnett continues his career in the Navy; the film was shot on location in Slovakia, plus Koliba Studios, Slovakia. The USS Carl Vinson was the aircraft carrier featured in the film. Exterior naval footage was filmed on board the carrier. Interiors were filmed on the USS Constellation, on a film set; the film bears some resemblance to the experiences of former U. S. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady, shot down over Bosnia on June 2, 1995.
He managed to survive for six days before being rescued by U. S. Marines. O'Grady, who became a children's author and motivational speaker, filed suit against the both the producers of Behind Enemy Lines as well as Behind Enemy Lines: The Scott O’Grady Story, a 1998 documentary that Discovery Channel aired on his experience, for defamation of character, accusing the film's producers of in
Jump In! is a 2007 Disney Channel Original Movie, which premiered on January 12, 2007. It was released on Disney Channel UK on April 27, 2007; the film, starring Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer, revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels, who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, Izzy discovers his new love for jumping rope and in the meantime, he soon discovers true love in Mary. Filming took place from June–July 2006 in Toronto, Canada. Isadore "Izzy" Daniels is a star boxer in Brooklyn, hoping to win the Golden Gloves, like his father Kenneth, who's his coach. Izzy competes in an exhibition match against Rodney, his classmate and the neighborhood bully, wins using strategy and focus, giving him a chance to go to the Golden Gloves. Izzy's neighbor, Mary Thomas, is a competitive Double Dutch player on a team called the Joy Jumpers. Izzy brings his younger sister and her friends to the Double Dutch regional competition, to watch Mary and her teammates, Shauna and Yolanda.
Watching the competition, though Izzy tries to hide it, he is impressed by the competition, shows an interest in Double Dutch. The Joy Jumpers take fourth place qualifying for the city finals. Upset with Mary's freestyle choreography, Yolanda leaves the team and joins their main competitors, the Dutch Dragons; the Joy Jumpers need to find another teammate. Not taking Double Dutch Izzy mocks their dilemma. Mary challenges him to jump rope, prove that it's easy. Izzy manages having done jump roping to train for boxing. He's convinced by Keisha to be a temporary replacement until they can find someone else. Mary agrees to the arrangement, he practices with the Joy Jumpers before school at his father's gym, so no one can see them. Over the next several days, Izzy spends more time with the Joy Jumpers and improves tremendously at Double Dutch, though his boxing skills and punctuality suffer as a result, his fellow boxer, finds out, but promises to keep it a secret if he stops teasing her. With some help from Izzy, the Joy Jumpers are able to put together a better freestyle routine.
Izzy agrees to join the team permanently, suggests they change the name to Hot Chili Steppers instead, which Mary agrees to. Izzy plans to perform with them at a Double Dutch exhibition to practice their routine; that day, Izzy's dad shows up with tickets to a boxing match. Reluctant to tell the truth, Izzy goes with his dad, bails on Mary and the Hot Chili Steppers. Upset, Mary kicks him off the team though Izzy apologizes. Rodney, meanwhile, is furious over losing to Izzy, demands a rematch, though Izzy continuously ignores him, he discovers Izzy's secret, takes pictures of him puts them all over their school and ridiculing Izzy. After seeing this, Mary goes to Izzy, tries to convince him to come back, but Izzy coldly turns her down, Mary gives up. Kenneth gives Izzy a gift for his boxing match, but discovers the pictures Rodney posted, confronts Izzy about it. Izzy admits that he didn't tell his dad because since Kenneth's wife, Izzy's mother, all he talks about is boxing. Izzy admits that he no longer likes the sport, only does it for his father.
Izzy apologizes, feeling guilty for his outburst, while Kenneth accepts the apology leaves the room. Izzy takes out his anger practicing at the gym, until Tammy comes over, reminds him that she's been teased by him and others for being a female boxer, but she's never let it get to her, helping her become the best girl boxer in Brooklyn; as Izzy is leaving that night, Rodney arrives at the gym. He demands again that Izzy gives him the rematch, after some mocking, Izzy agrees to it. In the ring, Izzy responds to Rodney's mockery with fact, that he was angry because his father was out of work, everyone thought of him as a loud-mouthed bully, he uses the tricks he honed in freestyle practice to dodge Rodney's attacks and push him against the ropes finally stating that they both had a lot to be mad about, but fighting would not improve them. He leaves the ring, Rodney angrily follows, but trips and falls. Everyone urges Izzy to finish him, but he refuses, stating that he's tired of being mad before leaving the gym.
Rodney was impressed by Izzy. He admired Izzy for standing up to him; the Hot Chili Steppers come to the city finals with an abysmal replacement. He apologizes and, after some bantering, Mary forgives him; the Dutch Dragons show up, with Yolanda and their leader, snarking at Mary and her teammates. Mary, shows a new attitude, not letting their snark get to her. During the compulsory, the Steppers stun the Dragons by taking first place, while the Dragons take second; the Dragons take first in the speed, while the Steppers take second, which means the Freestyle round will determine the winners. Tammy shows up with Izzy's friends and Earl, to support the Hot Chili Steppers. Rodney shows up, as well. Just before they perform their freestyle routine, Izzy is surprised when his father and Karin show up to support him, too; the Hot Chili Steppers take the stage, with Izzy showing the skills he's learned, impressing his friends and Kenneth. After they finish their performance, Izzy goes up to his father. Kenneth apologizes, saying boxing was his way to stay close to Izzy af
When a Stranger Calls (2006 film)
When a Stranger Calls is a 2006 American horror film directed by Simon West and written by Jake Wade Wall. The film stars Camilla Belle, Brian Geraghty, Katie Cassidy, Clark Gregg. Belle plays a babysitter who starts to receive threatening phone calls from an unidentified stranger, played by both Tommy Flanagan and Lance Henriksen; the film is a remake of Fred Walton's 1979 horror film of the same name which became a cult classic for its legendary opening 20 minutes which this remake extended to a feature-length film. The film was theatrically released on February 3, 2006, received negative reviews from critics, it grossed over $66.9 million worldwide on a $15 million budget. The film starts with a view of the carnival and taking the view to the window of a house, the police are shown to be exiting the main door and it is revealed a babysitter and the two children were brutally murdered and ripped through bare hands. Teenager Jill Johnson's father Ben has her babysit for a wealthy family to pay off the debt of going over 800 minutes using her cellphone, causing Jill to be grounded for one month.
The unfortunate timing causes Jill to miss out on a school bonfire, which her best friend, Scarlett, is attending. Jill arrives at the location; the parents, tell her about their live-in housemaid Rosa Ramirez. Mrs. Mandrakis gives Jill their numbers, stating that they won't be back until midnight; as the kids are seen to be upstairs asleep, Jill soon begins to receive creepy anonymous phone calls from a stranger. Tiffany visits but Jill, fearing in getting into further trouble, asks her to leave. However, a tree branch, knocked down by the storm outside, blocks the road near the gate; when Tiffany gets out to move the broken branch, she is assailed by stranger. The calls continue, each one suggesting she is being watched. Jill calls the police, who tell her they can trace the calls if she is able to keep him on the line for one minute. While waiting for the phone to ring, Jill sees a shadow moving in the guesthouse, she finds that the guest house is empty. After seeing a light switch on in the house, Jill makes her way back to the main house.
She starts upstairs toward the maid's room when the phone rings again. The unknown caller continues to remain quiet on the other end as Jill tries to keep him on the line for 60 seconds so the call can be traced by the police; as Jill opens the door to the maid's room, where she hears the shower running, she asks the stranger on the phone "What do you want?!". He replies "Your blood...all over me". As Jill hangs up the police call back right away telling her that the calls are coming from inside the house; the phone disconnects. She finds Tiffany dead on the bathroom floor with her cell phone ringing next to her. Jill shrieks with terror to see her dead; as Jill gathers the Mandrakis’ children, she looks up to see the intruder looking down at her from the loft. Jill and the children run into the greenhouse. Jill discovers the housemaid Rosa dead inside the pool, they escape and Jill manages to lock the intruder inside the greenhouse, but he finds another way out and assails her. During the altercation, Jill manages to scorch the assailant’s back with the fireplace and stabs his hand into the hardwood floor with an iron fireplace instrument, before rushing out of the house into the arms of an police officer.
As the injured assailant is taken into custody, his face is shown by the moonlight staring at her. While recuperating, Jill awakens in the phone rings, she lets. She waits for a time and leaves the phone ringing, only to see her reflection in the mirror, revealing the assailant to be behind her; the assailant grabs Jill, who shrieks hysterically, waking her hallucination and finding herself still in the hospital while yelling that "He's in the house!". The film ends with the doctors and her dad trying to stop her frantic panicking, while the screen fades to black and the movie ends. Screen Gems first announced production of When a Stranger Calls in August 2004, with Jake Wade Wall penning the script. Screen Gems had plans to release both a remake of the original film and a sequel titled When a Stranger Returns. Evan Rachel Wood turned it down. Camilla Belle was approached and turned the role down due to her personal dislike for horror films but Simon West convinced her that he was going more for a psychological thriller and so she accepted.
To prepare for her role Belle had to do two months of learning how to run. Belle was injured twice on the set, she struck a wooden bridge cutting and scarring her hand and slammed her head against a glass window. Principal photography began on January 1, 2005 and completed on 28 February 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Bellarmine-Jefferson High School was used to portray the high school seen in the film while Signal Hill was used to portray the carnival shown in the film. Running Springs was used as the filming location for the road sequences; the house, used in the film is located in Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City; when a Stranger Calls: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score, 15-instrumental songs composed by James Dooley, was released on February 10, 2006. For the release of the film, AOL Instant Messenger ran ads beckoning users to IM Jill020306; when messaged, "Jill" made small talk before panicking, a
Out to Sea
Out to Sea is a 1997 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Rue McClanahan, Dyan Cannon and Brent Spiner. It was the final film for Gloria DeHaven and Edward Mulhare; the latter died on May 24, 1997 six weeks before the film's release. Out to Sea was directed with a screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs; the original music score was composed by David Newman. Compulsive gambler Charlie Gordon cons his brother-in-law, widower Herb Sullivan, whose wife Susie was Charlie's sister, into an all expenses-paid luxury Holland America Mexican cruise; the catch, which Charlie does not reveal to Herb until the ship has left port, is that they are required to work as dance hosts. They must sleep in a cramped cabin in the bowels of the ship, if they do not dance, they will get fired and have to pay nearly $3,000 for the cruise or get thrown off the ship. Ruled over by tyrannical, control-freak cruise director Gil Godwyn, they do their best, despite Charlie's not being able to dance; each meets a lady of interest.
One is the luscious heiress Liz LaBreche, whose wealth attracts Charlie every bit as much as the rest of her does though her wealth isn't real. The other is lovely widow Vivian, a successful book editor and, under the impression that Herb is a doctor, not a dancer. Vivian came on board on the ship with her daughter and her newlywed husband to help her start dating again. After telling her the truth, Herb soon finds himself quite attracted to Vivian, the feeling becomes mutual. However, Herb is still much in love with Susie which conflicts his growing feelings for Vivian, leading him to stand her up on the day that they were supposed to view the rare solar eclipse together. Charlie came onboard the ship to land a rich man. By the time Charlie drags ship owner Mrs. Carruthers across the dance floor in clumsy yet greatly pleases Mrs. Carruthers. Charlie sets up Mrs. Caruthers to meet in the latter's room under difference circumstances that neither are true, he being told he's about to get a big promotion and her thinking he's romantically interested in her.
This was set in motion to enable Charlie to continue his charade and he and Liz spend the night together. During the eclipse and Liz propose to each other and make plans to get married immediately. Liz's mom is ecstatic to having landed a rich guy, yet Liz has lost interest in how much money Charlie may have and is falling in love with him. However, figuring out that Charlie was in his room busts him in front of Liz and her mother who promptly dumps him and they decide to leave the cruise immediately, they make their getaway with Vivian on a plane. Herb decides against starting a new relationship with Vivian until Charlie reminds him that Susie was his sister long before she was Herb's wife, emphasizing that Susie would never want Herb to spend the rest of his life alone and unhappy. Herb and Charlie both realizing they are in love with the women decide to go after them. Herb and Charlie are preparing to launch a lifeboat to get off the ship. Gil finds them and Herb stands up to him and tells him off.
This sets off Gil who goes on a total tirade as Herb & Charlie leave, however Mrs. Caruthers is there with two other dance hosts and hears him say disparaging remarks about her, she promptly fires him, giving his job to one of the other dance hosts. Herb and Charlie find the plane trying to call out to all to come back, they set off a flare that Vivian reminds him of a story he told her. The plans lands and everyone tells the truth about everything. Charlie and Liz still continue dating, but Charlie made some good money that he won on a poker game from a rich guy that he had tore up to impress Liz and he taped it back together. Herb and Vivian are together as well. End credits show bloopers and that Gil is now just a dance host and is miserable; the movie received an unenthusiastic review from Janet Maslin in The New York Times. She described the film as a "weak but genial romp." She credits Brent Spiner as a funny "scene-stealer" and says that Ms DeHaven is "almost as pretty" in this film as she was in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, says that Donald O'Connor's dancing "draw a well-deserved round of applause".
The film holds a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Out to Sea on IMDb Out to Sea at Rotten Tomatoes Out to Sea at Box Office Mojo
Courage Under Fire
Courage Under Fire is a 1996 American war film directed by Edward Zwick, starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan. It is the second collaboration between director Zwick; the film was released in the United States on July 12, 1996. While serving in the Gulf War, Lieutenant Colonel Serling accidentally destroys one of his own tanks during a confusing night-time battle, killing his friend, Captain Boylar; the US Army covers up the transfers Serling to a desk job. Serling is assigned to determine if Captain Karen Emma Walden should be the first woman to receive a Medal of Honor, she was the commander of a Medevac Huey, sent to rescue the crew of a shot-down Black Hawk. When she encountered a T-54, her crew destroyed it by dropping a fuel bladder onto the tank and igniting it with a flare gun. However, her own helicopter was shot down soon after; the two crews were unable to join forces, when the survivors were rescued the next day, Walden was reported dead. Serling notices inconsistencies between the testimonies of Walden's crew.
Specialist Andrew Ilario, the medic, praises Walden strongly. However, Staff Sergeant John Monfriez claims that Walden was a coward and that he led the crew in combat and improvised the fuel bladder weapon. Sergeant Altameyer, dying in a hospital, complains about a fire. Warrant Officer One Rady, the co-pilot, was unconscious throughout. Furthermore, the crew of the Black Hawk claim that they heard firing from an M16, but Ilario and Monfriez deny they had one. Under pressure from the White House and his commander, Brigadier General Hershberg, to wrap things up Serling leaks the story to a newspaper reporter, Tony Gartner, to prevent another cover-up; when Serling grills Monfriez during a car ride, Monfriez forces him to get out of the vehicle at gunpoint commits suicide by driving into an oncoming train. Serling tracks Ilario down, Ilario tells him the truth. Monfriez wanted to flee; when Walden refused, he pulled a gun on her. Walden shot an enemy who appeared behind Monfriez, but Monfriez thought Walden was firing at him and shot her in the stomach, before backing off.
The next morning, the enemy attacked again. Walden covered her men's retreat, firing an M16. However, Monfriez told the rescuers. Napalm was dropped on the entire area. Altameyer tried to expose Monfriez's lie at the time, but was too injured to speak, Ilario was too scared of the court-martial Walden had threatened them with and remained silent. Serling presents his final report to Hershberg. Walden's young daughter receives the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. Serling tells the truth to the Boylars about the manner of their son's death and says he cannot ask for forgiveness; the Boylars tell Serling he must grant him their forgiveness. In the last moments, Serling has a flashback of when he was standing by Boylar's destroyed tank and a medevac Huey was lifting off with his friend's body. Serling realises Walden was the Huey pilot. Denzel Washington as Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Serling Meg Ryan as Captain Karen Emma Walden Lou Diamond Phillips as Staff Sergeant John Monfriez Matt Damon as Specialist Andrew Ilario Bronson Pinchot as Bruno, a White House aide Seth Gilliam as Sergeant Steven Altameyer Regina Taylor as Meredith Serling Michael Moriarty as Brigadier General Hershberg Željko Ivanek as Captain Ben Banacek Scott Glenn as Tony Gartner, a Washington Post reporter Tim Guinee as Warrant Officer One A. Rady Tim Ransom as Captain Boylar Sean Astin as Sergeant Patella Ned Vaughn as First Lieutenant Chelli Sean Patrick Thomas as Sergeant Thompson Manny Perez as Jenkins Ken Jenkins as Joel Walden Kathleen Widdoes as Geraldine Walden Christina Stojanovich as Anne Marie Walden Tom Schanley as Questioner Korey Coleman as Cereal Commander David McSwain as Sergeant Egan The U.
S. Department of Defense withdrew its cooperation for the film so the tanks Serling commanded early in the film were British Centurions shipped from Australia with sheet metal added to make them resemble M1A1 Abrams; these visually modified tanks were subsequently used to simulate the Abrams in several other motion pictures. ROTC Cadets from Texas A&M University were used as extras in the background in some of the training camp scenes; the film draws reference to Walden and her crew assisting the crew of a downed Black Hawk helicopter. However, the scene shows the wrecked fuselage of a Huey; this is due to the Department of Defense withdrawing its cooperation. There were no owned Black Hawk fuselages available to acquire for the film; the parts of the script making reference to the Black Hawk had been shot, so rather than change the whole film to adapt it to a Huey, the producers left it as Black Hawk and used a wrecked fuselage of a Huey for the desert shots in the hope not many viewers would notice the discrepancy.
The Iraqi battle scenes were filmed at the Indian Cliffs Ranch just outside Texas. Many of the props became a tourist attraction; the White House Rose Garden set was destroyed twice: once by a tornado, once by a sandstorm. In order to lose 40 pounds for the scenes, Matt Damon went on a strict regimen of food deprivation and physical training. On Inside the Actors Studio, Damon said that the regimen consisted of six and a half miles of running in the morning and again at night, a diet of chicken breast, egg whites, one plain baked potato per day, a large amount of coffee and cigarettes, his health was a
Little Richard (film)
Little Richard is a 2000 biographical NBC television film written by Bill Kerby and Daniel Taplitz and directed by Robert Townsend. Based on the 1984 book, Quasar of Rock: The Life and Times of Little Richard, it chronicles the rise of American musical icon Little Richard from his poor upbringing in Macon, Georgia to achieving superstardom as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music and his conflicts between his religion and secular lifestyle, which leads to an early retirement following a 1957 tour of Australia, a comeback to secular performing during a concert in London in 1962; the cast includes Leon as Little Richard Penniman, Jenifer Lewis as Richard's mother Leva Mae, or as she's listed in the movie credits, Muh Penniman, Carl Lumbly as Richard's stern father, Charles "Bud" Penniman, Tamala Jones as Richard's girlfriend Lucille, Garrett Morris as Richard's preacher Carl Rainey and Mel Jackson as legendary producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. For his role as Penniman, Leon earned nominations for Best Actor in the Black Reel Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.
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Dr. Dolittle (1998 film)
Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American fantasy comedy film directed by Betty Thomas, written by Larry Levin and Nat Mauldin, starring Eddie Murphy in the titular role; the film was inspired by the series of children's stories of the same name by Hugh Lofting, but used no material from any of the novels. The first novel had been filmed in 1967 as a musical under the same title, a closer adaptation of the book; the earlier film still remains as a cult classic. Despite its PG-13 rating, it was marketed as a family film; the 1998 film was a box office success, despite mixed reviews from critics. The film's success generated four sequels; as a boy, John Dolittle displays an ability to talk to and understand animals, starting with his pet dog. His dog tells him that dogs sniffing each other's butts is how they greet each other, he does it when meeting his new principal, his behavior disturbs his father Archer, who hires a local minister to perform an exorcism on his son, but after John's dog attacks him, Archer sends her away to the dog pound.
Upset by this ordeal, John forgets he can talk to animals. As an adult, John is living in San Francisco, he is married to his wife Lisa, has two daughters, typical teenager Charisse, nerdy Maya, who has a pet guinea pig named Rodney, what she thinks is a swan egg, which she hopes will bond with her upon hatching. A large medical company owned by Mr. Calloway seeks to buy John's practice, a deal which his colleagues Mark Weller and Gene Reiss are enthusiastic about. John's family goes on vacation, but he must return to work to see a patient, pick up Rodney, he angrily shouts at him in English. The next day, Rodney starts talking to John, who has no memory of his gift, thinks he is having a mental breakdown. John has a CT scan after animals start asking for favors when he helps a wounded owl, he unwittingly adopts the dog he ran over naming him Lucky. John starts secretly helping various animals, including a suicidal circus tiger named Jake, who feels great cerebral pain. Through all this, John begins learning to re-appreciate his gift, at one point confiding to both Lucky and Mark that he has never felt excited about his work in years.
However and Mark catch him performing CPR on a rat, have him sectioned in a mental hospital. Believing his gift is a hindrance, John rejects all abnormality in his life and returns to work, but in doing so, ostracizes Maya as well, who comes to believe he doesn’t like her. Maya admits to Archer. John has a change of heart. John admits to Maya that he does like her for who she is, encourages her to continue being what she wants to be. John apologizes to Lucky, together, they steal Jake from the circus to perform surgery on him. Mark and Gene catch John; when Jake is exposed to the party for the buyout, John calmly goes on with the operation. Archer reveals to Lisa that John's gift is real, encouraging her to venture into the operating theatre and keep Jake calm whilst her husband and Gene remove the cause of Jake’s pain, saving Jake's life. Calloway is impressed with John's talent. John becomes both a veterinarian, embracing his ability to talk to animals. In the film's final scenes, Maya's egg hatches, but is revealed to be a baby alligator, John and Lucky are shown walking to the circus and talking with each other.
Eddie Murphy as Dr. John Dolittle Raymond Matthew Mason as 3-year-old John Dari Gerard Smith as 5-year-old John Ossie Davis as Grandpa Archer Dolittle Oliver Platt as Dr. Mark Weller Peter Boyle as Mr. Calloway Kristen Wilson as Lisa Dolittle Kyla Pratt as Maya Dolittle Raven-Symoné as Charisse Dolittle Jeffrey Tambor as Dr. Fish Richard Schiff as Dr. Gene "Geno" Reiss Paul Giamatti as Blaine Hammersmith Don Calfa as Patient at Hammersmith Pruitt Taylor Vince as Patient at Hammersmith The soundtrack was released on June 16, 1998 through Atlantic Records and consisted of a blend of hip hop and contemporary R&B; the soundtrack was a huge success, peaking at 4 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and was certified 2× Multi-Platinum on October 20, 1998. Allmusic rated the soundtrack four stars out of five; the soundtrack's lone charting single, "Are You That Somebody?" by Aaliyah found success, making it to 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards.
"That's Why I Lie" – 4:51 "Let's Ride" – 4:53 "Are You That Somebody?" – 4:27 "Same Ol' G" – 4:21 "Lady Marmalade" – 4:03 "Da Funk" – 4:29 "Do Little Things" – 5:09 "Your Dress" – 3:59 "Woof Woof" – 4:11 "Rock Steady" – 3:05 "In Your World" – 4:50 "Lovin' You So" – 3:35 "Dance" – 3:38 "Push'Em Up" – 3:46 "Ain't Nothin' but a Party" – 3:57 On its opening weekend, Dr. Dolittle earned $29,014,324 across 2,777 theaters in the United States and Canada