Caracticus Potts Quotes in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)


Caracticus Potts Quotes:

  • Caracticus Potts: How was India?

    Grandpa: India? I'll tell you something. I got up this morning and I shot an elephant in my pajamas.

    Caracticus PottsGrandpaJemimaJeremy: How he ever got in my pajamas, I shall never know.

    Grandpa: You've heard it before.

    [they all laugh]

  • Caracticus Potts: Well, maybe my children like running wild in the street. Did that ever occur to you?

  • Caracticus Potts: Confounded woman! Who does she think she is? Coming in here and telling me how to raise my children! Do I need somebody to tell me how to raise my children? Do I? Hm? No, of course not. Of course not! Hm-hm. Where's my, uh, cardigan?

    Jemima: Under your jacket.

    Caracticus Potts: Under... Yes. Self-righteous busy body. Well, she won't be bothering us again.

    Jemima: But I liked her.

    Jeremy: So did I. She was very pretty.

    Caracticus Potts: She certainly was. Do you think... Do you think your, uh, father's a... crackpot?

    Jeremy: Your cardigan's inside out.

    Caracticus Potts: Mm? Oh. Do you think I'm a lunatic, wasting my time on a lot of silly inventions?

    Jemima: But they aren't silly! They're wonderful!

    Jeremy: Nobody else can think of them.

    Caracticus Potts: That's right! That is right! Nobody else can think of them.

  • Caracticus Potts: Truly! Heh, I'm sorry about the children. I hope they didn't embarrass you.

    Truly Scrumptious: In what way?

    Caracticus Potts: Why, that silly joke about us getting married. Well, you know what kids are like.

    Truly Scrumptious: Oh, yes. I understand.

    Caracticus Potts: I mean, I don't think they realize how ridiculous that would be.

    Truly Scrumptious: Ridiculous?

    Caracticus Potts: Well, yes. I mean, you live in that big house and... your father and the factory and all. It's... it's a different world, Truly.

    Truly Scrumptious: You know, if I said something like that, you'd... you'd call me a snob.

    Caracticus Potts: Well, look, I-I didn't mean...

    Truly Scrumptious: Goodbye!

  • Jemima: He's awful!

    Jeremy: He's terrible!

    Caracticus Potts: Not only that, he isn't even nice.

  • Truly Scrumptious: Wh-what are you going to do?

    Caracticus Potts: I'm going to carry you.

    Truly Scrumptious: Oh... oh, dear. Must you?

    Caracticus Potts: Well, unless you'd rather ride piggyback.

  • Truly Scrumptious: [referring to helping the children] It's a beautiful dream Caractacus, but... I don't see how it's gonna help them.

    [Truly looks at the children around them and Caractacus stands up]

    Caracticus Potts: [confident] Do you know what we're gonna do? We're gonna get up into that castle!

    Toymaker: [incredulous] It is impossible!

    Caracticus Potts: [confident] Well, we'll see.

    [Caractacus runs up to a large water channel and looks at the children watching]

    Caracticus Potts: [loud and clear] Now, everybody listen to me! You wanna get out of here, don't you?

    [the children cheer and Caractacus moves behind the water channel]

    Caracticus Potts: [loud and clear] Tomorrow is Baron Bomburst's birthday, yes?

    [the children boo with their thumbs down]

    Caracticus Potts: [proud and confident] Well, we're gonna give him a birthday party he'll never forget!

    [the children cheer and gather around as Caractacus makes the plan]

  • Caracticus Potts: You'll find a slight squeeze on the hooter an excellent safety precaution, Miss Scrumptious.

  • Truly Scrumptious: Well! I've never been...

    Caracticus Potts: Spoken to that way before? Well, maybe it's about time!

  • Truly Scrumptious: [after Potts kisses her] Well, Mr. Potts!

    Caracticus Potts: What's the matter?

    Truly Scrumptious: Now you'll HAVE to marry me!

    [they laugh as they head for the car]

  • Caracticus Potts: And so, after that, Vulgaria became a free country, and all the children laughed and played in the sunshine, and they were very, very happy. And Chitty flew high over the mountains back to England, everybody safe and sound, and...

    Jemima: And Daddy and Truly were married.

    Jeremy: And lived happily ever after.

    Jemima: Yes!

    Truly Scrumptious: Is that how this story ends?

    Caracticus Potts: [pauses] It's getting late. We better get back.

    [Caractacus gets out to restart the car]

  • Caracticus Potts: Do you think Coggins might do a deal, so much a week?

    Grandpa: Coggins? What, him down the road? Sure. He's so mean he wouldn't light your pipe if his house was on fire.

  • Peter: Sir, have you come to help us?

    [Catactacus walks over to him]

    Peter: Are you going to take us out of here?

    [Catactacus kneels in front of him]

    Caracticus Potts: What's your name, son?

    Peter: Peter, sir.

    Caracticus Potts: [kindly] Well, Peter, you shouldn't be afraid.

    [Truly, the Toymaker and the children listen with interest]

    Caracticus Potts: [kindly] Even in a terrible place like this, because there's always hope. That's what I always tell my children when they're... afraid.

  • Truly Scrumptious: Don't you know where we're going?

    Caracticus Potts: No, I don't but... Chitty does. I think we're in pretty good hands.

  • Caracticus Potts: What are they staring at?

    Truly Scrumptious: I don't know. It seems to be the children.

    Caracticus Potts: Well, what's the matter with them? Haven't they seen children before?

    Truly Scrumptious: Haven't you noticed? There AREN'T any children. Not one.

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