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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G  |   |  Family, Fantasy, Musical  |  30 June 1971 (USA)
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A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Teevee (as Dodo Denney)
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Aubrey Woods ...
David Battley ...
Günter Meisner ...
Mr. Slugworth (as Gunter Meisner)


The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Charlie is let loose in the chocolate factory and every kid's dream comes true. See more »


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Release Date:

30 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Willy Wonka y la fábrica de chocolate  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Lane was considered for the role of Willy Wonka. See more »


When everyone is in the hallway outside the nerve center (at around 1 min), they are all crouched down; when Wonka opens the door (to the Chocolate Room) they are all standing up straight with 6 feet of room on top of them (at around 4 mins). The room and hallway are full of other such optical illusions, so this is clearly an intentional artistic effect. See more »


[first lines]
Bill, candy store owner: All right, all right, all right, what's it going to be? A Triple Cream Cup for Christopher. A Sizzler for June Marie. And listen!
[the children fall silent]
Bill, candy store owner: Wonka's got a new one today.
Children: What is it?
Bill, candy store owner: This is called a Scrumpdiddlyumptious Bar.
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Crazy Credits

At the same time as the end credits are playing, the film shows the Wonkavator rising higher and higher. See more »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


The Candy Man
Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Aubrey Woods
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9 June 1999 | by (The Poppy Field, OZ 69666) – See all my reviews

When I was a kid, my mom made me sit through this a trillion and one times. It's one of her favorites. I liked it well enough back then, but it's only now that I'm older that I can appreciate the true sinister glory of this movie. It's so deliciously creepy! For those who have to whine about how messed up it is, consider the original "Cinderella." Now that was awful. Willy Wonka is the stranger with a bag of chocolate that parents are always warning their kids about, but what he's really offering is a seductive nightmare in a kaleidescope of candy colors, a cautionary tale told with fairy story whimsy. I got it when I was 5, but the thrill didn't register. "A dirty trick on innocent children?" Some people out there obviously don't remember what it's really like to be a kid. Childhood is full of booby traps and the allure of the forbidden, and that which is evil frequently looks divine. "Willy Wonka" is about giving in and seeing the horrors and delights, the choices and pratfalls on the other side. It's disturbing because it strikes a certain primal chord: freedom and danger are entwined, and people have never wanted to associate children with either.

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