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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Teevee (as Dodo Denney)
Ursula Reit ...
Diana Sowle ...
Aubrey Woods ...
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


Enter a world of pure imagination. See more »


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Release Date:

30 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,126,226, 2 February 1971, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sammy Davis, Jr. had wanted to play Bill the candy shop owner, but the producers declined because they didn't want someone too famous for the role. See more »


When Mrs. Teevee is being covered in foam on the ride, we hear her cry out, "It's even in my shoes! It'll never come out!" but her mouth is clearly not speaking the words. 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 »


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I Want It Now!
Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Julie Dawn Cole
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User Reviews

Pure Goodness!
10 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Anyone could love this film and I don't see how you couldn't fall in love with Willy Wonka. This is without a doubt one of the most charming movies of all time that is still to this day one of the most enjoyed movies for a family night. Despite it's dark little messages, it still made light of everything and made this movie "satisfying and delicious".

You'll see a world of pure imagination and will absolutely fall for Willy Wonka. Gene Wilder is a comedic genius who will forever be the timeless Willy Wonka. He played it so well and made it look so easy. All the kids were amazing as well, I mean the boy who played Charlie was so adorable and you felt so awful for him. You just wished for his deepest wishes to come true. The sets are also just fantastic and so yummy to look at. On of my favorite scenes was with the "inventing room", all the amazing gizzmo's. I also loved how we took a peek into Wonka's madness when he throws a shoe into a boiling water pot and says "It gives it a little kick". One of my favorite lines of all time is "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker".

The film is not only great to look at but it has terrific and catchy songs that will be stuck in your head and find yourself humming down the street. This is going to be a timeless classic that I can't wait to show my future children.


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