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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.



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Violet Beauregarde (as Annasophia Robb)


When Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, he decides to release five golden tickets in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem. The tickets start to be found, with the fifth going to a very special boy, called Charlie Bucket. With his Grandpa, Charlie joins the rest of the children to experience the most amazing factory ever. But not everything goes to plan within the factory. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Factory Opens July 2005. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for quirky situations, action and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The IMAX Experience  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,178,450 (USA) (15 July 2005)


$206,456,431 (USA) (2 December 2005)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter John August had never even seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), when asked by director Tim Burton to write the script. After finishing the screenplay, he finally watched the 1971 version, only to be surprised at how much darker the "family" film was compared to his own. See more »


In the "flag room", many of the flags appear to be mirrored or upside-down, but that's because they are flying in the opposite direction of the staff than we are used to. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: This is a story of an ordinary little boy named Charlie Bucket. He was not faster, or stronger, or more clever than other children. His family was not rich or powerful or well-connected; in fact, they barely had enough to eat. Charlie Bucket was the luckiest boy in the entire world. He just didn't know it yet.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures logos appear to be made of gold and come out from behind white fog. See more »


Referenced in The Office: Golden Ticket (2009) See more »


(Bayside Boys Mix)
Written by Antonio Romero, Rafael Ruiz, Carlos De Yarza (as Carlos Alberto de Yarza), and Mike Triay
Performed by Los del Río
Courtesy of SONY BMG Music Spain S.A.
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Burton Studied the Book's Original Illustrations
18 July 2005 | by (Long Island, USA) – See all my reviews

If Tim Burton's out there I just want to thank him for bringing the spirit of the book's original illustrations to the screen. He even matched the facial expressions to the drawings, especially in the case of Charlie's family. Charlie himself looks like one of the drawings, and the Bucket house is so much like the illustrations it caused me to realize that Burton is as visual as any movie director can be. (Recent editions feature the work of a different illustrator. I'm talking about the illustrations from the 1960s. The difference between the older illustrations and the newer ones is the older ones feature a lot of cross-hatching. I imagine the older illustrations are still available, especially in a hardcover, but you'll need to search the net.) I don't know how he did it, but he got the facial expressions of Charlie's family and of Mike Teavea's father down perfectly. He also absorbed Dahl's sense of humor. The opening fifteen minutes or so, in which the winners of the golden tickets are announced one by one, really get Roald Dahl's sense of the ridiculous. I think Burton's addition of Wonka's childhood story fits well, although I'll agree that the way this is resolved is not completely in Dahl's spirit. Even in the resolution, however, Burton maintains sly humor. It is well-acted by everybody. I'd like to say that Julia Winter, who plays Veruca Salt, has turned in a truly well-observed comedic performance. Depp converts the novel's jaunty, precise Wonka into a quirky one, but it works well, because, as in the novel, Wonka's endearing traits contrast with the fact that he's a tyrant. Roald Dahl gets a rap for his cynicism, and this movie softens his message a bit. Dahl is a bit like Orwell. Both of them point out that man, given power, will exploit his fellow human beings. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY the movie is not quite as dark as the book. But it comes very, very close.

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