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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director:

Mel Stuart

Writers:

Roald Dahl (screenplay), Roald Dahl (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Willy Wonka
Jack Albertson ... Grandpa Joe
Peter Ostrum ... Charlie
Roy Kinnear ... Mr. Salt
Julie Dawn Cole ... Veruca Salt
Leonard Stone ... Mr. Beauregarde
Denise Nickerson ... Violet Beauregarde
Nora Denney ... Mrs. Teevee (as Dodo Denney)
Paris Themmen ... Mike Teevee
Ursula Reit Ursula Reit ... Mrs. Gloop
Michael Bollner ... Augustus Gloop
Diana Sowle ... Mrs. Bucket
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Bill
David Battley ... Mr. Turkentine
Günter Meisner ... Mr. Slugworth (as Gunter Meisner)
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

Your golden ticket to imagination and adventure! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Language:

English | French | German | Italian

Release Date:

30 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Pictures Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Ostrum went through puberty during the film. This is evident as voice is high during the duet of "I've Got a Golden Ticket", and is much deeper later in the film, such as during the bubble scene. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: 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: Wonka's got a new one today.
Children: What is it?
Bill: 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 »

Alternate Versions

The HD-DVD/Blu-ray transfer uses the full exposed film width (including the space on the left where the soundtrack would go) for most of the runtime, even though the framing was composed for the smaller width. As a result, most of the movie is off-center now. For sections where this extra width was not used, such as the opening sequence and some Oompa Loompa songs, the (smaller) image is shifted over and windowboxed. The Warner Brothers home video department seems to have no plans to correct this. See more »

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Soundtracks

Wondrous Boat Ride
(uncredited)
Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Gene Wilder
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So shines a good deed in a weary world.
10 December 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The world goes on chocolate overdrive when it's announced that famed candy maker, Willy Wonka, has put five golden tickets in his Wonka Bars. The lucky recipients of these tickets will be treated to a day out in the top secret Wonka factory, where they can see how the sweets are made, and if they are even luckier, they will get a lifetimes supply of free chocolate. Nobody wants a golden ticket more than Charlie Bucket, from a desperately poor family, Charlie has learned to accept his heritage with a grace and credibility not befitting most other children. So when a miracle upon miracles happens, and Charlie finds a golden ticket, it just may prove to be a turning point far beyond his wildest dreams.

They say that true love lasts a lifetime, so shall it be the case with Willy Wonka and myself. As a child I was captivated by the colours, the dream of myself being able to visit a magical place where sweets and chocolate roll off the production line purely for my ingestion. Songs that I memorised back in my youth have never left me, and now as a considerably middle aged adult male, I can still embrace, and feel the magic, whilst enjoying the darkly knowing aspects of this fabulous and wondrous black comedy.

Roald Dahl was quite a writer of note, and thankfully the makers here have brought his astute morality tale to vivid cinematic life. Director Mel Stuart, aided by his screenwriter David Seltzer, even manage to add to Dahl's wonderful story courtesy of a sinister outsider, who apparently in the guise of a rival corporation, will pay handsomely for a Wonka top secret, morality, greed and power all coming together in one big chocolate explosion. The greatest gift that Willy Wonka gives, tho, is that of the set designs and art direction, where in an almost hypnotically drug induced colourful world, Wonka's factory is a child's dream come true, however, peril is at every turn as life's lessons dolled out courtesy of the scarily cute Oompa Loompas.

Songs are provided by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricuse, with the sumptuous art coming from Harper Goff. Gene Wilder takes the lead role of Willy Wonka, magnetic and bordering on clued in madness, Wilder takes his rightful place in the pantheon of memorable performances performed in fantasy pictures. But ultimately it's the story and the way it appeals to every age group that makes Willy Wonka a prize treasure, the kids love it, while the adults watching with them will be wryly nodding and trying to suppress the onset of a devilish grin.

Pure magic is Willy Wonka, see it now in High Definition TV to fully realise the dream/nightmare on offer, oh oh I love it so. 10/10


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