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

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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:

It's Scrumdiddlyumptious! See more »


Certificate:

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Children's literature authors are notoriously hostile to Hollywood and it's attempts to adapt their stories. Roald Dahl (though he reportedly often appeared on the set before the movie's premier, according to people like Julie Dawn Cole ) hated this movie; and was very vocal about his distaste with the press. A year before this Norton Juster, the author of the similarly themed Phantom Tollbooth, was also very critical and hostile towards the Chuck Jones/MGM joint film production of his story which came out in 1970 and starred Butch Patrick. And 2 years after Chocolate Factory's premiere EB White trashed the 1973 Hannah Barbera version of his classic Charlotte's Web, calling it a "travesty.". And CS Lewis was so worried about a bad live action movie version of his Chronicles of Narnia coming out that he wrote a letter to the BBC forbidding them to do a film version of his stories. PL Travers also hated Mary Poppins in addition to all this. The irony is all these movies did come out; most of them were box office hits; all of them were warmly greeted by the critical community; and all of them are regarded as classic children's films by the public. In fact these movies have ironically only solidified these books' classic status in the cannon of children's literature. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of 'Cheer Up, Charlie' Mrs. Bucket's lips aren't moving with the music (at 22:44, but there is no synchronization issue on the widescreen version). 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

In some TV versions, Veruca Salt's mother is edited out of the sequence in which Veruca "finds" her golden ticket. In the version shown on the Fox Family Channel network, the entire boat scene is deleted, as well as the auction scene, the wonka bar ransom scene, and the scene with the lickable wallpaper. See more »


Soundtracks

Wondrous Boat Ride
(uncredited)
Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Gene Wilder
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Pure Goodness!
10 January 2004 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee 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.

10/10


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Country:

USA | UK

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:

$526,633, 4 September 2016

Gross USA:

$526,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$527,081
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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