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Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Jack Albertson). In the course of the tour, Willy Wonka punishes the four nastier children in various diabolical methods -- one kid is inflated and covered with blueberry dye, another ends up as a principal ingredient of the chocolate, and so on -- because these kids have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory. In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left. Ostensibly set in England, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was lensed in Germany (as revealed by the film's final overhead shot).~Hal Erickson
Scrumptious documentary Pure Imagination: The Story of Wily Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Mouthwatering commentary with the Wonka kids
4 sing-along songs
Vintage 1971 featurette
Gene WilderWilly Wonka
Jack AlbertsonGrandpa Joe
Roy KinnearMr. Salt
Julie Dawn ColeVeruca Salt
Michael BollnerAugustus Gloop
Leonard StoneMr. Beauregarde
Günter MeisnerOtto Slugworth
Diana SowleMrs. Bucket
David BattleyMr. Turkentine
Peter CapellThe Tinker
Dodo DenneyMrs. Teevee
Denise NickersonViolet Beauregarde
Ursula ReitMrs. Gloop
Paris ThemmenMike Teevee
Werner J. HeykingJopeck
David L. WolperProducer
Roald DahlBook Author
Anthony NewleyComposer (Music Score)
Leslie BricusseComposer (Music Score)
Walter ScharfComposer (Music Score)
Walter ScharfMusical Direction/Supervision
Harper GoffArt Director
Helen ColvigCostume Designer
Ille SieversCostume Designer
Logan R. FrazeeSpecial Effects
Jack RoeFirst Assistant Director
Wolfgang GlattesFirst Assistant Director
Childrens and Family,Concerts Operas and Musicals
Coming-of-Age,Family-Oriented Adventure,Musical Fantasy
I like Johnny Dep and all, but the remake just doesn't do this classic justice. You have to watch the original.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
I love the movie
One of my favorite movies growing up. I had to purchase it. Gene W. was comical and seem to be a know it all.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Huge fan of Willy Wonka
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
I'm a huge fan when it comes to Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. Gene Wilder is the man who actually makes this movie. You also have a pretty good co-star and Eddie Albertson. I'm not sure if this is set in Germany or if it's set or actually where it's at. The original book was called Charlie and the chocolate factory. But they changed it when they made the movie to Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. Then they made the remake call Charlie and the chocolate factory at it stunk so bad. Gene Wilder will always be the Candyman ( aka Willy Wonka) in my book. I was a kid when this movie came out. Yet it's a classy that will never grow old. It's a chocolate lover's fantasy just to see a candy factory the way they portrayed it in this movie. It's a must own for all ages.
This is a great movie for the whole family. Charlie exemplifies the best in a young boy. He cares for his family and when confronted with a tough decision, he is honest. Lots of fun parts and Gene Wilder is excellent.
It is your Golden Ticket to a fun evening.
Best version by far vs the spooky Johnny Deep version.
This Classic 1971 film still touches a soft spot in my nostalgia and satiates the desire to feel like a kid again. Presented in an incredible high definition package, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory sure helps to showcase the mouth watering imagery of chocolate in all it's rich glory. Although not an EXACT adaptation of Roald Dahl's book of the same name, you cannot top the spell binding performance of Gene Wilder in one of his career defining roles!
Great classic movie to watch on a rainy weekend. You will likely appreciate it now even if you weren't a big fan seeing it years ago. Also fun to watch some of the Willy Wonka "You Lose" remixes on You Tube when you are in the mood for a laugh.