Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G   |    |  Family, Fantasy, Musical

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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.


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22 June 2005 | OriginalMovieBuff21
| A classic
"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it." Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is one of the best children films of all-time. The characters, you all have to adore, even if their annoying or not. The film is about a boy who finds a golden ticket in a Willy Wonka chocolate bar and heads off to see the Willy Wonka factory with his grandpa and other people. Gene Wilder was great as Willy Wonka and his performance was quite funny and actually kind of weird. The kids were all great especially Augustus Gloop, he was hilarious. Overall, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is a classic and should be viewed by everyone.

Hedeen's Oulook: 9/10 ***+ A-

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During the "Pure Imagination" song, Willy Wonka whips his cane around here and there to stop the crowd in place during various points of the song. At around fifty-three minutes in the DVD commentary, Paris Themmen, who played Mike Teevee, stated that during one of the takes, as Gene Wilder whipped his cane around, he accidentally whacked Themmen. In her memoir "I Want it Now!", Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, mentioned that she was also accidentally whacked by the cane a couple of times.


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!
Bill: Wonka's got a new one today.
Children: What is it?
Bill: This is called a Scrumpdiddlyumptious Bar.


At the end of the Wonkamobile ride, Charlie asks "Hey Grandpa, what was that we just went through?" to which Willy Wonka supposedly answers "Hsaw aknow." This is supposed to be "Wonka wash" spelled backwards, but he actually says "Hsaw akanow", which would be "Wonaka wash" spelled backwards.

Crazy Credits

At the same time as the end credits are playing, the film shows the Wonkavator rising higher and higher.

Alternate Versions

The 1971 German version was cut down to 89 minutes, deleting the complete boat scene from the entering of the tunnel till the arriving and several other scenes, that might not be suitable for younger viewers (it was rated age 6) . There it now a complete version available, with the reentered scenes subtitled.


Wondrous Boat Ride
Lyrics and Music by
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Gene Wilder


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Family | Fantasy | Musical


Release Date:

30 June 1971


English, French, German, Italian

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Stadtwerke München, Emmy-Noether-Straße 2, Munich, Germany

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$526,633 4 September 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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