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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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28 December 2000 | movie_dude719
One of my all time favorites...
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: ****

"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" is a wonderful movie that should be viewed by everyone. It is one of my personal favorites.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is about a poor boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum). His life is horrible. But one day, he hears the news that Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) is sending out five golden tickets and then letting the winners go into his factory. The first four winners are Augustus Gloop (Michael Bollner), Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole), Violet Beauregarde (Denise Nickerson), and Mike Teevee (Paris Themmen). Charlie then wins the fifth golden ticket by luck.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is visually stunning and cleverly written. The songs are remarkable. The whole movie is a fun journey through the chocolate factory. It is very enjoyable, fun, and clever. The scenery and props are eye candy.

The most underrated character in the movie is Mr. Turkentine. He is only in three scenes, but everytime he is on screen he is hilarious. I love the quote: "I've just decided to switch our Friday schedule to Monday, which means that the test we take each Friday on what we learned during the week will now take place on Monday before we've learned it. But since today is Tuesday, it doesn't matter in the slightest." He is very, very funny.

Julie Dawn Cole plays Veruca so well. She is so bratty and she is one of those characters that you hate so much you love them. Roy Kinnear (who will be missed) is hysterical as her father. The whole movie is funny in it's own odd and strange way. It is a classic that will be treasured for many years to come.

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Did You Know?


When Mr. Turkentine, Charlie's teacher, asks Charlie out of one thousand Wonka bars, how many did he open, and Charlie said, "only two". Mr. Turkentine tells Charlie he can't figure out the percentage of two out of one thousand Wonka bars. Two out of one thousand is 0.2%.


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.


According to the golden ticket the tour of the factory is 1st October. Judging the clothes Charlie and everyone else wears it is implied the factory and Charlie's home is in the northern hemisphere meaning it is autumn but most of the trees still have green leaves. This is only possible in the Southern Hemisphere where it is spring that time of year.

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In the 70's, a short, truncated print was made available for schools, etc. It skips over the entire first half, only showing scenes in the factory (except portions of the scene where everyone waits for the gates to open). It cuts out everything following the "Fizzy Lifting Drinks" scene, and the only two scenes even near their complete versions are the Fizzy Lifting Drinks and the Inventing Room-the lickable wallpaper is cut altogether, only the first half of the Chocolate Room is shown (ending when "Pure Imagination" ends-ommitting Agustus's exit from the film), the parts with the giant contract, and the room with only one door are gone. The scene where Charlie and Grandpa look at the sign for "Hair Cream" is intact, but the boat scene that went before it is gone (meaning a confusing cut from the Chocolate Room to the area outside the inventing room). The scenes with everyone waiting for Wonka to come to the gates are severely shortened-all dialogue is gone. In fact, it makes it appear as if people randomly walked into the factory, rather than a selected group, as is made obvious in the full film. To keep continuity, one scene is shown out of order. The last scene in this version is the final reprise of "Pure Imagination" (beginning with wonka singing "If you want to view paradise...." on the tree), and is shown right after the Fizzy Lifting Drinks scene. It would lead the viewer to believe that the group went back to the chocolate room after the Fizzy lifting drinks room. This version ran appriximately 20 minutes.


I Want It Now!
Lyrics and Music by
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Julie Dawn Cole


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Family | Fantasy | Musical

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