A wry and amusing musical about a world famous candymaker who hides five golden tickets in candy bars for five lucky children. Young, good-natured Charlie (Peter Ostrum) wins one of the tickets hidden amongst thousands of Wonka chocolate bars. What have Charlie and the other four kids won? A tour through Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, led by the loveable, eccentric, but often mean-spirited Wonka (Gene Wilder) himself. The factory itself is like a fantasy world: crazy color schemes, wild inventions, secret rooms, busy oompa-loompas, and lots and lots of delectable sweets. But Wonka has a hidden agenda, and during the tour he tests each child's character and honesty. Based on Roald Dahl's children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Stan Margulies - Film Producer
Walter Scharf - American Composer
David L. Wolper - American Producer/Executive
Michael Bollner - Actor\"Willy Wonka"
Roald Dahl - English author
David Seltzer - American Screenwriter/Director
Gene Wilder - Actor/Director/Writer
Jerry Silberman - Actor/Director/Writer
Gerald Silberman - Actor/Director/Writer
Denise Nickerson - Actress/"Willy Wonka"
Jack Albertson - Oscar-winning actor, THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES. CHICO AND THE MA
Ursula Reit - Actress\"Willy Wonka"
Julie Dawn Cole - American Actress
Harper Goff - Art Director
Mel Stuart - American TV/Film Director
Peter Ostrum - Child Actor/"Willy Wonka"
Leonard Stone - Actor - Willy Wonka
Ille Sievers - Costume Designer, WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
Young, good-natured Charlie wins one of five golden tickets hidden amongst thousands of Wonka chocolate bars. What have Charlie and the other four kids won? A tour through Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, led by the eccentric but often mean-spirited Wonka himself. The factory itself is like a fantasy world: crazy color schemes, wild inventions, secret rooms, busy elves, and lots and lots of delectable sweets. But Wonka has a hidden agenda, and during the tour he tests each child's character and honesty. When it is clear that Charlie is the most trustworthy, kind-hearted and dependable kid, Wonka awards him with a gift that is every child's dream.
Produced in partnership with Quaker Oats. Released theatrically in the USA June 30, 1971. Film debut for young Peter Ostrum, who plays Charlie. The actor later left the movie business for a career as a veterinarian in New York. The laserdisc version features the original and 1996 re-issue theatrical trailers; it also includes a musical score without vocals (on a separate audio channel) for families to sing-along. Songs include "Candy Man," "Oompa-Loompa Doopody Doo" and "Pure Imagination." Rereleased theatrically, for its 25th anniversary, in Chicago on July 19, 1996. Filmed on location in Munich, Germany.
"...For every dulcet song, there's an unsettling side, uttered with a wide-eyed manic energy..." - 08/24/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.61
"[The] psychedelic factory tour is a sugary version of Dante's inferno." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.65