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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory|Gene Wilder
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson
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Overview

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."

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
Mel Stuart - Director
Gene Wilder
Jack Albertson
Peter Ostrum
Roy Kinnear
Julie Dawn Cole
Leonard Stone
Denise Nickerson
Dodo Denney
Paris Themmen
Ursula Reit

    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 100
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929153978
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2001

Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
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.

Reviews:
"...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