Monday, December 2, 2013

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

1971 American Feature

Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson, Dodo Denney, Paris Themmen, Ursula Reit, Michael Bollner, Diana Sowle and Aubrey Woods
Director: Mel Stuart
Writer: Roald Dahl and David Seltzer (uncredited), based on the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Songs: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka ignites a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his magical, top secret confectionary.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 89% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Music: Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor - Musical/Comedy (Wilder).

  • Roald Dahl's children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in 1964. The book's sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, was published in 1972. Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.
  • Casting Call: Fred Astaire, Jim Backus, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joel Grey, Mark Lester, Spike Milligan, Ron Moody, Jon Pertwee, Peter Sellers, Jean Stapleton, Kenneth Williams and all six members of Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin).
  • First and only film appearance of Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie.
  • Roald Dahl disowned the film, the script of which was rewritten by David Seltzer after Dahl failed to meet deadlines. Dahl said he was "disappointed" because "he thought it placed too much emphasis on Willy Wonka and not enough on Charlie" and "infuriated" by the deviations in the plot Seltzer devised in his draft of the screenplay.
  • In the sequence where Willy Wonka introduces his visitors to his latest invention, lickable wallpaper, he says: "Lick an orange. It tastes like an orange. The strawberries taste like strawberries! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!" In Roald Dahl's 1979 adult novel My Uncle Oswald, the author revealed what a snozzberry was: the human penis.
  • Although it received positive reviews upon its initial release, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was a box office disappointment. Nevertheless, it developed into a cult film in subsequent years due to its repeated television airings and home video sales.
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was ranked #25 on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of "The Top 50 Cult Movies".
  • Remade in 2005 as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
  • In 2014, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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