Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Director: Mel Stuart, Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

Cast: Mel Stuart, Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

     
 

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Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charley and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden

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Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charley and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charley Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Jack Albertson). In the course of the tour, Willy Wonka punishes the four nastier children in various diabolical methods one kid is inflated and covered with blueberry dye, another ends up as a principal ingredient of the chocolate, and so on because these kids have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory. In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left. Ostensibly set in England, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was lensed in Germany (as revealed by the film's final overhead shot).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
How sweet it is! This beloved 1971 family classic returns in scrumpdiddlyumptious 30th anniversary editions to delight a new generation. Wilder stars as the mysterious and elusive Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), who throws the world into a candy-buying tizzy when he sponsors a contest with a very special grand prize: a tour of his fantastic factory. Five children win, and four of them -- Veruca Salt, Augustus, Violet, and Mike -- are a ghastly bunch; spoiled, greedy, ill-mannered, and brain-dead from watching too much TV. Awaiting them are "little surprises around every corner" that translate to just desserts. It is up to the Oompaloompas (the little people who work at Wonka's factory) to reinforce in song the life lessons these children need to hear. Only impoverished Charlie, accompanied by his grandfather (Jack Albertson), appreciates Wonka's world of pure imagination. Adapted by Roald Dahl from his own book, Willy Wonka survives the leap from page to screen with its fantastic characters and dark humor intact. Like The Wizard of Oz, this is a rare film that will transport viewers to a place where, in Wonka's words, "what you see will defy explanation." Both the VHS and DVD editions include an all-new documentary, "Pure Imagination," featuring interviews with Wilder. The DVD adds such treats as audio commentary by the now-grown Wonka kids, the original theatrical featurette about the making of the film, and sing-along Wonka songs. All right everybody, "Who can take the sunrise/Sprinkle it with dew..."?
All Movie Guide
As dark and sweet as the titular confection, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) overcame a lackluster theatrical release to become an adored black comedy/musical and family classic. Scripted by Roald Dahl from his children's book (with an uncredited rewrite by David Seltzer), director Mel Stuart and set designer Harper Goff rendered the adventure a psychedelically colored trip through a candy factory that was equal parts children's paradise and creepy funhouse. Even as Gene Wilder's mysterious, purple-clad candy man Wonka extols the whimsical possibilities of "pure imagination," the orange-faced Oompa Loompas tunefully back up Wonka's message about the evils of parent-enabled gluttony, greed, and TV sloth. Though Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was greeted with audience indifference in 1971, Leslie Briscusse, Anthony Newley, and Walter Scharf's song score earned an Oscar nomination, and Sammy Davis Jr.'s version of "Candy Man" became a 1972 chart-topper. Given new life by TV and home video, legions of music makers and dreamers of the dreams have since succumbed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory's wicked charms, leading to a 25th anniversary theatrical re-release in 1996. Lucia Bozzola
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
As dark and sweet as the titular confection, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) overcame a lackluster theatrical release to become an adored black comedy/musical and family classic. Scripted by Roald Dahl from his children's book (with an uncredited rewrite by David Seltzer), director Mel Stuart and set designer Harper Goff rendered the adventure a psychedelically colored trip through a candy factory that was equal parts children's paradise and creepy funhouse. Even as Gene Wilder's mysterious, purple-clad candy man Wonka extols the whimsical possibilities of "pure imagination," the orange-faced Oompa Loompas tunefully back up Wonka's message about the evils of parent-enabled gluttony, greed, and TV sloth. Though Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was greeted with audience indifference in 1971, Leslie Briscusse, Anthony Newley, and Walter Scharf's song score earned an Oscar nomination, and Sammy Davis Jr.'s version of "Candy Man" became a 1972 chart-topper. Given new life by TV and home video, legions of music makers and dreamers of the dreams have since succumbed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory's wicked charms, leading to a 25th anniversary theatrical re-release in 1996.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
UPC:
0085391115205
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Format:
HD

Special Features

Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; Mouth-watering commentary with the Wonka kids; 4 sing-along songs; Vintage featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Willy Wonka
Jack Albertson Grandpa Joe
Peter Ostrum Charlie
Roy Kinnear Mr. Salt
Julie Dawn Cole Veruca Salt
Aubrey Woods Bill
Werner J. Heyking Jopeck
Michael Bollner Augustus Gloop
Leonard Stone Mr. Beauregarde
David Battley Mr. Turkentine
Peter Capell The Tinker
Dodo Denney Mrs. Teevee
Günter Meisner Otto Slugworth
Denise Nickerson Violet Beauregarde
Ursula Reit Mrs. Gloop
Diana Sowle Mrs. Bucket
Paris Themmen Mike Teevee

Technical Credits
Mel Stuart Director
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer,Songwriter
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Roald Dahl Screenwriter
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
Wolfgang Glattes Asst. Director
Harper Goff Art Director
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
Howard Jeffrey Choreography
Stan Margulies Producer
Anthony Newley Score Composer,Songwriter
Jack Roe Asst. Director
David Saxon Editor
Walter Scharf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ille Sievers Costumes/Costume Designer
Raimund Stangle Makeup
David L. Wolper Producer

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Willy Wonka. Willy is a man of mystery. He turned his chocolate factory into his own private world. A manifestation of who he was. He was a genius and, as is usually the case, there's little difference between genius and madness. One room in his world is an indoor park with a massive waterfall. Every tree, every flower, every mushroom, everything in the park was candy. The waterfall was constantly flowing liquid chocolate. The fall was constantly mixing and churning the chocolate. The fall was simultaneously a beautiful sight and a massive mixing unit. Willy Wonka had created a type of gum that would be a 3 course meal, both in flavor and value. Potentially a massive break through in food and nutrition, but side effect in the desert was a problem. The blue berry pie turned a person into a Human Blue Berry. Willy Wonka raised Golden Geese. The birds laid massive Golden Eggs. The machines that cared for the geese also judged the quality of the eggs, and anything else. Wanka had also created something close to a teleporter. The machine could digitize anything and then recreate it on a screen. The catch was that it was miniatured when it reappeared. Wonka had also created Ever Lasting God Stoppers. Candy that theoretically would last forever. No matter how long they were sucked on, they'd never get any smaller. All those were used to test an assortment of children, each of which Willy Wanka had been considering as an heir to his factory. In the end Woka chose Charlie Bucket as his successor. The ending has Willy, Charlie and Charlie's Grandfather flying over the city in a golden vehicle. Never tire of this movie. It beautiful, magical, and Wonderful.
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This widescreen edition is excellent. It's a fun story. Gene Wilder is wonderful. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie over and over and never get tired of it...I clearly recall the first time I saw this film 30 years ago as a child of 10. Now , as a grown man of 40, I find this film is just a fun as ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only visually appealing, mouth-watering, witty and entertaining but also a strong message for kids not to be ''brats'' and be good, kind boys and girls like Charlie. Oompah Loompahs are movie Icons and everyone can sing the song! Great for kids and adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a cute and fun movie with some very catchy songs and I love the beautiful vibrant colors! Yes, the ferry boat scene is a bit creepy but it only lasts a couple of minutes and doesn't make this a bad movie at all! If you are worried that the ferry boat scene may scare your children you can fast foward or skip that scene!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is a classic, I can't get enough of it. It's great for a moive night with the family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie and can't wait for the remake with Jonny depp to come out in july... 'CHewing gum is really gross, Chewing gum i hate the most' haha Love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie captures much of the excitement that you feel as a child eating candy. But, the movie is much more than a musical set in a chocolate factory, it's possible one of the greatest dark-comedies to ever grace the silver screen. The way it is presented and the dialogue makes not only enjoyable and funny, but thought provoking and melancholy at the same time. Gene Wilder as the chocolatier is your guide through this land of adventure, lessons, self-exploration, and ultimately wonder. The essence of the dark comedic value of this film is laid in the scene in tunnel aboard the Wonkatania. This scene is a variable kalidascope of spliced scenes of insects, beheadings of chickens, and all manner of destruction and chaos and the added soliliquoy of Wilder is nearly as un-nerving as the images themselves. The childrens choices are themselves minature "life lessons" in the priciples of karma and not being overwhelmed by the greed of the world. Wonka's mission is to find a child that is unique and gifted in their nature and that they are able to resist tempations. In a final thought, this film is meant to be enjoyed by all ages from young to old, but it also contains a very dark undertheme that is nearly as important as the comedic value of the film itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is delightful. There is one very small scene when they are in the boat that is kind of scary for kids(which only last seconds), but the movie has a great message for all of us, SHARING. Buy the movie, I guarantee you and your children will love it. The entire cast does a excellent job.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is, to me, the definitive film version of Roald Dahl's classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Its psychedelic colors and musical numbers capture the playful quirkiness of the book, while Slugworth's menacingly abrupt appearances and the children's willful, selfish behavior underscore the film with just the right tone of darkness. Gene Wilder is wonderful as Willy Wonka, hitting a pitch-perfect note of childlike fascination and shrewd businessman. And the chocolate factory seems so real that every time I watch it, I can't help but wish I were there touring it with all the golden ticket winners.
LT48 More than 1 year ago
It is a good fun movie for those of us that grew up during the 70's. Gene Wilder is quirky as Willy Wonka and reflects a time when bells and whistles weren't the seller of the movie. It just is entertainment which movies are supposed to do, entertain.
JRZYGRL75 More than 1 year ago
This take on the Roald Dahl novel is more fun than the recent remake.

The visuals of the chocolate factory are wonderous but can be disturbing. The songs are fun and carry the plot along. Especially the songs of the Oompa-Loompas, which describe the lessons that the watcher should be learning from the naughty children.

Gene Wilder is amazing and will always be the only Willy Wonka for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such a great movie for everyone at any age. Gene Wilder is a fantastic actor and does a wonderful job with his character. Personally i don't recommend Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp, although a great actor, the character Willy Wonka and the whole sense of the movie is lost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
probably one of the most crazy a$$ movies i've ever seen. i mean who can include fat german boys, orange skinned green haired midgets and oversized insects in the same movie? GENIOUS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willy Wonka is a childhood favorite for many. With Warner's decision to only include the full screen version of the movie on DVD, I have to express my outrage. This movie cries for the original widescreen aspect ratio! I, for one, cannot purchase this DVD as it is presented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A film that combines childhood dreams and visual pleasure...a masterpiece
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best kids movie made ever! Saw the original in the theater and watch it every year, the ''Pure Imagination'' is excellent! Yummy movie! Wilder is perfect as Won
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the movie there is sly humor and funny songs. It made me dream of being trapped in a fun house like the chocolate factory.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few titles I can think of that still capture my heart as they did when I was young. This one still pulls at my heartstrings and as an added bonus, my 3 year old son absolutely enjoys it as well. It is somewhat of a bonding experience when we watch it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this movie every since I was a kid, I don't like the newer version. But his one is my very favorite and I had to have it on CD for so that my little grandaughter could watch it. Everyone needs to watch this movie at least once in a lifetime.