Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

picture of Rodolphe Lindt
Directed by
Mel Stuart

Writing credits:
Roald Dahl (book)
David Seltzer (screenplay)

"It's everybody's non-pollutionary, anti-institutionary, pro-confectionery factory of fun!"
In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.

Cast overview, first billed only:
  • Gene Wilder .... Willy Wonka
  • Jack Albertson .... Grandpa Joe
  • Peter Ostrum .... Charlie Bucket
  • Roy Kinnear .... Mr. Henry Salt
  • Julie Dawn Cole .... Veruca Salt
  • Leonard Stone .... Mr. Sam Beauregarde
  • Denise Nickerson .... Violet Beauregarde
  • Nora Denney .... Mrs. Teevee (as Dodo Denney)
  • Paris Themmen .... Mike Teevee
  • Ursula Reit .... Mrs. Gloop
  • Michael Bollner .... Augustus Gloop
  • Diana Sowle .... Mrs. Bucket
  • Aubrey Woods .... Bill, candy store owner
  • David Battley .... Mr. Turkentine
  • Günter Meisner .... Arthur Slugworth
Runtime: 100 min
Country: USA
Language: English / French / German
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification: Argentina:Atp / Australia:G / Brazil:Livre / Canada:G / Chile:TE / Finland:S / France:U / Sweden:Btl / UK:U / USA:G

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
[the 1964 book for children written by Roald Dahl (1916-1990)]

"For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public – well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can't help but buy two Wonka's Whipple–Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights – even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper! The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can't compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate."

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