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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [1971] (1 disc)

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Director:Mel Stuart
Writer:David Seltzer
Composer:Jack K. Tillar
Walter Scharf
Songs:Anthony Newley
Leslie Bricusse
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:89%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Classifications:
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Family
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Synopsis: The reclusive Wonka decides to invite five children to tour his fantastical factory.


Reaction: Enjoyable, though it takes too long to actually get to the factory, and there are too many songs.


Personal Rating: 6/10

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Mel Stuart => Director
David Seltzer => Writer
Jack K. Tillar => Composer
Walter Scharf => Composer
Anthony Newley => Songs
Leslie Bricusse => Songs
Roald Dahl => Book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Albert Wilkinson => Oompa Loompa
Angelo Muscat => Oompa Loompa
David Battley => Mr. Turkentine
Denise Nickerson => Violet Beauregarde
Diana Sowle => Mrs. Bucket
Dora Altmann => Grandma Georgina
Ernst Ziegler => Grandpa George
Franziska Liebing => Grandma Josephine
Gene Wilder => Willy Wonka
George Claydon => Oompa Loompa
Günter Meisner => Mr. Slugworth (as Gunter Meisner)
Ismed Hassan => Oompa Loompa
Jack Albertson => Grandpa Joe
Julie Dawn Cole => Veruca Salt
Kurt Großkurth => Mr. Gloop
Leonard Stone => Mr. Beauregarde
Malcolm Dixon => Oompa Loompa
Marcus Powell => Oompa Loompa
Michael Bollner => Augustus Gloop
Nora Denney => Mrs. Teevee (as Dodo Denney)
Norman McGlen => Oompa Loompa
Paris Themmen => Mike Teevee
Pepe Poupee => Oompa Loompa
Peter Capell => The Tinker
Peter Ostrum => Charlie Bucket
Roy Kinnear => Mr. Salt
Rudy Borgstaller => Oompa Loompa
Rusty Goffe => Oompa Loompa
Ursula Reit => Mrs. Gloop

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • After reading the script, Gene Wilder said he would make the film under one condition: that he would be allowed to do a somersault in the scene when he first meets the children. When asked why, Wilder replied that having Willy Wonka start out limping and end up somersaulting would set the tone for that character. He wanted to portray him as someone whose actions were completely unpredictable. His request to do the somersault was granted.
  • The song Wonka sings on the boat ride ("There's no earthly way of knowing... ") are the only song lyrics taken directly from Roald Dahl's book. All other songs were written specifically for the film.
  • Jean Stapleton was the first choice to play Mrs. TeeVee (Mike's mother) but turned down the part in favor of doing a TV series pilot instead. That series was, of course, [All in the Family].
  • The lines to the song "Sweet lovers love the spring time... " are from William Shakespeare's play As You Like It.
  • Willy Wonka's line, "The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last" is a quote from [?] Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest.
  • The quote "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" is from a poem entitled {Reflections on Ice Breaking} by [?] Ogden Nash.
  • The quote, "We are the music-makers... " is from [?] Arthur O'Shaughnessy's {Ode}, which also gave us the phrase "movers and shakers." The quotes "Where is fancy bred... " and "So shines a good deed... " are William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
  • As the group is about to enter the "nerve center" of the factory, Wonka plays a "musical combination" on the door. Mrs. TeeVee says "Rachmaninoff," but the score is really from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.
  • Among Wonka's lines are the following quotations, "Is it my soul that calls me by my name?" from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; "All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by" from the [?] John Masefield poem {Sea Fever}; "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" from [?] John Keats's {Endymion: A Poetic Romance}; and "Round the world and home again, that's the sailor's way!" from [?] William Allingham's {Homeward Bound}.