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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."
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CastAubrey Woods, Roy Kinnear, Jack Albertson, G√ľnter Meisner, Gene Wilder, David Battley, Peter Capell, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Michael Bollner, Paris Themmen, Werner J. Heyking, Dodo Denney, Denise Nickerson, Ursula Reit, Diana Sowle
DirectorMel Stuart
Genre:  Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Musical, Sci-Fi
Release Date:  1971, June 30, 1971
MPAA Rating:  G
Screen WriterRoald Dahl
DVD Release Date:  June 21, 2005
Runtime:  1hr 38min
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . July 15, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
First of all, I will not try to compare the Gene Wilder version with the book. Never read the book, so have no preconceived notitions. I was eight when the movie first came out, and actually went to see it. Don't remember too much about the experience, except the film seemed ENDLESS and boring.    About eight years ago, we rented it for our then 9 year old son. Didn't make it to the end...boring.    Saw it again last night on DVD. Lovely transfer, decent sound, …
review by . August 28, 2001
A dark look at the greed of children and a turn for the underdog, Willy Wonka was THE movie of my childhood years. It's got it all - the single mom, forced to care for her son and her aging, bed-ridden parents; the child who dreams of the impossible exit from poverty; the obnoxious brats who are one-by-one undone by virtue of their fatal character flaws; the triumphant rise of good over bad. While starting out a dreary film of life in the projects, the movie magically comes to live in full technicolor …
review by . July 26, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Gene Wilder is one of my favorite comedians. It seems to take so little effort to make us all laugh at his antics. He plays an excellent Wonka that has a walking cain even more deadlier than the Riddler's. At my age (a near firm 19) I get eye brows when I say I, yes, *Love* Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have worn out several copies, and borrowed and rented it endlessly....so yes...I have a problem. But here is where the good news comes in. DVD. It's here! Join the wanka-visioned, wanka-tania, …
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