Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971

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Young Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) wins one of the coveted 'Golden Tickets' from a Wonka Bar that allows its holder to take a trip around the eccentric Willy Wonka's (Gene Wilder) Chocolate Factory. Charlie and the rest of the winners find themselves in a magical world of chocolate rivers, Oompa Loompas, everlasting gobstoppers, lickable wall-paper, golden egg-laying geese and chilling tales to warn children not to misbehave. Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay from his own book.

Starring:
Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear, Jack Albertson
Director Mel Stuart
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 9 May 2005
Main languages English
Dubbing Dutch, French
Subtitles Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, German, Dutch, French, Bulgarian, English
Hearing impaired subtitles Italian, English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear, Jack Albertson
Director Mel Stuart
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 2 November 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2001
Format: DVD
This was one of my favourite films as a child and now, many years later, is a favourite of my own small children. The colour, imagery, songs and wicked humour stay in the mind long after watching. The moral content (if you are very rude/greedy/selfish etc.., you get your comeuppence in the end) is as relevant today as it's ever been. Even though the ending differs slightly from Roald Dahl's book - Charlie is not as faultless in the film, but redeems himself with his honesty - the story is as enjoyable and heartwarming as they get.
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By The Wolf on 16 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
This is one of my favourite musicals, from the opening song "The Candy Man." how ever, it really takes off when the Golden Ticket competition is announced. Highlights are Tim Brooke Taylor telling a computer exactly what it could do with a life time supply of chocolates, a psychiatrist asking his patient where he dreamed the ticket was, her Majesty bidding at an auction and the woman; when told that the kidnappers will kill her husband if they don't get her box of Wonka Bars says "How long will they give me to think it over" Obviously none of the other winners are as deserving as little Charlie Bucket. One of the most; slighting disturbing quote of the film is when Mike Teevee is asked if he likes the killing, and he answers "What do you think life is all about?" The two scenes featuring the teacher are hilarious, especially when after Charlie tells him how many chocolate bars he opened he says "Well, I can't figure out just two!" Then we get to the Chocolate Factory where the fun really begins. One scene I don't appreciate, is the one in which when Charlie and Grandpa Joe are heading towards the fan, they keep burping to get down, which is slightly unpleasant. Gene Wilder delivers two of the best, thought provoking lines in the entire film "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams," and then as Charlie proves he is worthy of the grand prize, he (Wonka) says "So shines a good deed in a weary world" One thing that is peculiar, is that in the opening scene, where the candy man gives a bunch of kids free rein of his shop, when Charlie buys a chocolate bar, the candy man clears his throat and holds out his hands for Charlie to give him the cash. Gene Wilder was fantastic as the titular character, especially in the scene where Verucca Salt throws a tantrum - how he managed to keep a stony face was fantastic. I know a lot of people prefer the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with Mr Depp, but for me he never came close to Mr Wilder. Fantastic Fun
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Format: DVD
We had a chocolate factory near to where I lived when I was growing up. My father got a job there which lasted for two days. He was in charge of placing a small chocolate rabbit at the end of a candy bar. Father was fired after he got into a heated row with a co-worker and pushed him into a vat of chocolate, effectively ruining a day's worth of stock. I don't know why father accepted a job there because he loathes chocolate and is allergic to rabbits.

The film version is of course loosely based on the book. I do believe the film version is set in Russia though. We are introduced to the sinister Willy Wonka (Gene Hackman) who lives alone in his factory. Wonka has a thick Russian accent and wears white tights and a rouge hat, skipping wherever he goes.

When several children win tickets to his factory, Wonka arranges to have them eliminated in most hideous ways when they misbehave on his factory tour. One child is sprayed with dark chocolate and then frozen with liquid nitrogen before being mixed with double cream and served with a lemon sorbet to the other children. I found this utterly unbelievable, as we all know that most children hate sorbet.

There are several pleasurable music numbers, including a five minute solo from Wonka as he gaily plays a chocolate flute. I would recommend the film, my DVD came with what looked like a chocolate button inside, but I have not had the courage to eat it yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. P. Jackson on 8 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Bought this for my six years old granddaughter as they had been to a local chocolate factory on a school project, it delighted her as much as it did her mum 30 years ago. This is a film that will never grow old.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 9 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of the all time classic children's' films ever made and even after some 30 years since its original release, this version remains as fresh, as bright, as delightful and as exciting as ever.
It's the classic tale of the poor little boy who makes good when deprived Charlie Bucket finds one of only 5 golden tickets hidden inside bars of famous Wonka chocolate. The tickets give the winner entry for the day into the fabulous and top secret Wonka chocolate factory and to meet the even more famous inventor Willy Wonka. Charlie joins the other 4 finders of the golden tickets, a motley crew of horrible children of varying bad habits, for his wonderful day out in WonkaLand.
What I really like about the film is the trip around the factory is just a real visual delight around every corner with its madcap inventions, chocolate river, crazy machinery and absurd take on everyday life.
The other thing I really think the film does well is that it has an almost sinister side to it. Willy Wonka himself is not the friendly old uncle he seems at times, at moments he turns on the children and positively scares them to death. The Oompa Lumpas are also not the cuddly cute little men they first seem and I'm sure they have induced many a childhood nightmare. I think this element is good as it stops the film becomes to sickly sweet and keeps the action on edge.
I think the final word can be that I remember this film delighting me as a child and when my own children watched it recently they too were totally taken into the story and watched entraced for the duration.
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