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

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 16 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 16 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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 35 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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24 of 28 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Black_Rod on 21 Aug 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having grown up with "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory" via Jackanory and the marvellous Quentin Blake illustrations it was a bit of a shock when this first film was shown on British TV in the late 70s.

Alas there is no regular Jackanory so my children have only the book to read themselves or a choice of the Johnny Depp or Gene Wilder interpretations.

My children have watched both films on DVD several times and this is their favourite of the two treatments.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By hippo on 28 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
Both the book and the movie are fantastic but there are differences naturally, even so, i think that the film stays close to the book fairly well making this movie simply fantastic.
No matter how many times it appears on T.V i'll always watch it. The songs are great (both from normal people and ompalumpas!), the scenery from Munich is beautiful and the actual chocolate factory brings to life the fantastic places and adventures that the book contains.
The actual character of Willie Wonka, is a great one anyway but to get Gene Wilder to play the part was a stroke of genius. Some argue that Wilder overdoes it and is a bit too crazy but Wilder has simply brought his own personal style to the role.
The children are as horrible as Dahl intended, ranging from Mike Teevee, the tele addict to spoilt brat Veruka Salt. To balance this we have the great Charlie who is still wholesome even in the face of extreme poverty.
All the family will love this DVD, the very fact that it is still a hit today, shows that it is a true classic!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MR D C CORCORAN on 3 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
A Warner Bros. family entertainment film. Get your golden ticket and join Charlie Bucket and his rivals in this classic Roald Dhal story. This merry movie is charming and has a colourful mix of song, humour and life lessons. Charlie Bucket wins a tour of the secret chocolate factroy where charlie discovers that a kind heart is a finer possession than a sweet tooth.
Don't let the tour leave without you!
This is child and adult fantasy. A classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pit on 1 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
I loved this film when I was little and now I enjoy it with my children. A really wonderful, moral tale. If you haven't seen it before, go and get it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By camum on 30 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
This film has been enjoyed by our whole family over Christmas...our 7 year old enjoyed remembering having the story read to her and how the film was different (in a good way!) our 3 year old enjoyed the songs and the brilliant colours!!
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1 of 1 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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