Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Critics Consensus: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is strange yet comforting, full of narrative detours that don't always work but express the film's uniqueness.
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Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Jack Albertson). In the course of the tour, Willy Wonka punishes the four nastier children in various diabolical methods -- one kid is inflated and covered with blueberry dye, another ends up as a principal ingredient of the chocolate, and so on -- because these kids have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory. In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left. Ostensibly set in England, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was lensed in Germany (as revealed by the film's final overhead shot). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
as Willy Wonka
as Grandpa Joe
as Charlie Bucket
as Mr. Salt
as Veruca Salt
as Augustus Gloop
as Violet Beauregarde
as Mrs. Gloop
as Mr. Beauregarde
as Mike Teevee
as Mrs. Teevee
as Mrs. Bucket
as Mr. Turkentine
as Mr. Slugworth
as Grandpa George
as Grandma Georgina
as Grandma Josephine
as Mr. Slugworth
as Mrs. Teevee
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Critic Reviews for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
With a single gleam of his eye, Wilder pulls off more hints at a devious personality than all Johnny Depp's white make up, and bad wigs combined.
It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit...
A polarizing, but classic piece of children's entertainment filled with whimsy, horror, comedy and imagination.
When the movie does actually reach the factory, and Gene Wilder takes the stage, the movie is saved.
... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.
Starring Gene Wilder, this offbeat comedy-fantasy for children has achieved a status in pop culture
This is Gene Wilder's legacy. He was perfect for the role, and it was his mixture of childlike wonder and bitter, deserved vengeance that made the character so compelling.
The passages in the mysterious factory, which should be Charlie's and our release from the oppression of the earlier scenes, are just as ugly as everything that's come before, so there's no contrast.
It's all wonderfully colorful and imaginative, and filled with a multitude of references and jokes that will be understood only by adults.
...filled with good humor, good acting, and good songs...and it's just off kilter enough to keep everyone's attention.
Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner.
Ainda que um ou outro número musical comprometa o ritmo, o clima de fantasia e a atuação calorosa de Wilder conquistam o espectador.
Aspires to the whimsy and fantasy of The Wizard of Oz but doesn't really capture the magic… more a fond tribute to 'pure imagination' than a triumph of it.
Probably Gene Wilder's finest, most manic hour.
Weird and wonderful
Just a frolicking Wonka visionary schnozberry flavored delight!
It has a huge following, though I've never understood why.
Audience Reviews for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. As is the case with the author's children's books, there is a sinister element that is most subversive. It is a recurring theme in his works and this adaptation is no different. The movie was filmed in Munich and this gives the town a puzzling hard-to-place feel before anyone even sets foot in the factory. Five lucky kids get the opportunity to tour Will Wonka's wondrous plant but the experience isn't quite what they were anticipating. The bright colorful production design stirs the imagination with possibilities. There's a chocolate river, giant edible mushrooms, lickable wallpaper, a Wonkamobile that shoots soap. It's all rather enchanting. Only the Fizzy Lifting Drinks sequence is snooze. When the picture was released in 1971 it was a box office disappointment. Despite garnering positive reviews it only earned a mere $4 million in 1971. Over the years, however, the film achieved the status as a cult film and is now widely accepted as an outright classic. It's easy to see why. I love this film.
Classic fantasy film based on Roald Dahl's book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a standout film with some truly engaging performances, amusing musical numbers and impressive visuals. Gene Wilder is great in the lead role, and the film has the perfect balance of dialogue and musical numbers to make it a truly engaging experience. This is an eccentric fantasy film, one that should be seen by anyone that enjoys a bizarre, story. For fans of the book, they should check this out, and with that being said, I think that Gene Wilder was the perfect choice to play Willy Wonka, and he delivers one of his strongest performances of his career. This is a well crafted picture with some memorable moments that is sure to entertaining you from start to finish. This is a classic film that is constantly entertaining, and boasts a truly unique story. If you want a fantasy film that can capture your imagination, then this is the one to watch. The film has strong performances from everyone involved, and is a fun film to be enjoyed by anyone that loves this genre. Gene Wilder, like I said steals the show and he makes this film a truly memorable picture. Roald Dahl disowned the script that he wrote, but I think that it's still a strong picture, one that makes you want to read the book. The film boasts a strong sense of visuals, which are impressive for its time, and it also adds so much to the film's atmosphere. If you want a standout fantasy picture, then this is a perfect film to watch. The amount of musical numbers is fairly minimal, and it's a good thing because it permits to focus a lot on the story as well. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a cinematic classic, and one that is near perfect.More
Roald Dahl's story about candymaker's contest ("free chocolate for the rest of your life!") and subsequent factory tour is little more than slight morality tale, but is told like part reality show, part psychedelic hallucination. Wilder's personal sinister charm is the spoonful of sugar, and the songs are not too bad either.More
A true classic. With highly iconic songs such as 'Oompa Loompa' and iconic events like the nighmare tunnel that are still remembered today. Because of these, there is almost no reason to forget this film. Like Peter Sellers with 'Dr Strangelove', like Anthony Hopkins for 'Silence of the Lambs', Gene Wilder was destined for the role of Willy Wonka. As a result, Wilder gave something truely special for all viewers. The 2005 remake has nothing that tops this classic. Its a shame that some prefer the 2005 remake and instantly say this is poor, without even seeing it. I guess it's those who are missing out on a real treat.More
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Quotes
- Willy Wonka:
- Welcome my friends, welcome to my chocolate factory.
- Mr. Beauregarde:
- You're turning violet, Violet!
- Violet Beauregarde:
- What are you talking about?
- Grandpa Joe:
- If Slugworth wants a gobstopper, he can have one!
- Willy Wonka:
- There, see. Completely unharmed.
- Mrs. Teevee:
- You call that unharmed?
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