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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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

  • Release date:January 1, 1971

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scharf Best Adaptation and Original Song Score 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Newley Best Adaptation and Original Song Score 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Bricusse Best Adaptation and Original Song Score 1971 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gene Wilder Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1971 Nominee

Cast

Gene Wilder
as Willy Wonka
Jack Albertson
as Grandpa Joe
Peter Ostrum
as Charlie
Roy Kinnear
as Mr. Salt
Aubrey Woods
as Bill
Michael Bollner
as Augustus Gloop
Günter Meisner
as Otto Slugworth
Diana Sowle
as Mrs. Bucket
David Battley
as Mr. Turkentine
Peter Capell
as The Tinker
Dodo Denney
as Mrs. Teevee
Denise Nickerson
as Violet Beauregarde
Ursula Reit
as Mrs. Gloop
Paris Themmen
as Mike Teevee
Ursula Reit
as Mrs. Gloop
Paris Themmen
as Mike Teevee
Dodo Denney
as Mrs. Teevee
Diana Sowle
as Mrs. Bucket
Denise Nickerson
as Violet Beauregarde
Peter Capell
as The Tinker
Günter Meisner
as Otto Slugworth
David Battley
as Mr. Turkentine

Crew

Mel Stuart
Director
David L. Wolper
Producer
Stan Margulies
Producer
Roald Dahl
Screenwriter
Roald Dahl
Book Author
Arthur Ibbetson
Cinematographer
Anthony Newley
Songwriter
Anthony Newley
Composer (Music Score)
Leslie Bricusse
Songwriter
Leslie Bricusse
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Scharf
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Scharf
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Saxon
Editor
Harper Goff
Art Director
Ille Sievers
Costume Designer
Helen Colvig
Costume Designer
Wolfgang Glattes
First Assistant Director
Jack Roe
First Assistant Director
Howard Jeffrey
Choreography
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