Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Year Of Release: 1971
Running Time: 100 Minutes
DVD Released By: Warner Brothers
Directed By: Mel Stuart
Writing Credits: Roald Dahl (Book), David Seltzer (re-writer)
Filming Locations: Bavaria Filmstudios, Geiselgasteig, Grünwald, Bavaria, Germany (studio) - Bavaria, Germany - Munich, Bavaria, Germany - Nördlingen, Bavaria, Germany (flying pod scenes at the end)

Starring: Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka), Jack Albertson (Grandpa Joe), Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Roy Kinnear (Mr. Henry Salt), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Leonard Stone (Mr. Sam Beauregarde), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde), Nora Denney (Mrs. Teevee (as Dodo Denney), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee), Ursula Reit (Mrs. Gloop), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), Diana Sowle (Mrs. Bucket), Aubrey Woods (Bill, candy store owner), David Battley (Mr. Turkentine), Günter Meisner (Mr. Slugworth)

Tagline 1: It's everybody's non-pollutionary, anti-institutionary, pro-confectionery factory of fun!

Tagline 2:
It's Scrumdiddlyumptious!

Tagline 3: Your golden ticket to imagination and adventure!

Tagline 4: Charlie is let loose in the chocolate factory and every kid's dream comes true.

Tagline 5: Enter a world of pure imagination.

Alternate Titles:
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Interesting Bits of Trivia:
Peter Ostrum was offered a three picture deal after his big screen debut in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, but turned it down after deciding that a movie career wasn't what he really wanted to do with his life. Today, Peter Ostrum is working as a dairy veterinarian. Of all the kids that appeared in this film, Paris Themmen and Julie Dawn Cole are the only two that are still acting. Peter Ostrum went through puberty during the film. His voice is high during the duet of "I've Got A Golden Ticket", and is much deeper later in the film, such as during the bubble scene. Roald Dahl was so angry about the re-write David Seltzer did of his book to turn it into movie form that he refused them permission to make a second movie based on the book's sequel entitled Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

Rogue Reviewers Round Table Review: June 2005
Review Topic: "Movies Under the Bed" (Movies that gave us nightmares.)

Cast of Characters

Willy Wonka: This is the role Gene Wilder was born to play. He does a phenomenally great job of playing legendary candy maker Willy Wonka, bringing a sense of mystery and madness and fun to the role. Willy's got a problem. He'd like to retire someday, but he doesn't have anyone to hand the chocolate factory over to. What's an eccentric candy maker to do?!? He sends out five chocolate bars with golden tickets. The finders of the tickets will be given a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Unbeknownst to them, it was all just a test to see if he could find a child honest and honorable enough to be worthy of the gift he would bestow upon them. I'm not going to make a joke in this one. It was just such a great character, I can't bring myself to goof on him at all.

Charlie Bucket: He's a pretty good actor, but it looks like he could use a good hairstylist. Get a load of that early 70's do! Anyway, Charlie is a poor little boy who's honest and loving and would share his last bit of food with everyone in his family. Basically, he's the only nice kid in this picture, and his only dream is to find a golden ticket so he and his Grandpa Joe can take the tour of the mysterious chocolate factory and win the lifetime supply of chocolate. His dreams aren't so big, but his heart sure is.

Grandpa Joe: Holy crap this guy is annoying. Ever had one of those people that just irritated you for no reason? Well that's how I feel about him. Anyway, this is Grandpa Joe. He's been bed ridden along with Charlie's grandma, and his other two grandparents all in the same bed for the last twenty years. By my calculations, assuming he's say...75 years old now, that means he's been laying in bed for no apparent reason since he was 55 years old. Now I've seen lazy people in my time, but sheesh! Anyway, he loves Charlie and manages to pull his lazy can out of bed long enough to go on the tour of the chocolate factory with him. Wasn't that nice of him? Now get back to work ya lazy bum!

Slugworth: This guy was supposed to be Wonka's arch rival, Slugworth. He went around to each of the kids before the tour and offered them a buttload of money if they could get him one of Wonka's new everlasting gobstoppers so that he could analyze the formula. What the kids didn't know is that this guy is actually named Wilkinson, not Slugworth, and he works for Wonka. He was used by Wonka to test the kids' honesty, and only Charlie managed to pass the test...like that was any kind of a shock. He really didn't have much of a part in this movie, but I wanted to throw him in here because not only was this a cool character shot, but he's got a way gnarly scar on his face. Just the scar alone was worth the price of admission.
Mr. Henry Salt: This guy's kind of a jerk, but I feel sorry for him anyway. He's Veruca's father, and probably one of the most henpecked and dominated guys I've ever seen. Between Veruca and his wife, I'm surprised this guy hasn't committed suicide yet. I know I sure as hell would have. I added him in here because of all the parents, his character had a bit more substance to it, and besides, I feel sorry for the poor bugger seeing as how his daughter and his wife pretty much emptied his sack and took away his manhood. The problem is, he's rich. He owns this big nut factory, and because he's rich, his precious little daughter gets everything she wants. It's his own fault really for giving in all the time. Actually, now that I think about it... I don't feel sorry for this bald headed schmuck at all.
Veruca Salt: This is the spoiled brat daughter of Henry Salt. She made her father put every single worker in his factory to work shelling Wonka bars instead of nuts like they were supposed to be doing, just because she HAD to have a golden ticket. Well she got one all right. She also got dumped down a bad egg chute, which she totally deserved. If she was my kid, she'd have a hand shaped dent in the back of her head that would, oddly enough, be just about the same size and shape as my hand.
Violet Beauregarde: This kid is the gum chewer. In fact, she had been chewing the piece she had in this movie for over three months. She also has this nasty, albeit hilarious habit of picking her nose with her pinky finger. Maybe she should just stick her gum to the end of a pencil and then shove that up there and swirl it around a bit. That should grab any nasty little bogies that are floating around up there.
Mike TeeVee: This is the TV kid. He spends all his time watching TV and his mom doesn't even make him come to the table or anything. She just brings his food right to him in front of the television. He's not a super bad kid like Veruca was, but he's highly strung and incredibly obnoxious. Add that to the fact that he talks like he's got marbles in his mouth and you got one annoying kid! His part of the tour ended when he transported himself via Wonkavision and ended up about four inches tall. Fortunately, a quick trip to the taffy pulling room should stretch him right back out to his old obnoxious self in no time.
Augustus Gloop: I kinda felt sorry for this kid. He was the first one to go and he really didn't have much of a part in this movie at all other than being a glutton. He met his demise on the tour when he started chuggin' down chocolate out of Wonka's chocolate lake and fell in like a big doofy klutz. He then gets sucked up this big tube, gets stuck, and then shoots out like a bullet when the pressure builds up in the pipe. I'm still wondering if the pressure came from below or if he just got a bad case of the farts from guzzling all that chocolate.
Oompa Loompas: These are the little beeotches that gave me nightmares when I was a kid. They're the whole reason I chose this movie for this review. I don't know why they creeped me out so much as a kid. I think it was the songs they would sing and how they would be all weird and stuff. Anyway, the Oompa Loompas are this race of red -skinned, green-haired little people that Wonka rescued from their homeland where they were constantly attacked and eaten by predators. He brought them to his factory where they could live in peace and be happy. You know what I think though. I think if you take off that stupid lookin' green hair of theirs, you'll find a nice little pair of horns. Because I'm tellin' ya, them little biznitches are evil! Evil I tell you!!!

Screen Shots

"Jeez, I can't believe that when I grow up I'm gonna probably end up having to marry one of these dorks! And with my luck, after eating all this candy they'll probably all end up all fat and toothless. Oh well, maybe if I keep my hair cut like this they'll all keep thinkin' I'm a boy and leave me alone."

"I told you not to take all that Viagra and Ex-Lax before you came to bed. Now just look at your nightshirt! It'll take the kids days to get those stains out!"

"So tell me about these nightmares you keep having."

"Well doctor, there's these things. They're all small...like midgets, and they have reddish skin and this stiff looking green hair that looks like some kind of a bizarre wig or something. They also have these really creepy white eyebrows and they walk around singing this stupid song over and over again that I can't quite make out. They take these kids and do all sorts of nasty things to them in this big candy factory run by some crazy guy in a top hat and an ugly purple suit. Please doc! You just gotta help me get these things out of my head!"

"Hey guys!"

"Shaddap Joe, we're tryin' to get our groove on over here. At our age, we ain't got many grooves left."

"No guys, check this out. I made up a poem!"

"Starts as a rumble, goes through my gut, makes a sweet noise when it comes out my butt."


"Whoo! That was a good one. Whatcha think guys? Guys? Hey, why are you looking at me like that?"

"Now I'm tellin' you for the last time. Stop touching my butt!"

"I don't care what you say Wonka, I smell a fart in here! Now I wanna know where that smell is coming from!"

"Starts as a rumble, goes through my gut, makes a sweet noise when it comes out my butt! Woohoo! Get a whiff of that one Charlie! That one was bad enough to turn the chocolate into cheese!"

"Oh you filthy, disgusting man!"

"Hey lady, it's not healthy to suppress bodily functions. Go ahead and let one go yourself. You'll feel better."

"You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around. And that's what it's all about..."

Maybe instead of all these new candy inventions, he should come up with a new line of Wonka breath mints instead.

"You know Charlie, Michael was right. Little boys do smell like peppermint and gumdrops."

Best Quotes

Henry Salt: "What is this Wonka, some kinda fun house?"
Willy Wonka: "Why? You having fun?"

- Mr Salt complaining after being stuck in a small room with everyone and then suddenly the door they came in through leads out to a while different hallway. - (Reviewer's Note: Hahahahahaha! Wonka makes all kinds of goofy comments and statements like this all through the movie.)

"And so shines a good deed in a weary world."

- Wonka after Charlie gives back the everlasting gobstopper rather than keeping it to give to Slugworth. - (Reviewer's Note: This quote always touched me and makes me think how sad it is that such deeds are so rare in this world.)

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka takes his little tour group on a little boat trip through a little tunnel with little people working the paddle wheel of his little boat. Unfortunately, the tour group doesn't seem to care much for the trip.

Summary and Conclusion

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is one of those movies, much like The Wizard of Oz, that damn near everyone has seen at one time or another. So you may be asking yourself, "Why is he reviewing this movie that everyone's already seen?" Well that's a good question, and here's the answer. I chose this movie for this particular Rogue's Roundtable because this particular roundtable dealt with movies that gave us nightmares, and this one my friends, most definitely qualified.

When I was a kid, I had nightmares about not only the Oompa Loompas, but also about the boat scene where they were going through the tunnel. Now some people would dislike a movie that gave them nightmares. I on the other hand have always, and will always love this movie. Reviewing movies can be a burdensome pain. Sometimes you feel like you just can't go on doing it anymore. It's times like that when you need to pull out a goofy old movie that you absolutely love and bang out a review of it. Well...this is mine.

For those of you that have been hiding in a box under a rock since 1971, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is about an eccentric candy maker named Willy Wonka, who years ago locked up his factory doors after his arch competitor, Slugworth, sent some spies in to steal his candy making secrets. After he locked the gates to the factory, he disappeared from public view for so long that he pretty much became a legend in his own time. Still, his candy flowed into the stores and kids all over the world rotted their teeth out as they gobbled down his huge variety of delectable confections.

But now, after all these years, suddenly Wonka is having a contest. He's hidden five golden tickets in random candy bars, and the finders of the tickets will not only win a lifetime supply of chocolate, but they also get a tour of the famous Wonka candy factory that's been locked up tight for so very long. Four rotten children and one nice, honest, decent child named Charlie each found one of the five golden tickets and were treated to a tour of the factory with one parent of their choice. The children are all described above, so I won't get into describing them here again. Basically they were a bunch of rotten little brats who were each eliminated from the tour in various ways. What none of them knew was that this was a test. Wonka wanted to find one honest, good hearted child to leave his factory to someday when he retires. To that end, he had sent an assistant of his to each of the children before the tour. The guy told each of them that his name was Slugworth and that he'd pay them a lot of money if they brought him one of Wonka's new everlasting gobstoppers so that he could analyze it and get the formula. During the tour, each of the children was given one of the gobstoppers, but as they were each eliminated in other ways, that part of the test became moot. Only Charlie made it to the very end, but when the tour was over, Wonka told them that Charlie gets nothing because during the tour they drank some of the fizzy lifting drink and floated up this tall vent shaft and now the whole thing had to be sterilized and blah blah blah. Charlie was heartbroken and his Grandpa Joe was extremely angry. There was a nasty scene between Grandpa Joe and Wonka, and then Grandpa Joe starts to take Charlie out telling him they'll get even with Wonka if it's the last thing they do and that they'll give Slugworth the gobstopper. Charlie stops, comes back, and sets the gobstopper on Wonka's desk. He passed the test! Wonka apologizes for putting him through that and explains everything to him and there's a happy ending had by all.

Now, there's so many great things about this movie that I couldn't even begin to cover it all. The acting is cheesy, but it's really great on everyone's part. Gene Wilder was the perfect choice for Willy Wonka, although he wasn't actually the first choice for the role. Fred Astaire had originally wanted to play the role, but he was deemed to be too old. Joel Grey was the first person considered for the part, and Ron Moody was asked to play the part as well. Fortunately, none of them were chosen, which left us with the most perfect choice they could have possibly made - Gene Wilder.

Peter Ostrum was very likeable as Charlie. He almost glowed with a genuine goodness that made you really kind of feel for him and identify with his dreams and desires, as strange as that may sound. I'm sorry that he decided against accepting the three film deal he was offered after making this movie. I think he could have had a brilliant career in acting if he would have just stuck with it.

The set design is another thing that makes this film just reek of awesomeness. The sets were all beautifully designed and there's so much stuff and nonsense laying around all over the place that you're going to keep spotting things you probably never noticed before if you watch it with an examining eye. One of the greatest props in the movie also caused an incredible amount of misery. The car that was powered by fizzy drinks and spewed foam all over it's passengers as it rolled along wasn't as ecologically friendly as I'm sure it's passengers would have liked. See, the foam was actually chemical foam from fire extinguishers. Unfortunately, no one realized before they shot the scene that the fire extinguisher foam was also a nasty skin irritant, so all the passengers ended up with nasty skin irritation everywhere the foam touched and they had to stop shooting for several days while everyone recovered.

As I said, I could go on forever about how great this movie is, but pretty much everyone's seen it at least once, so there's really no need to. If you are one of the unfortunate few who haven't seen it...shame on you! Get it and watch it and I promise you won't be sorry. Gene Wilder's performance is just absolutely brilliant and that alone is reason enough to watch this wonderful film, but you just haven't lived until you've experienced the Oompa Loompas in all of their creepy, musical glory. Over the years, I've watched this movie more times than I can count, and know I'll be watching it many more times in the future. It's one of those movies you never really get tired of, and it's my absolute pleasure to give this movie a well deserved rating of...


B-Movie Central's Rating: 5 Bees!


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