Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Director: Mel Stuart Run Time: 100 min. Format: 35mm Film Release Year: 1971
Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic, Gene Wilder stars as the titular Wonka in the role he was born to play. A young boy named Charlie, his Grandpa Joe, and four spoiled brats win a trip to Wonka’s psychedelic candy factory but, as each misbehaving child receives their comeuppance, Charlie begins to question Wonka’s benevolence. The genius of WILLY WONKA—and what allows it to delight 50 years later—is director Mel Stuart’s willingness to let Dahl’s wicked sense of humor coexist with a heartfelt children’s movie.
“Probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren’t: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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