Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Release Date: January 1st, 1971

DVD Release Date: October 1st, 1997

G |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

The last of five coveted "golden tickets" falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five young winners on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory.

Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson, Nora Denney

Director: Mel Stuart

Genres: Children , Fantasy

Production Co: Quaker Oats Company, David L. Wolper Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Growing up, Charming, Temptation, 1970s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90

    Like all the best and most beloved family films, there's plenty in this film for adults to appreciate as well as kids. show more

  • 50
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine

    There is, of course, Gene Wilder as Wonka, the reason most people think they like this movie, and he’s a wonderful actor quite capable of hitting Dahl’s ambivalences (and he has a lovely entrance), but Stuart’s clunky stop-and-start pace and sketchy tone give him nowhere to go. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is 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. Willy Wonka is such a surely and wonderfully spun fantasy that it works on all kinds of minds, and it is fascinating because, like all classic fantasy, it is fascinated with itself. show more

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Nominated Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy