Movie House Memories

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Episode #22

Paramount Pictures released Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to theaters on June 30, 1971. Mel Stuart directed the film starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, and Peter Ostrum.

‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ Summary

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory begins with the eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka. When he announces a contest where he hid five golden tickets in chocolate bars around the world that will grant the finder access to his factory, it sets off a world-wide craze. Charlie Bucket lives with his poor family, but his deadbeat Grandpa Joe encourages him to keep participate in the frenzy; even to the point he gives Charlie false hope.

Charlie uses his extra money on one chocolate bar after the other. Surprisingly, he finds the last ticket. On the day of the event, five children enter the factory with one adult in tow. There they find a wonderland of candy and chocolate beyond their dreams. However, even though Willie Wonka seems like a kind man, it’s quickly obvious he’s testing each child for something greater. Will Charlie pass the test?

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Paramount Pictures released Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to theaters on June 30, 1971. Mel Stuart directs the film which stars Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, and Peter Ostrum.

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  1. This movie is in my top 5. I can watch it over and over. Being born 5 years after it came out, I never had a chance to see it on the big screen until last month. It was one of TCM’s 12 movies they re-aired on the big screen. Was able to see it with my family and as much as I’ve seen it, seeing it on the big screen allowed me to see things that I totally missed. And I maybe be 1 of the few that would’ve loved to have seen the Great Glass Elevator done correctly on the big screen. It is such a fun book and there is also a audio book version where Roald Dahl narrates and it is great. Thanks again for another funny podcast.

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