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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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Roald Dahl on Film


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016

Mel Stuart
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum
100 mins, 1971, USA

The world is agog when Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour and shown all the secrets of his amazing candy - and one person will win a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family are so poor that even one bar is a treat, his chances are unlikely in the extreme. But magic can happen as Charlie gets his chance, along with four - somewhat odious - other children, and they enter a world of candy-striped trees, rivers of chocolate, lickable wallpaper, golden eggs, three-course dinner chewing gum and much, much more. Pure imagination, indeed…

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