Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

DVD - 1971
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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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, ©1971.
Edition: 40th anniversary limited edition
ISBN: 9780790757407
Branch Call Number: DVD J WIL
Characteristics: 1 DVD (100 min.)


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Gene Wilder's movie closely matches Roald Dahl's high-flying spirit -- much more so than the more recent Johnny Depp version!

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Laura_X Jan 03, 2017

Gene Wilder, 1933-2016.

Willy Wonka may just be your experience of Easter: children hyper on sugar, candy, and chocolate... rivers of chocolate! Plus, it's just good fun! I hope you Enjoy!

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Apr 12, 2019

Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of pure imagination ...

Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

Let's just fly south for the winter.

May 01, 2018

Charlie: "Hair Cream"?.

Jan 25, 2018

Willy Wonka: The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last.

Dec 12, 2016

"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it"

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.

Laura_X Feb 09, 2015

So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.

matthew_gonsalves Jun 18, 2012

"Why is your nose blue?"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Mr. Salt: Stuff and nonsense!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Willy Wonka: Why, of course they're real people.

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Apr 12, 2019

Great movie! Never gets old. We watch it over and over and still find it entertaining. Also like the Tim Burton version with Johnny Depp, but they are very different. Both are products of the times in which they were created. Wilder version is frothy fun from the 70s. Depp version is a bit darker and certainly more oddball.

I had watchedt his movie back in 2005 i had watch the Charlie and the Chocolate factory at school and we made a Umpa loopa man and we had to write a Reipe too and a word shearch we had too .

May 01, 2018

The two films define what you like better.
1971 "Gene Wilder"-Classic,Fun and heart warming.
2005"Johnny Depp"- Spooky,Visual stunning and funny.
None is better than the other, its Tim Burton or Mel Stuart.

Mar 11, 2018

Believe me - This totally asinine movie makes a really hideous statement about the underhanded ethics of the candy bar industry.

And, on top of that - I also think that this is an utterly nasty and horrible children's picture. If I had any children, I wouldn't let them watch this one.

The deceitful Willy Wonka character was nothing but a despicable monster who gave no thought about annihilating some bratty kids just because they didn't meet his neurotic/psychotic standards.

Mar 05, 2018

Yes. Indeed. Speaking about the likes of greed, gluttony, and the absolute grotesque - You can be sure, it's all here - Wrapped up into one deceitful, under-handed, little package that has Willy Wonka's chocolatey mess smeared all over it.

Without question - (From my perspective) - This 1971 children's picture has got to be one of the ugliest, most cringe-worthy movie-experiences that I've had to endure in a mighty long time.

Its stupid-minded story is utterly childish nastiness to the max. And the totally repulsive "Willy Wonka" character (played so spitefully by Gene Wilder) is even more despicable than the obnoxious, little brats who all win a visit to Wonka's chocolate factory and inevitably get their (rightful?) comeuppance.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 12, 2018

One of my favorite movies, while it strays quite a bit from the book, it is a beautiful and funny movie that everyone in the family will love.

Jan 25, 2018


Jan 24, 2017

I love this movie, I grew up watching it yes it has its cheesy moments what do you expect from this movie it was made so long ago. I watched the Johnny Depp one when it came out I like both equally, it is a family movie and a classic I wish I owned it.... 5 stars!!

SaraLovesBooks Oct 22, 2016

I know this first adaptation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is incredibly beloved by so many people. And there is a lot to love. The look of the film is whimsical and fun. Most of the child actors did a good job of portraying the brats in the book. Gene Wilder did an interesting interpretation of Willy Wonka. However, this adaptation has never really stood up for me. I've always felt that there is something missing, and part of it might be the darker tone that pervades throughout Roald Dahl's books, beneath all the whimsy. I felt this movie only had a moment like that once, and it is bizarrely out of place with the rest of the film.

Sep 21, 2016

Starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, the estranged owner of a beloved chocolate factory, he searches for an heir to his business, doing so by creating a contest and bringing the five golden ticket winners to tour his factory. While touring the factory and meeting the Oompa Loompas the five children slowly get eliminated in undoubtedly strange ways, leaving an unlikely winner to Wonka’s peculiar business. I would strongly recommend this movie to any age because of, the excellent portrayal of the characters, odd humour, captivating atmosphere and good underlying moral despite the method of portrayal. @GoosReviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This movie is good but, unfortunately, I watched it after "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" because Johnny Depp's movie was the new version. And of course, in the new movie all the machines and the decorations are newer and prettier. But that doesn't mean that the old version is bad -- it is the 1st version and that makes it unforgettable. I think that the two Wonkas have done a really great job in acting the character, although Johnny Depp was funnier and weirder in a funny way too, but I think that the two were great. This movie is appropriate for all ages and I give it 5.5/10. - @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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matthew_gonsalves Jun 18, 2012

Charlie Bucket joins with his grandfather on a lucky contest with five other contest winners on a tour through a factory with willy wanna

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Join Charlie Bucket, his grandfather, and four lucky contest winners on a tour through the factory of the mysterious candy mogul Willy Wonka.

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