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Issue: Spring, 2005

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) movie review

Tripping the Sweet Fantastic


Charlie is a boy poor in finances, but rich in family. His family lives in a shack, and his grandparents all share a big bed and a love for the little boy. Grandpa once worked at the great Chocolate Factory that churns out marvellous sweets and chocolates, but without the old workforce. What goes on behind the locked doors of Willy Wonka's factory?

A handful of children, each with his or her guardian is about to find out when Willy Wonka places golden tickets in selected Willy Wonka chocolate bars. Miracle of miracles, Charlie finds one and he and Grandpa are about to take a journey into a 'world of pure imagination'.

Movie poster; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Festivale film review; 220x330

Movie poster, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
It's everybody's non-pollutionary, anti-institutionary, pro-confectionery factory of fun!

Based on the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a highly-coloured, fantasy-filled musical filled with incredible edible landscapes, insane equipment and wondrous small people to manage it all.

The cast is led by Gene Wilder of the exploding hair and given a firm sense of realism by the casting of Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe. Peter Ostrum makes a nice job playing the poor-but-honest Charlie.

It's 100 minutes of good, clean, family fun.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 30 Jun 1971
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Title: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Written by: Roald Dahl (novel, scr); David Seltzer (screenplay) uncredited
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Running time: 100 mins
Rating: G

The Players: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson,

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