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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
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Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious chocolate bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Jack Albertson)..
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Literary Adaptation, Musical, Throwback Thursdays
Runtime: 100 min
Director: Mel Stuart
Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum