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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a musical film adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book for children Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Warning: Plot details follow.

Released in 1971, Dahl's screenplay follows his book's basic storyline fairly closely. Mel Stuart's direction however takes some parts of the movie in a slightly darker direction than the book. One sequence, the boat ride on the chocolate river, in hindsight shows the obvious influence of psychedelia.

Other differences between the film and the book include:

It was not a full musical in the usual sense, featuring only six songs. Some were notably well received, including "The Candy Man Can", and "The Oompa Loompa Song". "Cheer Up, Charlie" is regularly edited out of TV screenings, presumably because the song is widely (but not universally) disliked.

It stars Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolate candy maker, Peter Ostrum as Charlie, and Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe.

Filming began on August 31, 1970 and ended on November 19, 1970.

Amongst its notable cameos are Tim Brooke-Taylor.

A new version called "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is planned for 2005. This will be directed by Tim Burton and will star Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.