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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

1971 American musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka Website

Approval Rate: 72%

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    Thu Oct 14 2010

    Nerds is the first thing that come to my mind. Those cute little purple and pink specs of fun! I recently tried sour puckerooms gummies. I dont know if anyone else had them before but they were Okayy. Nothing special. I finished the package, but i wouldn't buy it again. They were all stuck together and a little too sweet. But i'm not hatin. Nerds is the wayyy tooo gooo :))

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    Fri Jan 08 2010

    It was one of my favorite growing up. It was magical and a feel good movie. As an adult I'm not quite so impressed. The whole boat ride resembled a trip on acid out of control and those kids are so annoying. Willy Wonka was a perfect role for Gene Wilder though and I still prefer the original.

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    Fri Feb 13 2009

    I thought this was one of the worst children's movies ever made. Never have liked it, and I don't plan on changing my mind any time in the near future.

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    Mon Aug 04 2008

    I like Roald Dahl books. His books are meant for both adults and kids. But for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie, the part I like most is Johnny Depp. He carried the character really, really well.

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    Thu Apr 17 2008

    Chocolate and kids, now that's an explosive combination. Umpa, Umpa, good film and effects for the time.

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    Thu Aug 02 2007

    This is definitely on my list of all time favorite movies. What kid doesn't dream about owning his very own candy factory? Gene Wilder is perfect as Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas round out the movie perfectly with their whimsical songs and dances.

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    Sat May 12 2007

    This is a good movie.  I think that Gene Wilder was great as Willy Wonka.  One of my favorite movies when I was a kid, I still enjoy watching this movie.

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    Wed May 09 2007

    A pretty good kids movie. A poor boy gets a golden ticket in a bar of chocolate and gets to go to Wonka's famous factory. All the other kids get greedy and meet their fate. This gets a four because there are a few forgettable songs and it does not follow the book well.

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    Mon Feb 12 2007

    The old one is great!! It is funny and happy and realistic in an unrealistic way but the new one with Depp in it is stupid. Everything fronm how the ompa lompas to how Wonka can't sing. Bu the first one is great!!!!

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    Thu Jul 13 2006

    This film scares little kids but is a great movie for older kids and adults.

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    Wed Mar 29 2006

    The first movie I ever saw at the theater.........and I was exhilarated and terrified at the same time. That's an experience all young kids should have. The sequence in the boat (going through the tunnel)--not sure what that was doing in a kids film, and would certainly give the movie a PG (or even PG-13) rating today. But it didn't scar me for life; I think I'm fairly adjusted. Other segments, like the little boy getting sucked up the tube and the girl turning into a blueberry, stayed with me too. And the floating sequence, with the bubbles......I watched it again as an adult a few years ago and it is a bit dated (the Oompa Loompa singing those songs with the words spelled out--something right out of The Electric Company). The movie takes a while to get going. But I have to give it five stars for the impact it had on my early years.

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    Sat Oct 08 2005

    Saw this movie as a kid when it first came out. LOVED IT. Even my dad, who never saw movies twice, asked my sister and I if we wanted to stay in the theatre to see it again. He liked Gene Wilder's performances. We used to make little Oompa Loompa chocolate candies and sing the little song.... "What do you get when your child is a brat? Acting just like a Siamese cat!" As far as being mean spirited, Wonka wasn't mean to any of the kids, they did it to themselves, that was the point. Personal Responisibility.

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    Tue Aug 30 2005

    My absolute favorite movie as a child, and actually enjoyed the 'new' version with my children. You people who are trashing this movie are not seeing it in the eyes as a child.. which the movie was meant for. Every kids' dream is to visit a world of chocolate..it's a fantasy. As far as bad acting??? Hello?? Have you not ever watched any other 'old' movie? In it's time, the acting would have been thought as being truly great, the concept genius. In years to come, what we now think is excellent acting, astonishing effects and masterfully thought out, will seem like drivel. Willy, you're still number one in my books.

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    Thu Jul 14 2005

    i loved this movie was so awsome i would love to go to that factory with all that stuff u can eat i want to see the new one coming out!!!mmm candy

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    Tue May 24 2005

    My favorite movie growing up. I love Gene Wilder and I love the music. The only bad thing is that after I watch it I get I've Got A Golden Ticket stuck in my head for days.

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    Wed May 04 2005

    One of my all time favorites. People keep asking who would have made a better Willy Wonka than Johnny Depp in the new version. May I suggest Crispin Glover? Think about it. He has that sort of creepy look that Wilder has. Hell, he's creepy period. Would have been great!

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    Fri Apr 15 2005

    Really good movie adventure for kids. Doesn't dumb down for kids. Gene Wilder is geat as Willy Wonka. A remake is very unnecessary but completed nonetheless. Curious to see what Johnny Depp will do with it.

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    Mon Apr 04 2005

    Drug induced, but good.

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    Mon Apr 04 2005

    i loved willy wonka and gene wilder is great. im looking forward to depps interpertation. i believe he can pull it off.

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    Mon Feb 21 2005

    A surprisingly dull movie with cheesy special effects, dull story line with dumb songs. I enjoyed the Roald Dahl's book but for some reason I hated this. Not even Gene Wilder could save this one! Let's hope the new one with Johny Deep is way, way, way, way, way, way, way better!

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    Wed Feb 09 2005

    One of the few movies that I love just as much now as I did when I was kid. When I was younger I was captivated by the candy and the mystery of the chocolate factory. As an adult I love this movie because it is absolutely hilarious, the songs are so nutty and memorable and because Gene Wilder was absolutely brilliant playing Willy Wonka. A timeless classic that will be cherished for years to come.

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    Tue Feb 08 2005

    Gene Wilder was good as Wonka, as so some of the people in the movie. The boat ride was kind of scary, but so was the messenger who talked to the kids who won the tickets. He looked creepy. The little oopa loomas looked crazy. One thing though, Charlie's grandparents...if they have been on that bed for years, I wondered about their bathroom habits. Ugh....

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    Tue Nov 02 2004

    I love this film! It's so magical, isn't Wonka World every child's dream? A fantastic adventure for a poor boy who proves that good morals and manners prevails. A warm hearted and colourful adventure, well worth a watch or two.

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    Mon Oct 04 2004

    The snozberries taste like snozberries.

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    Sat Aug 28 2004

    one of my favorite movies. a poor kid gets a little luck when he finds a candy bar that contains one of five golden tickets. he gets to go to the chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka. Mischeif occurs when some of the kids get greedy and suffer the consequences. Gene wilder is both good and creepy as wonka. the movie had a nice ending. give it a try.

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    Sun Aug 08 2004

    I think that it was a brilliant movie who's purpose was to scare children into being good or not to be a fat kid or gum chewer. I think it has a good message but those oompa loompas freaked me out. Bad for fat children who dream of a chocolate factories because their fat asses'll get stuck in a pipe!

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    Wed Jun 30 2004

    The New Willy Wonka movie is going to star Johnny Depp!!!!!! Who better to play that part?!!!

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    Sat Jun 26 2004

    This is such a creative movie, and who doesn't like a factory completely made of candy? The songs were good too! This is a fun movie and I like the whole golden ticket thing! I wish I could win the golden ticket

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    Sun May 30 2004

    I loved the little world of pure imagination that was presented in this movie--definately good for kids. A little weird, but neat--I mean, the hysteria of the hunt for the tickets, the eccentric man in the purple tophat, and those bizarre little Oompa Loompas . . . it's out there, but it's meant to be. Lots of moral of the story moments, but you get a kind of relief when the bratty kid gets his/her come-uppance (especially that horrid Veruca brat, ugh!) Gotta watch this at least once.

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    Sat May 29 2004

    While not one of my favorites, its certainly a movie I always enjoyed. Gene Wilder was fantastic, his portrayal both eerie and fun. For those complaining about the creepiness and disgusting factor of the movie, I must remind them that this is based on a book by Roald Dahl. His writing was not all flowers and rainbows for children. He wrote odd, disturbing stories that are widely acclaimed. This movie was just staying true to the book. A fun, visual journey for the imagination.

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    Sat May 29 2004

    Gene Wilder was the only good thing about this movie, I thought he was very convincing as Willy Wonka. Otherwise the movie was so far out there and almost creepy at times. I thought it was totally disgusting how Charlie's family were all crowded on one bed...and felt so sorry for Charlie's mother who I imagine was the only one cleaning those old, nasty people who couldn't or wouldn't get off their lazy asses to clean themselves. Could you just imagine the smell in that house if it was reality? And give me a break with how phony Charlie was compared to all the other evil little brats in the movie. Totally horrific...

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    Mon May 10 2004

    This isn't even out in backward old England but I'm sure it will be great. I mean it has Johnny Depp in it, what more do you want!

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    Sat Apr 03 2004

    a little to creepy and sinister for young kids. Especially that creepy LSD ridden ride on the boat through the tunnel. And Gene Wilder isn't the most appealing man. I don't know if i'd trust my kids with him, especially with those creepy oompa loopae running around...

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    Thu Feb 19 2004

    Creepy, mean-spirited movie. The part where the fat girl is turned into a giant blueberry seems especially cruel.

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    Thu Sep 11 2003

    This movie scared me when I was little.

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    Sun Aug 17 2003

    So bizarre. Candy Man one of my alltime favorite songs. The tunnel scene is one of the scariest moments in all of film.

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    Sun Aug 10 2003

    When this comes on TV, the kids are glued to it. I have loved this story since my childhood.

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    Sat Jun 07 2003

    C'mon...who wouldn't love to explore a world made of candy?

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    Mon Jun 02 2003

    It's so old and corny plus the acting is terrible! The book is so much better why make it into a film, what are the Dirctors obsessions, it ruins all decent books

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    Wed May 21 2003

    A very good movie- the perfect movie version of Roald Dahl's popular book. A fine way of proving that if you have faith, your dreams can come true.

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    Tue Mar 04 2003

    This movie is appropriate for all audiences, it is a strange and dull movie. The movie seems to be escapist, but the portryal of poor families shatters the escapism. Also, the acting is poor and the sets bland. Even worse, the sappy songs grate when compared to all of the great music that is out there. The movie could also use more humor.

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    Wed Nov 06 2002

    Watched this a few months ago for the first time in years and enjoyed it very much, but something was lost now that I am an adult. I guess you kind of get harder to impress when you get older. That being said, I would still highly recommend this to adults and especially children.

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    Sat Oct 12 2002

    I really really liked Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory when I was little and now when I watch it I'm doubled over with laughter. I recomend this to anyone with kids or just for your own enjoyment.

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    Thu Apr 25 2002

    It is a classic, but I think that everybody in the whole movie were annoying, and I don't enjoyit very much whenever I watch it. They show it too many times on TV. Summary: A CLASSIC IN WHICH EVERY CHARACTER IS ANNOYING.

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    Tue Apr 23 2002

    Okay, okay. I admit, I am of the age group that was a kid when this movie came out (and subsequently shown on TV once a year) so I loved it from childhood. But about 8 years ago, in my mid-20's, I saw it again and loved it. The songs all are great (excepting the one I never liked, "Cheer Up Charlie") and you simply have to admire Gene Wilder's awesome perforamce, all done with a knowing smile. The other kids are all quite memorable (especially in how they are dispatched). There is now a rock band called Veruca Salt. And on "Will & Grace" recently, they mentioned August Gloop. A classic!

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    Wed Apr 17 2002

    Exceptional movie with great acting by Gene Wilder. The whole concept is wonderful and it is a good way to get away from the real world and lose yourself in a world of imagination. If somehow you haven't already seen this movie purchase it immediately and see for yourself how terrific it is.

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    Mon Apr 08 2002

    Right around the time this movie was in the theatres, I got a summer job in Washington state, and a family took me in as their house guest. They had a spoiled brat daughter whose looks and behavior were so similar to Veruca Salt, that it was almost scary. If that movie didn't keep reminding me of her, I probably could have given it 5 stars.

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    Thu Feb 21 2002

    A classic movie. But the oompa loompa's scare me...ahh! the freaky green skin and stuff!

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    Tue Feb 05 2002

    Still one of my all time faves! I heard they want to remake it and I hope they NEVER do.