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A boy wins a tour of a famous, and deadly, chocolate factory.
Young Charlie Bucket lives with his hard-working mother and invalid grandparents, Joe, Josephine, George and Georgina, who, despite their poverty, dote on the good-natured Charlie. Grandpa Joe, Charlie's favorite, often spins tales about Willy Wonka, the reclusive chocolate maker who runs a huge factory nearby. One night, Grandpa Joe tells Charlie that Wonka, the most famous confectioner ever, was so angered by the theft of his secret formulas, especially by his rival, Oscar Slugworth, that he closed his factory. Years later, however, the facility suddenly began operating again, although no workers are ever seen entering or leaving. The next day, Charlie hears that Wonka has hidden Golden Tickets inside five chocolate bars, and that the lucky winners will receive a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Grandpa Joe assures Charlie that he has as much chance of winning as anyone else, but as Wonka's announcement spreads, a global frenzy ensues. The first Golden Ticket is found in Germany by Augustus Gloop, a gluttonous, overweight youth. As the Gloop family is being interviewed, a menacing, scarred man whispers something to Augustus. Soon after, Charlie's family celebrates his birthday with a chocolate bar, and tries to hide their disappointment when he does not find a Golden Ticket. Meanwhile, in England, spoiled Veruca Salt is berating her father Henry for not making his employees work faster to locate a Golden Ticket for her, when suddenly one worker succeeds. As the worldwide search continues, Charlie learns that American Violet Beauregarde, who is obsessed with chewing gum, has found the third Golden Ticket. Soon after, another American, Mike Teevee, who watches television constantly, finds the fourth ticket. When it is announced that a millionaire has found the final ticket in Paraguay, Charlie is distraught. As he walks home from school, however, he finds a coin in the gutter, buys and eats one bar of chocolate, then buys another for Grandpa Joe. As he is leaving the shop, Charlie hears that the most recent ticket was a forgery, and so rips open his chocolate, finding the last Golden Ticket. Thrilled, Charlie runs home but on his way is stopped by the scarred man, who has visited all the winning children. Calling himself Slugworth, the man tells Charlie that he will pay him a fortune to steal one of Wonka's inventions, the Everlasting Gobstopper, a candy that can be sucked forever without growing smaller, but Charlie evades him and runs home to show his ticket to his delighted family. Reading the ticket, they discover that Charlie is allowed to bring one adult with him, and that the tour will be the following morning. Determined to accompany Charlie, Grandpa Joe staggers out of bed for the first time in twenty years. The next day, a cheering crowd waits for Wonka to appear. A hush falls when a lame, sullen-looking man limps toward them, but he falls into a somersault and, bounding up with a smile, welcomes the winners. Escorting them inside, Wonka has the children sign a gigantic, illegible contract, then leads them to the dazzling Chocolate Room, made of edible sweets. As the group gorges themselves, they notice a brown river flowing through the room, and Wonka explains that it is pure chocolate, mixed by a waterfall. They are then astonished to see, on the side of the river, little men with orange faces and green hair. Wonka tells his visitors that the men are Oompa-Loompas, and that he rescued them from the desolate Loompaland to live and work with him. Grandpa Joe is pleased that the mystery of the workers has been solved, while Veruca petulantly declares that she wants an Oompa-Loompa. The group then notices that Augustus is drinking from the river, and despite Wonka's warning that his chocolate must remain untouched, Augustus leans over so far that he falls in. Augustus, who cannot swim, flounders before being sucked up into one of the giant tubes that transport the chocolate. Although Augustus' bulk initially blocks the tube, the pressure builds until he is shot up the tube like a bullet through a gun, and Wonka then orders an Oompa-Loompa to take Mrs. Gloop to the fudge room before Augustus is boiled. Continuing their tour, the eccentric Wonka leads his guests onto the Wonkatania , a paddle-boat that floats through a frightening tunnel. They stop at the Inventing Room, where they are amazed by Wonka's bizarre machines, including one that makes Everlasting Gobstoppers. After making the children promise that they will never give away the Gobstoppers, Wonka gives one to each of them, then exhibits his new creation, which makes chewing gum that tastes like a three-course meal. Despite Wonka's caution that the gum has not been perfected, Violet thrusts it into her mouth. She raves about the taste of the soup and main course, but when she gets to the dessert¿blueberry pie with cream¿she turns blue and inflates into a giant blueberry. Signaling to the Oompa-Loompas, Wonka instructs them to roll Violet to the juicing room before she explodes. As the tour progresses, Grandpa Joe and Charlie sneak off into a room containing Fizzy Lifting Drinks. After taking a sip of the liquid, which is so bubbly that it lifts them into the air, they float giddily until they realize that they are nearing the giant, razor-sharp ceiling fan. Terrified, Grandpa Joe accidentally burps and begins to descend. He tells Charlie to belch and after the pair reaches safety, they pledge to keep their feet on the ground and rejoin the others. Wonka is exhibiting his giant, temperamental geese, which lay golden eggs for Easter, when Veruca demands that her father buy one for her. Wonka refuses Mr. Salt's offer, sending Veruca into a fury that ends when she jumps on the "eggdicator," which judges whether the eggs are good or bad. Declaring her a "bad egg," the eggdicator sends Veruca plunging through a chute to the furnace, and a horrified Salt follows her. Musing that the Salts have a fifty-fifty chance because the furnace is lit only every other day, Wonka sends some Oompa-Loompas after them. Wonka then escorts his remaining guests onto his Wonkamobile, a strange vehicle that runs on carbonated liquids. After a messy ride, they emerge clean and enter the Television Room, where Wonka is perfecting a method of sending chocolates via television. Mike disparages Wonka's idea until the Oompa-Loompas transmit a giant chocolate bar that materializes as a normal-sized bar in a screen across the room. Mike then asks if a human can be sent by the machinery, and Wonka theorizes that although dangerous, it might be possible. Ignoring his warning, Mike turns on the device and disappears. Mike emerges "completely unharmed," according to Wonka, although Mrs. Teevee grows faint at the sight of her doll-sized son, as the television device always shrinks the objects it broadcasts. After Mrs. Teevee puts Mike in her purse, the Oompa-Loompas take her to the taffy-pulling machine to stretch Mike back to his original size. With the others gone, Wonka bids farewell to Grandpa Joe and Charlie and retreats to his office. Baffled by Wonka's brusqueness, the pair enter and, when Grandpa Joe asks about Charlie's lifetime supply of chocolate, the enraged Wonka yells that because they "stole" Fizzy Lifting Drinks, they broke the contract signed by Charlie and therefore he will receive nothing. Equally furious, Grandpa Joe storms out, telling Charlie that they will get even by selling the Everlasting Gobstopper to Slugworth. Charlie pulls away, however, and places the candy on Wonka's desk. Impressed by Charlie's honesty, Wonka embraces the boy, telling him that he has won, then introduces him to his employee, Mr. Wilkinson, who was impersonating Slugworth to test the children. Wonka then ushers Charlie and Grandpa Joe into his glass "Wonkavator," an elevator that can go any direction, and asks Charlie to push the red button. The elevator gathers speed until it breaks through the building's glass roof and spins high above the town. Delighted, Charlie tells Wonka that the chocolate factory is the most wonderful place in the world. Wonka then calmly explains to Charlie that he is giving the factory to him, as he needs a successor he can trust to run the operation his way and care for the Oompa-Loompas. Assuring Charlie that his family can live with him, Wonka hugs the boy and reminds him that the man who got everything he always wanted lived happily ever after.
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|MPAA Ratings:||G||Premiere Info:||New York opening: 30 Jun 1971|
|Release Date:||1971||Production Date:||
AFI-DVD*; AFI Library VHS; EB
AFI DVD made from LL's own commercial VHS
|Color/B&W:||Color (Technicolor)||Distributions Co:||Paramount Pictures Corp.|
|Sound:||Mono (Westrex Recording System)||Production Co:||Wolper Pictures, Ltd., Quaker Oats Company|
|Duration(mins):||98 or 100||Country:||United States|
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