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Directed by Mel Stuart

United States 1971 100 mins. In English

Faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl’s original book, Stuart’s adaptation chronicles the enigmatic and reclusive candy baron Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), who surprisingly decides to stage a promotional contest that hides golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever finds 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, but the fifth is the likeable Charlie, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather and finds that he has won an even greater prize.

Genres: Black Comedy, Musical, Fantasy

Appears in: Kid Flicks



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