willy wonka and the chocolate factory
the year: 1971
the genre: musical
the cast: Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka); Jack Albertson (Grandpa Joe); Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket); Roy Kinnear (Mr. Salt); Julie Dan Cole (Veruca Salt);
the plot: The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds?
don't miss: when the children first enter the main factory and see the gardens. Their reactions are real, it was really their first view of that particular set.
listen for: "I am now telling the computer *exactly* what it can do with a life time supply of chocolate."
did you know: The combination to the first door in the chocolate factory is 99-44/100% pure, which was an ad slogan for Ivory Soap.
extra bonus points: if you know what Peter Ostrum's (who played Charlie) adult profession would become.
also listen for: "If the good Lord had intended us to walk, he wouldn't have invented roller skates."
My favorite scene is here.
And while I *also* very much enjoy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both have their individual charm, don'tha think?