Behind The Scenes: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Wow. This might possibly be my favorite of the many wonderful behind the scenes pics that Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News has posted. Another of my favorite movies of all time as well. A big thanks to Quint and Steve C. who submitted the photo!


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4 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

  1. There is an amazing behind the scenes book for Willy Wonka that is available from Amazon right now. It is full of stories from the director, actors, and just about everyone who worked on the film. This film pretty much defined my younger years, and the highlight of my 6th grade year was playing the man himself, Willy Wonka in the school play, and getting to sing a solo on Pure Imagination with a piano accompaniment.

    This film is the only film that I can think of that truly bridges the gap – it is simply whimsical for kids even to this day, and at the same time, is filled with wry wit for the adults who are looking for more from the film. The Wonkatania boat scene can be down right terrifying for younger kids with many scenes of death and gore in it that go flying by. It even gets some of its facts wrong, like the one Mom saying the song Wonka plays on his flute is from Rachmaninoff, when it clearly was not from him.

    I still watch this film many times each year, and behind only the Star Wars films, is one of my all time greatest films ever made. It is very hard to feel 10 years old again when watching this movie.

  2. Chrome Gouda says:

    Love this picture. By the way, Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie Bucket in the film, never made another movie. He is currently a well-respected veterinarian in upstate New York.

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