FILM CLASSIC: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Director(s): Mel Stuart
Country: United States
Language: In English
Film Classic | 1971 | 100 min
Recommended for all ages (Parental Guidance: some suspenseful moments)

This year the PCFF film jury was dedicated to the memory of the great comedic actor Gene Wilder. He played the role of Willy Wonka with just the right mix of mysterious-creepy-comical senses and challenged young viewers to interpret his intentions right up to the end. As Roger Ebert opined in his 1971 review, “WILLY WONKA is probably the best film of its sort since THE WIZARD OF OZ. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren’t: delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.”

Academy Award Nominations for Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score 1971

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