Classic Film Series: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 American musical fantasy film starring Gene Wilder and adapted from the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The film tells the story of a poor child named Charlie Bucket who, after finding a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory along with four other children from around the world: Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop. During his adventure, Charlie also meets Wonka’s workers, the mischievous Oompa-Loompas.
In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, and Wilder was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. The film also introduced the song “The Candy Man”, written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, which went on to be recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. and become a popular hit. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory remained in relative obscurity until the 1980s when it gained a loyal cult following. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
There will be an organ concert one-half hour before the movie begins. Please note that there will be no short before this presentation.
Come in costume! Dress up as your favorite Willy Wonka character or wear your favorite Halloween costume! Two lucky winners (Best Willy Wonka Character and Best Overall Costume) will win the Golden Ticket – actually a pair of tickets – to an upcoming show at UCPAC. Photos in the lobby before the show, free popcorn for kids of all ages, and other fun surprises! Be sure not to miss this fun event!
RUN TIME: 1 hr. 38 min.
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