Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: After Charlie finds the last ticket, "Slugworth" stops him to make an offer. As he talks, he mentions a better home, good food and comfort for the family. It wouldn't be possible for him to know Charlie's entire situation in the couple of minutes since the ticket was found.

Movie Nut

Correction: As Willy Wonka tells Charlie near the end of he movie, "Slugworth" is really Mr. Wilkinson who works for Wonka. By no coincidence does Slugworth/Wilkinson shows up whenever a Golden Ticket is found, it is possible Wilkinson planted them to get the appropriate mix of children (spoiled rich, gluttonous, poor, etc.) Wonka would want to test to see who is worthy to inherit his factory. Slugworth would no doubt have cash on hand (provided by Wonka) to tempt a poor child with money to get the secret of the Everlasting Gobstoppers to test the child's reliability.


Corrected entry: When Mr. Turkentine asks for Charlie's help with an experiment, he states that two of the main ingredients he would be using are Nitric Acid and Gylcerine. He then goes on two mention that when poured in equal amounts would create a very powerful wart remover. In truth, Nitric Acid and Gylcerine when mixed together actually creates Nitroglycerine, a very powerful liquid explosion and creating it in a classroom is criminally irresponsible.

Correction: Mr. Turkentine is a jaded, bored teacher trying to inject humor into his lessons. His poor delivery about the mix being a very powerful wart remover is a weak joke that went over the heads of his students.


Corrected entry: When Salt is about to go down the shoot in the scene with the golden geese, she fades away before she gets a chance to drop because she doesn't actually drop. (01:19:20)


Correction: I just watched it over and over and I can't imagine that the shot was done any way other than just dropping her. Her hair flies up as she goes down, the movement is very natural, there is no cut to mask the shots. She definitely drops down the chute.

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: Actually in the commentary with the actors she stated that actually did drop right onto a mattress set in place for her and she was told to keep her arms glued to her sides or they would've been ripped off by the sudden movement of the fall.

Correction: Not only that, but there was a cute PA down there and she kept her arms to her sides because she didn't want her dress flying up in front of him.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: How did "Slugworth" get to Verucca so fast? He was already in Mr.Salt's factory at the time, but he would have had to be an employee to be there.

Correction: As we learn later in the movie, "Slugworth" was working for Wonka. Either the distribution of the winning tickets wasn't random. or they knew (through shipping information) where they'd ultimately turn up. We have no information on the security measures at Salt's factory, so we can't say with any certainty that Slugworth would have to have been an employee to be in there. Even with security measures in place, Slugworth is an industrious and determined man.

JC Fernandez

Correction: In an original script Willy Wonka was supposed to have planted the golden tickets so Charlie could win, but they cut out the "so Charlie could win" bit. So "Slugworth" would know where to go since they were planted.

Correction: In the film "Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka" it is mentioned that the name was changed to Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory in order to better coincide with the release of a "Wonka Bar" by Quaker Oats. It had nothing to do with Vietnam.

Corrected entry: When in the boat tunnel, we see a brief picture of 'Slugworth' being shown in the background. Both Charlie and Grandpa Joe react to it, even though there's no reason for Grandpa Joe to. He couldn't possibly think it was Slugworth, given how it was actually just an actor, Mr. Wilkinson, whom he has never even seen before.

Correction: Grandpa Joe does not react to the photo of Slugworth, but to Charlie's calling and grabbing him.


Correction: Correct. Slugworth gave Charlie a thumbs up before entering the gates. Charlie told his grandpa that was him to which grandpa looked at Slugworth. Therefore he would recognize him on the tunnel wall.

Correction: While waiting with the other winners to enter the factory, Charlie points out Sligworth to Grandpa Joe. They both recognize his picture in the tunnel and react the same, as they both know what he looks like and what his intentions are.

Corrected entry: After the group heads down the hallway that gets smaller and smaller, they get to a door thats about 3 feet high. When Wonka opens the door and they cut to the exterior shot of the door, it is considerably larger and everyone is easily able to stand.

Correction: That's the whole point of the scene. They are in an unreal, fantasy world - the normal rules don't apply. It could also be a door within a larger door similar to a bank vault door.

Correction: The room is an optical illusion. Wonka even talks about how things are not as they appear.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Charlie, Grandpa Joe, and Wonka are getting into the Wonkavator, Wonka tells Charlie that he has pressed every button in the Wonkavator except the one circled in red. Once Charlie presses it, Wonka tells them to hang on because he is not sure what will happen. However, in the very next breath he states, "Faster, faster, if we don't pick up enough speed we'll never make it through." Grandpa Joe then states, "You mean we're going...", and Wonka says, "Up and out." Now if Wonka never pressed the button and did not know what to expect, how did he know that they would be transported up and out of the factory?

Correction: Wonka knows exactly what's going on the whole time. He just likes to sound eccentric. Like when he talks about Veruca Salt ending up in the incinerator and says at the end that all the naughty children will be fine.

Grumpy Scot

Correction: I always took it to mean he didn't know if the Wonkavator would successfully make it out. He created it, so of course he knows what the button is supposed to do, but he's never actually tried it so he's unsure it will work.

Correction: You also have to remember that he invented the Wonkavator so he knows exactly what the button does, he's just never pushed it for himself.

Corrected entry: When Willy Wonka plays the musical code for entering the Chocolate Room, Mike Teevee's mother says "Rachmaninoff." In fact, it is the introduction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro."


Correction: That's the whole point. She is showing off, trying to pretend she is cultured and classy, whereas in fact she is an ignoramus.

Corrected entry: When everyone walks over to the "hand hooks" you can see that one of the fingers on the hooks moves before they grab everyone's belongings.


Correction: So? Wonka never explains how they work, so there's no reason we know of for the hands not to have some degree of movement.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Willy Wonka is walking out of the factory with his cane, Charlie and all the kids are wearing heavy coats, hats and scarves, yet there are green leaves on all the trees you can see, signifying spring/summer.

Correction: That just means that the weather was unseasonably cold.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: When Charlie's teacher is giving a lesson on percentages, he tells Charlie that he will use the number 200 as a means of calculating a simple percentage because can't figure out what percentage 2 out of 1,000 yields. This is simple to figure out even without a calculator. As someone who is sanctioned to be teaching mathematics, he should know this.

Phaneron Premium member

Correction: Yes, he should, but apparently he is either lazy or not a very good teacher, so he simplifies the lesson. It's meant to be humorous.


Corrected entry: During Veruca's "I Want It Now" song, after she says "I want a bean feast", Mr. Salt says, "Oh, one of those"¬óbut his mouth doesn't move.

Correction: Look closely; his mouth does move. It just looks like it doesn't because he is grimacing in frustration.

Corrected entry: When Charlie is first seen walking up to the gates of the Wonka factory there are just the street sounds. Then suddenly the "Tinkerer" (the guy with the knife cart) gives the dissertation about fear of little men (a poem of some sort) then proceeds to leave clanking and clattering on the cobble stone street. He should have either been visible on the first shot of Charlie as he walked up to the gates or heard as he approached later on to give his dissertation.

James Rowell

Correction: While Charlie was concentrating on the factory he didn't hear the tinkerer come up, hence the silent approach. After the tinker leave he has Charlie's attention and therefore you can hear the sound.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie where Charlie gives the gobstopper back, Gene Wilder's hair is all screwed up, but the next second it's fine.

Correction: This is not necessarily a mistake: It was done on purpose to show how crazy he is.

Corrected entry: Before the ride on the Wonkamobile, an Oompa-Loompa pours a liquid from a green bottle into the Wonkamobile, but in the next shot he is pouring it out of a brown bottle.

Correction: All the Oompa Loompas look the same if not very similar, and there was more than one Oompa Loompa fueling the Wonkamobile. It is most likely a different Oompa Loompa with a brown bottle took his place after the green bottle was empty. Either that, or the other Oompa Loompa was fueling the other side. The first shot was up close so we don't know what side it was showing.

Corrected entry: When the Oompa Loompa is steering the Wonkatania, he doesn't move the steering wheel yet the ship manages to turn every corner. (00:59:00)

Correction: This was corrected in a similar entry. The boat could purposely be guided by a rail, to make it easier to control, and the wheel itself non-functional.


Corrected entry: Right after Willy Wonka plays the instrument to call for the Oompa Loompa when Augustus goes up the pipe. While he's waiting, you hear all of the parents and the kids talking about how rude and such he's being. Well, during that, you hear Violet's father say "What an a**hole.". (00:59:50)

Correction: No one says A**hole. He says "What the heck ya doin' that for?"

Corrected entry: If the "Golden Ticket" can be found in any of Wonka's confections, why is the spoiled girl's crew only opening one kind of Wonka's candy?

Matty Blast

Correction: The Golden Tickets are not found in just any of Wonka's confections. They are only placed in Wonka Bars, which is why they're opening only one kind of candy.


Correction: They're opening regular Wonka bars. We see in the film that there's many types of bars, and the regular seem to be the bottom of the line. So, Mr. Salt probably just bought as many of the bottom line as he could to minimize costs, and also maximize the chance of getting a ticket by the added volume of candy bars. Makes sense.


Corrected entry: Willy Wonka says the reason he sent out the tickets was because he needed a child to run the factory. However, there were many adults trying to find a ticket. All five ticket winners could've easily been adults. So his plan could've very likely failed, and he could've easily been forced to give the factory to an adult, even though he said he wouldn't trust one.


Correction: Wonka would have easily thought of this, and considering one of his aides was there at each time, he planted the bars for kids to find.

Ssiscool Premium member

Correction: Given that Slugworth/Wilkinson was at every location when the ticket was found, Wonka obviously didn't simply put them in random bars.


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Revealing mistake: When Violet turns into the blueberry you can see the reflection of the blue light in her hair. But in the same scenes where blue make-up is used instead of the light, you can see the regular flesh-tone under her hair and in her parting.

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Trivia: In the beginning of the movie, when the candy store owner is singing the candy man song, there's a spot towards the end of the song where he lifts up his counter to let all the kids in. Watch the little blonde girl as she gets walloped in the chin by the counter. (00:04:30)

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Question: Why did the author of the book, that this movie is based on, hate this movie version so much?

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Chosen answer: He felt that it took too many liberties with the story. In the original agreement, Dahl himself was to write the screenplay (he was, by that point, a not-unsuccessful screenwriter), only to find that his version of the script was subsequently heavily re-written, including what Dahl felt were a number of unnecessary gimmicks, such as Wonka's penchant for literary quotations. Even the title of the film was changed from the original "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", in order to tie into the launch of the "Wonka Bar", a new candy bar made by the Quaker Oats company, who co-financed the film. Annoyed at all the changes, he ultimately disowned the film and refused to sell the cinematic rights to the sequel, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator".

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