Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: In the scene where Willy Wonka greets his guests, there is a cameraman in a blue shirt in shot just outside the gates on the right as the guests go in. He can be seen filming the guests and Wonka, and his footage is included in the film. In the next shot when Wonka checks the golden tickets, he has gone. (00:43:57)

Correction: The camera could have been news coverage of Wonka opening his factory. There were several cameras in the scene.

William Bergquist

Corrected entry: During the search for Golden Tickets, a newscaster mentions that the search is in its 43rd day, which means that even more time has passed by the time Charlie finds his ticket on September 30th. Since the tour of the factory is Oct. 1st, this puts the start of the contest in early August or sooner. Yet, the kids are in school and the clothes being worn indicate cool weather.

Correction: This is based on a completely incorrect assumption - that the film is set in the USA. The only good look we get at the city is at the end, and it looks distinctly mid-European. So, school term ("semester") times (and climate) may be totally different to the U.S.

Corrected entry: When the German kid is stuck in the plastic pipe (after falling in the chocolate river), the pressure of the chocolate forces him out. But while he is shot out of the tube at a high rate of speed, the chocolate that forced him out moves slowly up the tube.

Correction: After the kid was shot through the tube, the pressure needed to equal causing it to move slowly at first.

Corrected entry: None of the kids are still acting except for Julie Dawn Cole who played Veruca Salt. Peter Ostrum (Charlie) is now a Vet.

Correction: Thats not entirely true, Parris Themmen (Mike Teevee) has made uncredited appearances in several films, including The Doors and The Big Lebowski.

Corrected entry: The paddle on the paddleboat first goes counter-clockwise, then as they enter the tunnel the paddle goes clockwise. It's not to do with the speed of rotation.


Correction: It has to do with the rotation. It's spinning so fast that it appears to be going backwards.

Corrected entry: When Charlie leaves the candy store with the winning wonka bar, he puts it in his pocket. But the next scene shows him taking it out of his bag.

Correction: They never actually show him put the bar in his pocket or in his bag. If you look closely you can see that he is counting the remaining coins he has and putting them into his pocket. He must have put the candy bar in his bag while walking from the counter to the door, which is not shown in the movie.

Corrected entry: When the eggs fall in the Eggdicator, they fall about a second after they get on. The same happens to Veruca, but Mr. Salt falls as soon as he touches it.

Correction: The trap door was still open from when his daughter had gone down, so he just jumped in.

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Corrected entry: In the scene when Willy Wonka and the four remaining people arrive at the Wonkavision room, there are only three white protective suits, but when they enter the room all five people are wearing jumpsuits.

Correction: In the widescreen version, more white suits are visible to the right of the screen, they're just not visible on the cropped version.


Corrected entry: When Charlie, Grandpa Joe, and Wonka are in the wonkavator, Wonka looks at something that says altometer, and states "If we don't gain enough speed, we'll never make it through." Altitude however is the distance you are from the ground when in the air, not the speed that you are going.

Correction: He's worried that they won't gain enough speed by the time they reach the altitude of the roof. Therefore, he is looking at the altimeter to see how close to the roof they are.


Corrected entry: When Wonka is handing out the Everlasting Gobstoppers, when one of the children says "did you say everlasting Gobstopper?" you can see Wonka mouthing out her lines.

Correction: He wasn't mouthing her lines. He knew she was going to say "Did you say everlasting gobstoppers?" because it's kind of a crazy thing so he was mocking her and being annoying.

Corrected entry: Right up until everyone gets off the Hsaw Aknow vehicle, Mrs. TeeVee has a black purse with a gold chain. Yet when they are all in the Wonkavision room, the purse she has is a plain white one.

Correction: Judging by the fact that everyone is dressed in white now, it is likely to assum that Wonka or an Oompa Loompa gave her a white purse instead of her black one.

Corrected entry: Not only does Mike spell his last name T.V. on the contract and the credits say TeeVee, but when they are interviewing him after he won the ticket, and elsewhere too, it's spelled TeaVee.

Correction: Mike spells his last name on the contract T.V. because he is a Television freak and wants his last name spelled that way, as for the changed spelling elsewhere, I can't help you.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Mike TeeVee has been transmitted through the TV, you can clearly see him standing on a black stage type platform, which you shouldn't be able to see. (01:29:10)

Correction: You can see him standing on a black platform, you then see him step down off the platform. The fact that you see him step off the platform while still in the TV indicates that this is not a mistake.


Corrected entry: The boat on the chocolate river is actually running on rails. You can clearly see the tassels on the roof of the boat jerking as it moves and even the motion of the boat in a distant shot is that it surges forward and backward, instead of a smooth motion.

Correction: This could be Wonka's design. It sure would be easier to control by him and his crew if it's set to a rail rather than floating freely.


Corrected entry: When Charlie is complaining about the cabbage water, both grandmas' voices are heard. But, when we hear both voices, Grandma Georgina is on screen but her mouth isn't moving. You can tell the second voice is not the mother, who is the only other woman in the house.

Correction: It is in fact just the mother and Grandma Josephine's voices being heard, Grandma Georgina doesn't say anything. The second voice does not belong to the mother but the first one does, as you can tell.

Corrected entry: When the candyman sells Charlie the Scrumdiviliunctions Bar (whatever), Charlie gives him a quarter. He gets no change, but he buys another regular bar for Grandpa Joe. The candyman didn't know he would buy another bar, so did he intend to keep the 15 cents change? And he still didn't give back the nickel remaining.

Correction: As the film is not set in a particular country or city, the coin is not a quarter and could be an even amount like 20 pence, 2 shillings, 50 cents, etc. that would exactly cover the cost of 2 candy bars. Since Charlie just stands there and the coin is worth 2 candy bars, the man waits to see if he wants change or another bar. BTW, Scrumdidilyumptious.

Corrected entry: Why would Mr Wonka's loyal Oompa-Loompas shrink Mike when Mr Wonka was shouting 'No, don't.'

Correction: It's probably because he actually wanted them to. As we see later, Wonka seems to have planned the entire chain of events out. He gives each child a test which all of them fail. He just "keeps up the act" to make it look like the kids aren't being tested.


Corrected entry: Mrs. TeeVee says that her son only eats TV dinners and has never been to the table. Why didn't she just move the table in front of the TV so they could have a nice family meal?


Correction: Perhaps because Mike's parents wouldn't want him to become loud and excited (as he obviously is known to do) and ruin what could have been a "nice family meal."

Corrected entry: Where on earth did Grandpa Joe get that second candy bar that Charlie opened? Neither he nor any of the other grandparents could have bought it, since they never get out of bed, Charlie couldn't have since he was surprised when he saw it, and Mrs. Bucket probably didn't since she wouldn't approve of wasting Grandpa Joe's tobacco money and getting Charlie's hopes up about the Golden Ticket. It can't be the reason from the book either - in that Grandpa sends Charlie out to get it with his hoarded dime, but in the film he's just somehow acquired it.

Correction: Charlie's mother was the only one (besides Charlie) who could have gotten the Wonka bar. Also, she wouldn't have had a problem spending money Charlie earned for something that Charlie wanted over spending it on something as un-healthy and un-wanted (he gave it up, remember) as tobacco for Grandpa Joe.

Corrected entry: When Violet eats the gum and turns into a blueberry, Wonka tells the Oompa Loompas to roll her to the juicing room. When they start rolling her around, you can see that it's not Violet, but a rather large blue ball with a wig glued to it.

Correction: In an interview with the girl that played Violet, she said she was inside the costume the entire time they were moving her around, she just didn't move.

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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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