Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie when Mr. Wonka leads both Charlie and Grandpa Joe to the Wonkavator, Wonka spins and presses the button that opens the doors to the Wonkavator. But if you watch closely, you can see he misses the button by an inch.

Correction: That's not true. He presses the button with his pointer finger, although he did reach up there with his middle finger also.

Corrected entry: When Wonka is walking along the path along the red carpet, when he falls forwards to do his trick, you clearly see the straw as a bump under the carpet, to soften his fall.

Correction: I saw no such thing. It was the carpet moving as he rolled.

Corrected entry: When Charlie is running home he gets to his house and goes in. Then the next shot shows him coming into the house. You can see through the door when he opens it and through the door there is another house. In the shot where he is going in his house the other house is not there.

Correction: There is a house, the camera just moves infront of it.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Augustus Gloop's parents are interviewed, the father eats the end of the microphone, but the announcer goes on to ask the mother a question with the mic still intact.

Correction: There are two different reporters in the scene, both with their own mics. The first one we see at the beginning, who does the intro about Augustus, is wearing a black coat and blue shirt. The reporter that asks the first question to Augustus is a different reporter, he's in an olive coat and red scarf. Then the first reporter talks to Mr. Goop and has his mic bitten, you can tell because of the black coat and blue shirt. Then the second reporter, with the red scarf, then asks Mrs. Goop a question.


Correction: Given that there are only five golden tickets in the world, it is likely that a location where someone found one, would attract multiple reporters. It was a different mic for Augustus' mother than his father. The reporters do sound the same, but who are we to say that they were the same. They could have been just similar.

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.

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


Corrected entry: On Charlie's birthday, the two grandpas get him a Wonka, but it isn't a Wonka bar. Why would they think that a golden ticket was in it when Charlie fools them, because the tickets were hidden in Wonka bars?

Correction: Nowhere in the movie does it say that the ticket can't come in the candy that he gets on his birthday. It would be like when M&Ms have a sweepstakes and every kind of M&M is included in it (eg. Peanut, Regular, Peanut Butter, Crunchy).

Corrected entry: When Charlie is watching the TV about the Golden tickets for the first time, he turns around to talk to Grandpa Joe. When he does, the TV is off.

Correction: It was still on but in the shot the camera was below the screen. Also you can still hear the news anchor's voice.

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: 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.

Revealing mistake: When Charlie and Grandpa Joe drink the fizzy lifting drink and are floating in the air you can see the hook that is connected to the wire that Charlie is being held up by.

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Trivia: The novel's writer, Roald Dahl, hated this movie version of his story.

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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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