Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Trivia: Allegedly Roald Dahl once tuned into a TV airing of this film while staying at a hotel. Due to having sworn never to see the movie it took a good 15 minutes before he realized what he was watching and immediately changed the channel in disgust.

Trivia: The 'Golden Goose Egg' scene was shot on Julie Dawn Cole's (Veruca) 13th birthday.

Trivia: The foam sprouting from the machine Wonka takes through the Wonkawash was actually the foam from a number of fire extinguishers.

Trivia: The tinker that startles Charlie outside the gates of the factory quotes from the poem "The Fairies" by William Allingham. "Up the airy mountain, Down the rushing glen."


Trivia: The daffodil that Gene Wilder eats at the end of the pure imagination song was not made of rice paper or anything nice it was made out of wax, that he had to chew and then spit out when the camera stopped rolling.


Trivia: None of the kids were allowed to see the chocolate factory set beforehand, so that their looks of surprise upon seeing it were genuine. But Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca, recently admitted that when she was on the set a few weeks earlier to record her song, a stagehand let her take a look at it.

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Trivia: Augustus' father is stated to be the town's most prominent "parve butcher." "Parve" means "lacking meat and milk", therefore there is no such thing as a "parve butcher."

Trivia: Denise Nickerson received thirteen cavities in her teeth because of all the gum she had to chew on set as Violet. (According to her, there was no sugarless gum back when the movie was filmed).

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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Question: When Charlie goes into the candy shop and gets a Scrumdiddlyumptious bar, he gobbles it down and the man warns him he'll get a stomach ache. The fifth golden ticket had been found (or so Charlie thinks at this point), so he can't be digging for it. I've never understood: what was the point in eating it so fast?


Chosen answer: In the original book, Charlie has an obsession with chocolate that he only satiates once a year on his birthday. Also, at this point in the book, the Bucket family is going through an extremely hard time and Charlie has had less food than he usually would have, so he is EXTREMELY hungry.

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