Mel Stuart
1972, USA, 100 minutes

Sunday, 3.21, 12:00pm

Our Sunday family matinee is a scrumpdillyicious classic. It's everybody's non-pollutionary, anti-institutionary, pro-confectionary factory of fun! This one earned a special place in our hearts when we were young, impressionable and on a non-stop sugar-rush.

One day, the mysterious Wonka Chocolate Factory announces a contest where five lucky winners (and their guests) will receive a factory tour, as well as a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. The world goes wild! Five golden tickets are hidden in bars of Wonka Chocolate and a global feeding frenzy follows.

Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe are poor - but (reasonably) pure of heart. They stumble across the last ticket and join the other winners; Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teevee. The 'lucky' winners finally meet the reclusive Wonka, and embark on the tour of a lifetime (which may be their last).

This is probably the only children's film where the title character is directly responsible for the (apparent) deaths of the young protagonists, while his mutant slaves labor in the chocolate mines. They don't make them like this anymore (until the proposed remake next year). Don't forget to bring an Everlasting Gobstopper (or two).

Willy Wonka was nominated for an OscarT and a Golden GlobeT in 1972 and lost both awards to Fiddler on the Roof. Huh?!? Somebody should remake that Fiddler movie instead.

All Oompah Loompahs who escape from Wonka's sweatshop will receive free admission to this screening.

- Bruce Fletcher