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Still shot from the movie: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

This musical production is a visual treat, telling the tale of an impoverished boy (Peter Ostrum) who wins a tour of Willy Wonka's (Gene Wilder) chocolate factory. But neither he, nor the other lucky contest contestants realize what a life altering expedition they have embarked upon. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 100
Theater Release: 29 Jul 1971
Video Release: 18 Oct 2011
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The Oompa Loompas (little dwarf-like people who work in the chocolate factory) sing, “If the child is a spoiled brat who is to blame? The mother and the father.” Are parents always responsible for their children’s poor behavior?

Charlie pins all his hopes and dreams on finding a winning ticket. Realistically, what kind of odds do you think Charlie was up against? Although the story allows him to attain his desire, does longing for something increase your chances of success in a luck-of-the-draw situation?

In the film, the other winning children are portrayed as greedy or self-centered. Does Charlie’s wish for a ticket demonstrate that he also possesses some of these characteristics?

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