Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Release Date: 29th July 2005
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: John August
Producer: Brad Grey & Richard D. Zanuck
Executive Producer: Bruce Berman, Graham Burke & Felicity Dahl

Runtime: 1hr 55mins
Language: English

Synopsis

Charlie Bucket is a kind, loving boy who lives in poverty with his mother, father, and four bedridden grandparents. His mother is unemployed and his father works at a toothpaste factory, responsible for putting the caps on the tubes of toothpaste that come through the line. Down the street is Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, which had recently been reopened after industrial espionage forced him into seclusion and to fire his employees. Charlie’s Grandpa Joe had worked for Wonka directly and was laid off when that happened.

One day, Wonka announces a contest; the children that find the five Golden Tickets wrapped in ordinary Wonka candy bars will be given a full tour of the factory and a chance for an unknown grand prize. Four children quickly claim their prize: the greedy and gluttonous Augustus Gloop from Düsseldorf, the spoiled and rotten Veruca Salt from Buckinghamshire, the competitive and boastful Violet Beauregarde from Atlanta, and the arrogant and aggressive Mike Teavee from Denver. Charlie hopes to win as well, but neither the bar he is given as a birthday present nor the one bought for him by Grandpa Joe contains a ticket. A fifth child in Russia claims to have found the last Ticket. Charlie, on finding a ten-dollar bill, buys a Wonka bar as news breaks that the Russian child’s Ticket was fake; Charlie finds the bar he just bought contains the last Golden Ticket. As he races home, bystanders attempt to buy the Ticket from him. Grandpa George reminds Charlie that money is far more common than the Tickets, and convinces Charlie to keep it. Grandpa Joe offers to accompany him on the factory tour.

On the day of the tour, the children and their chaperons find Wonka to be a strange, lonely individual, acting odd at the mention of “family”. As they proceed with the tour, they discover the fantastical factory is now manned by short humans called Oompa-Loompas. The other four children succumb to temptation, and end up caught in the factory workings before being safely recovered by the Oompa-Loompas, albeit in worse shape than at the start of the tour: Augustus falls into the river of chocolate but is rescued before the processing center, Violet expands into a giant blueberry when she tries an experimental piece of chewing gum, Veruca is thrown away as a “bad nut” by trained squirrels, and Mike is shrunk down to a few inches tall after being the first person transported by Wonka’s new television advertising invention.

Wonka congratulates Charlie as the last remaining child and the winner of the grand prize, to become Wonka’s heir to the factory. However, Wonka forbids Charlie to bring his family to the factory, and Charlie rejects the offer. Charlie comes to learn that Wonka had a troubled past with his father, Wilbur Wonka. Wilbur, a dentist, had forbidden Wonka from eating candy, but once Wonka got a taste, he wanted to become a confectioner himself against his father’s wishes. After running away from home to follow his dream, Wonka later returned to find Wilbur and his home gone completely. Charlie is able to help locate Wilbur and convinces Wonka to visit him. Wonka finds his father has followed his success throughout the years, and the two reunite as a proud father and son. Wonka allows Charlie’s family to move into the factory while he and Charlie plan out new types of candy to make.

Cast

Johnny Depp…as Willy Wonka
Freddie Highmore…as Charlie Bucket
David Kelly…as Grandpa Joe
Geoffrey Holder…as Narrator
Helena Bonham Carter…as Mrs. Bucket
Noah Taylor…as Mr. Bucket
Adam Godley…as Mr. Teavee
James Fox as…Mr. Salt
Deep Roy…as the Oompa-Loompas
Christopher Lee…as Dr. Wilbur Wonka
Missi Pyle…as Mrs. Beauregarde
Franziska Troegner…as Mrs. Gloop
Jordan Fry…as Mike Teavee
Julia Winter…as Veruca Salt
AnnaSophia Robb…as Violet Beauregarde
Philip Wiegratz…as Augustus Gloop
Blair Dunlop…as Young Willy Wonka
Eileen Essell…as Grandma Josephine
David Morris…as Grandpa George
Liz Smith…as Grandma Georgina

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