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At Theaters: 7/15/2005 On Video: 11/8/2005
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449967
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.
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Fantasy Adventure - This adaptation of the classic children's novel is not a sweet musical like the 1971 adaptation, but more of a wacky, somewhat warped comedy. There are darker, weirder touches to the story that will appeal to adults and possibly affect sensitive parents, but on the whole it is something the family can enjoy.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Johnny Depp FINDING NEVERLAND, SECRET WINDOW
Freddie Highmore FINDING NEVERLAND
David Kelly WAKING NED DEVINE
Helena Bonham Carter NOVOCAINE, PLANET OF THE APES, FIGHT CLUB
Noah Taylor LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
Missi Pyle AS GOOD AS IT GETS, GALAXY QUEST
James Fox THE PRINCE AND ME
Deep Roy BIG FISH, THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN
Christopher Lee STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES
Director: Tim Burton BIG FISH, PLANET OF THE APES, SLEEPY HOLLOW
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Production Notes Heading
Bringing Roald Dahl's Classic Story to Screen
Casting the Characters
Building Wonka's World
The Chocolate River
The Oompa-Loompas and the Squirrels
About the Music and the IMAX Experience
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PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A girl is attacked by squirrels.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Elaborate sequences on elevators and boats.
COMEDY: Silly verbal and physical gags, many involving kids.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good The mixture of the gothic and the jaunty makes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a sometimes topsy-turvy experience...Lovers of Dahl's book, however, will almost certainly appreciate what Burton has wrought.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' has its own life and energy, generated Charlie and Grandpa Joe and their wacky household, by the other kids, by the special effects, and by the Oompa Loompas. While Willy pursues his mysterious concerns, the adventures go on without him.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good Dahl's familiar tale feels extraordinary and dreamlike thanks to Burton's creative interpretation. It emerges as the summer's most visually arresting escapist adventure.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 239 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
31
Very High
97%
13-19Teens (M)
27
Very High
96%
13-19Teens (F)
47
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
30
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
38
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
27
High
89%
30+Adults (F)
39
Very High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 239 moviegoer opinions. OUTSTANDING OPINIONS FROM BOTH YOUNG AND OLD! It's very rare to see such a high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions across all age groups when the movie is so clearly targeted at children. DON'T MISS "CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY."


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Most nights in the Bucket home, dinner is a watered-down bowl of cabbage soup, which young Charlie gladly shares with his mother (HELENA BONHAM CARTER) and father (NOAH TAYLOR) and both pairs of grandparents. Theirs is a tiny, tumbledown, drafty old house but it is filled with love. Every night, the last thing Charlie sees from his window is the great factory, and he drifts off to sleep dreaming about what might be inside.

For nearly fifteen years, no one has seen a single worker going in or coming out of the factory, or caught a glimpse of Willy Wonka himself, yet, mysteriously, great quantities of chocolate are still being made and shipped to shops all over the world. 

One day Willy Wonka makes a momentous announcement. He will open his famous factory and reveal "all of its secrets and magic” to five lucky children who find golden tickets hidden inside five randomly selected Wonka chocolate bars. 

Nothing would make Charlie's family happier than to see him win but the odds are very much against him as they can only afford to buy one chocolate bar a year, for his birthday. 

Indeed, one by one, news breaks around the world about the children finding golden tickets and Charlie's hope grows dimmer. First there is gluttonous Augustus Gloop, who thinks of nothing but stuffing sweets into his mouth all day, followed by spoiled Veruca Salt, who throws fits if her father doesn't buy her everything she wants. Next comes Violet Beauregarde, a champion gum chewer who cares only for the trophies in her display case, and finally surly Mike Teavee, who's always showing off how much smarter he is than everyone else. 

But then, something wonderful happens. Charlie finds some money on the snowy street and takes it to the nearest store for a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, thinking only of how hungry he is and how good it will taste. There, under the wrapper is a flash of gold. It's the last ticket. Charlie is going to the factory! His Grandpa Joe (DAVID KELLY) is so excited by the news that he springs out of bed as if suddenly years younger, remembering a happier time when he used to work in the factory, before Willy Wonka closed its gates to the town forever. The family decides that Grandpa Joe should be the one to accompany Charlie on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. 

Once inside, Charlie is dazzled by one amazing sight after another. Wondrous gleaming contraptions of Wonka's own invention churn, pop and whistle, producing ever new and different edible delights. Crews of merry Oompa-Loompas mine mountains of fudge beside a frothy chocolate waterfall or ride a translucent, spun-sugar, dragon-headed boat down a chocolate river past crops of twisted candy cane trees and edible mint-sugar grass. Marshmallow cherry creams grow on shrubs, ripe and sweet. Elsewhere, a hundred trained squirrels on a hundred tiny stools shell nuts for chocolate bars faster than any machine and Wonka himself pilots an impossible glass elevator that rockets sideways, slantways and every which way you can think of through the vast and fantastic factory. 

Almost as intriguing as his fanciful inventions is Willy Wonka himself, a gracious but most unconventional host. He thinks about almost nothing but candy – except, every once in a while, when he suddenly seems to be thinking about something that happened long ago, that he can't quite talk about. It's been said that Wonka hasn't stepped outside the factory for years. Who he truly is and why he has devoted his life to making sweets Charlie can only guess. 

Meanwhile, the other children prove to be a rotten bunch, so consumed with themselves that they scarcely appreciate the wonder of Wonka's creations. One by one, their greedy, spoiled, mean-spirited or know-it-all personalities lead them into all kinds of trouble that force them off the tour before it's even

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