Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Corrected entry: Willy Wonka says the reason he sent out the tickets was because he needed a child to run the factory. However, there were many adults trying to find a ticket. All five ticket winners could've easily been adults. So his plan could've very likely failed, and he could've easily been forced to give the factory to an adult, even though he said he wouldn't trust one.


Correction: Wonka would have easily thought of this, and considering one of his aides was there at each time, he planted the bars for kids to find.

Ssiscool Premium member

Correction: Given that Slugworth/Wilkinson was at every location when the ticket was found, Wonka obviously didn't simply put them in random bars.


Corrected entry: In the Chocolate Room, there are several see-through pipes coming out of the chocolate. The chocolate is supposed to be being sucked upwards in all of them. However, in some of the pipes it is actually flowing downwards, since it was easier for the film-makers to only pump it upwards in some of them and then send it into the other pipes to go back down. This is confirmed when Augustus Gloop gets stuck in one of the up-pipes - there is no chocolate at all flowing in one of the down-pipes while he is stuck in there.

Correction: There is no proof saying that the chocolate went directly up in every pipe. No one has ever said that the chocolate would not go through multiple pipes.

Corrected entry: When Mr. Turkentine asks for Charlie's help with an experiment, he states that two of the main ingredients he would be using are Nitric Acid and Gylcerine. He then goes on two mention that when poured in equal amounts would create a very powerful wart remover. In truth, Nitric Acid and Gylcerine when mixed together actually creates Nitroglycerine, a very powerful liquid explosion and creating it in a classroom is criminally irresponsible.

Correction: Mr. Turkentine is a jaded, bored teacher trying to inject humor into his lessons. His poor delivery about the mix being a very powerful wart remover is a weak joke that went over the heads of his students.


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the scene with the golden egg lying geese, a female voice with a British accent that is supposed to be Verruca's voice but is obviously not her voice asks "Are they chocolate eggs?"

Elizabeth Hunt

Correction: How is it "obviously" not Veruca's? It sure sounds like her.

Corrected entry: After Charlie finds the last ticket, "Slugworth" stops him to make an offer. As he talks, he mentions a better home, good food and comfort for the family. It wouldn't be possible for him to know Charlie's entire situation in the couple of minutes since the ticket was found.

Movie Nut

Correction: As Willy Wonka tells Charlie near the end of he movie, "Slugworth" is really Mr. Wilkinson who works for Wonka. By no coincidence does Slugworth/Wilkinson shows up whenever a Golden Ticket is found, it is possible Wilkinson planted them to get the appropriate mix of children (spoiled rich, gluttonous, poor, etc.) Wonka would want to test to see who is worthy to inherit his factory. Slugworth would no doubt have cash on hand (provided by Wonka) to tempt a poor child with money to get the secret of the Everlasting Gobstoppers to test the child's reliability.


Corrected entry: When in the boat tunnel, we see a brief picture of 'Slugworth' being shown in the background. Both Charlie and Grandpa Joe react to it, even though there's no reason for Grandpa Joe to. He couldn't possibly think it was Slugworth, given how it was actually just an actor, Mr. Wilkinson, whom he has never even seen before.

Correction: Grandpa Joe does not react to the photo of Slugworth, but to Charlie's calling and grabbing him.


Correction: Correct. Slugworth gave Charlie a thumbs up before entering the gates. Charlie told his grandpa that was him to which grandpa looked at Slugworth. Therefore he would recognize him on the tunnel wall.

Correction: While waiting with the other winners to enter the factory, Charlie points out Sligworth to Grandpa Joe. They both recognize his picture in the tunnel and react the same, as they both know what he looks like and what his intentions are.

Corrected entry: When Willy Wonka plays the musical code for entering the Chocolate Room, Mike Teevee's mother says "Rachmaninoff." In fact, it is the introduction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro."


Correction: That's the whole point. She is showing off, trying to pretend she is cultured and classy, whereas in fact she is an ignoramus.

Corrected entry: When everyone walks over to the "hand hooks" you can see that one of the fingers on the hooks moves before they grab everyone's belongings.


Correction: So? Wonka never explains how they work, so there's no reason we know of for the hands not to have some degree of movement.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Willy Wonka is walking out of the factory with his cane, Charlie and all the kids are wearing heavy coats, hats and scarves, yet there are green leaves on all the trees you can see, signifying spring/summer.

Correction: That just means that the weather was unseasonably cold.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: When Charlie's teacher is giving a lesson on percentages, he tells Charlie that he will use the number 200 as a means of calculating a simple percentage because can't figure out what percentage 2 out of 1,000 yields. This is simple to figure out even without a calculator. As someone who is sanctioned to be teaching mathematics, he should know this.

Phaneron Premium member

Correction: Yes, he should, but apparently he is either lazy or not a very good teacher, so he simplifies the lesson. It's meant to be humorous.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: During Veruca's "I Want It Now" song, after she says "I want a bean feast", Mr. Salt says, "Oh, one of those"¬óbut his mouth doesn't move.

Correction: Look closely; his mouth does move. It just looks like it doesn't because he is grimacing in frustration.

Corrected entry: At Wonka's factory gates (coming from his entrance door towards the gates on the right) there's a road traffic sign which states '(you are on a) priority road' on the road is bending to the left. I presume the set (gates, carpets, office) was build on an existing junction.

Correction: The scene is not built on a road but in Munich Gasswerks gate.

Corrected entry: When Salt is about to go down the shoot in the scene with the golden geese, she fades away before she gets a chance to drop because she doesn't actually drop. (01:19:20)


Correction: I just watched it over and over and I can't imagine that the shot was done any way other than just dropping her. Her hair flies up as she goes down, the movement is very natural, there is no cut to mask the shots. She definitely drops down the chute.

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: Actually in the commentary with the actors she stated that actually did drop right onto a mattress set in place for her and she was told to keep her arms glued to her sides or they would've been ripped off by the sudden movement of the fall.

Correction: Not only that, but there was a cute PA down there and she kept her arms to her sides because she didn't want her dress flying up in front of him.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: In the opening scene at Bill's Candy Store, Bill is giving out candy to everyone and taking no money with poor Charlie looking in the window because he cannot afford any.


Correction: The other kids' parents, being affluent, could have just opened an account with the candy store. Charlie knows his family can't afford the candy, so he is left with just looking.


Corrected entry: When Charlie is first seen walking up to the gates of the Wonka factory there are just the street sounds. Then suddenly the "Tinkerer" (the guy with the knife cart) gives the dissertation about fear of little men (a poem of some sort) then proceeds to leave clanking and clattering on the cobble stone street. He should have either been visible on the first shot of Charlie as he walked up to the gates or heard as he approached later on to give his dissertation.

James Rowell

Correction: While Charlie was concentrating on the factory he didn't hear the tinkerer come up, hence the silent approach. After the tinker leave he has Charlie's attention and therefore you can hear the sound.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie where Charlie gives the gobstopper back, Gene Wilder's hair is all screwed up, but the next second it's fine.

Correction: This is not necessarily a mistake: It was done on purpose to show how crazy he is.

Corrected entry: When everybody moved to the side of the boat to exit onto the dock, the boat should have leaned in that direction from the imbalance, but it stayed steady.

Correction: The boat's ballast keeps it balanced to prevent tipping.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Before the ride on the Wonkamobile, an Oompa-Loompa pours a liquid from a green bottle into the Wonkamobile, but in the next shot he is pouring it out of a brown bottle.

Correction: All the Oompa Loompas look the same if not very similar, and there was more than one Oompa Loompa fueling the Wonkamobile. It is most likely a different Oompa Loompa with a brown bottle took his place after the green bottle was empty. Either that, or the other Oompa Loompa was fueling the other side. The first shot was up close so we don't know what side it was showing.

Corrected entry: Gene Wilder also played the Paraguayan newscaster.

Correction: No, he didn't. That isn't Gene Wilder.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When Augustus Gloop's parents are interviewed, the father eats the end of the microphone, but the announcer goes on to ask the mother a question with the mic still intact.

Correction: Given that there are only five golden tickets in the world, it is likely that a location where someone found one, would attract multiple reporters. It was a different mic for Augustus' mother than his father. The reporters do sound the same, but who are we to say that they were the same. They could have been just similar.

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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Willy Wonka: Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.
Charlie Bucket: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.

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Trivia: In the beginning of the movie, when the candy store owner is singing the candy man song, there's a spot towards the end of the song where he lifts up his counter to let all the kids in. Watch the little blonde girl as she gets walloped in the chin by the counter. (00:04:30)

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