Dahl's work has a streak of cruelty in it which children familiar with such fairy tales as Hansel and Gretel quickly latch on to. Most of the children who win a tour of a chocolate factory come to decidedly sticky ends. Wilder plays Wonka superbly, at times seeming firm but fair and at others downright perverse. Keep an eye out for the scene where the Paraguayan newsreader holds up the photo of the man whose chocolate bar contained a lucky ticket; the photo is of Nazi exile Martin Bormann.
Director: Mel Stuart Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum