Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: Untold Stories From Munich, '71

By | July 18, 2019

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In 1971, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, took audiences into a world of pure imagination. The sinister children’s story has become a cult classic among kids and adults alike, many of whom are intrigued by Wilder’s turn as the strange candy man Willy Wonka. In order to make this odd vision of factory life back room deals had to be brokered, Wilder’s demands had to be met, and the heart of a very fickle writer was broken.

We’ve spoken about the Oompa Loompas elsewhere on the site, as well as the snotty children who threaten to bring Wonka’s factory to its knees, but these behind the scenes stories of Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory have yet to be revealed. 

The Film Was Shot In Munich

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source: IMDB

Charlie Bucket is a down on his luck young man who lives with his grandparents in a rundown shack in England just down the street from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Even though the film is filled from credits to credits with English accents, it was actually filmed in Munich, Germany. Rather than film in England or Los Angeles, Munich was chosen because of the film’s low budget of $3 million.

Since most of the film takes place inside of Wonka’s factory there aren’t any overtly Bavarian overtones to the film, but eagle-eyed viewers might notice that early in the movie some of the street signs and billboards are in German, something that didn’t bother Mel Stuart who later explained, "Nobody knows what Munich looks like."