Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

-1971-

The first film adaptation of one of Roald Dahl's works, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is released

1971

-1971-

The first feature film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is released as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971. 

Featuring a screenplay written by Roald Dahl, and with Gene Wilder playing Mr Wonka, the film would go on to become a cult classic, although the process of its creation was fraught - as Roald's biographer Donald Sturrock says in Storyteller, among other things Roald "regretted that the producers had chosen neither Spike Milligan nor Peter Sellers to play the role [of Willy Wonka]."

1971 also saw the American release of The Night Digger, a film starring Roald's wife Patricia Neal and with a screenplay by Roald himself. In the UK, it was known as The Road Builder.

 

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