Great Job, Internet!: Willy Wonka cast shares bittersweet memories as the movie turns 45

Based on a 1964 children’s book by Roald Dahl, Mel Stuart’s hyperglycemic fantasia Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was a modest performer for Paramount Pictures when it was released exactly 45 years ago today, earning $4 million on a $3 million budget. One of its songs, “The Candy Man,” did become a chart topper that year, thanks to a Vegas-style rendition by Sammy Davis Jr., and the film’s score was at least nominated for an Oscar. (It lost.) Funded by the good people at Quaker Oats, the darkly comedic movie about an eccentric, reclusive confectioner and his deathtrap of a factory became a beloved cult classic largely through television airings and various home video releases.

Back in 2015, NBC’s Today Show decided to chat with the cast members of the film and quiz them about their memories of working on the strange project. The Willy …

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