Mel Stuart, the award-winning director of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 83.
Stuart died in his Los Angeles home after battling cancer, his daughter said.
A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character. Special Features: "Scrumptious Documentary" Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Mouth Watering Commentary With The Wonka Kids, 4 Sing-Along Songs, Vintage 1971 Featurette, Stills Gallery, Theatrical Trailer
A curious candy maker takes 5 lucky children on a magical mystery tour of his establishment. First rate entertainment for kids of all ages!
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Gene Wilder ("Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein") stars in this magical, musical fantasy for the young, and the young at heart. The mysterious candy maker extraordinaire Willy Wonka hides a Golden Ticket inside five of his famous candy bars. The kids who find them are invited on a grand tour of the wondrous, wacky Wonka factory, and a chance for an even grander prize -- if they can resist temptation. The delightful musical score includes the hit song "The Candyman." From Roald Dahl's classic novel, produced by David Wolper ("Roots," "The Thorn Birds") and nominated for an Academy Award.
A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the visit is a test of his character.
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Back at the office, Brian Chanes is authenticating a gobstopper from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Joe then meets with director Mel Stuart, who has some personal items that he is willing to consign. But the big mystery revolves around a possible alternate ending in the original script and Joe is eager to talk to Mel about it. Then, Joe and Jon track down what appears to be Robin's sidecar from the 1960's Batman television series. Of course, there is only one person who can truly authenticate it -- Burt Ward.
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