The film, based on Roald Dahl’s beloved story and starring Gene Wilder as reclusive chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka, is one of the most famous children’s films of all time.
And 40 years on, the kids who played the lucky Golden Ticket winners got together on America’s Today show to discuss their favourite moments shooting the movie.
Peter Ostrum, who played the film’s lead Charlie Bucket, says, “I have very fond memories of making the film, working with (Grandpa Joe) Jack Albertson and Gene Wilder, they were both super people to work with.”
Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, revealed she sneaked down to look at the candy-filled set during filming, while Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde, laughed about how she was blue for 72 hours after shooting her famous blueberry scene.
Co-stars Paris Themmen and Michael Bollner also appeared on the show.