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‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Battlefield Earth’ and the Secret History of Movie Funding


'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory' - 1971

United Passions, the FIFA-funded movie about the history of FIFA, is a box-office disaster: It took in just $918 during its opening weekend and has not a single positive review on Rotten Tomatoes.

Throughout the 20th century, interest groups have funded mainstream films in the hopes of pushing their agendas. The connections are often subtle — and sometimes they are actively suppressed. The results vary wildly in quality, from the beloved children’s classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory to the critical punching bag Battlefield Earth.

You may have heard of the films on this list — but do you know who funded them?

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