Watch 'Willy Wonka,' 'Blazing Saddles' in Theaters This Weekend for $5

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In celebration of the life and work of Gene Wilder, who died this week, Warner Bros. and AMC Theaters are teaming up to bring two of his classics back to the big screen. 

Gene Wilder's legacy of comedic genius is so omnipresent that it's almost impossible to imagine a world without it. His performances helped redefine comedy in the 1970s, just as the "New Hollywood" movement changed American cinema. According to the Hollywood Reporter, AMC announced today that "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles will be screened Sept. 3 and 4 at 55 AMC locations nationwide, with tickets for each title costing a standard $5."  

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Willy Wonka, the mythical candy impresario who doesn't suffer the brattiness of children lightly, is one of Wilder's best known roles. The adaptation of Roald Dahl's dark story needed the light touch of Wilder to make it work, and indeed, it's one of his most legendary performances. 

Blazing Saddles, meanwhile, is a genre-subverting Western, one of the many collaborations between Wilder and director Mel Brooks that also included The Producers and Young Frankenstein

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