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Veruca Salt is one of the four main characters of the film, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is one of the four bratty children to “win" a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. An annoying girl that wants everything she sees and nothing stops her from asking for things she wants. She is portrayed by Julia Winter. She is a British/English girl from England in Buckinghamshire County.
Veruca is a beautiful young preteen girl with dark curly shoulder-length dark chocolate brown hair, confident light sky blue eyes, and fair skin.
She is wears a long-sleeved gray fur coat over a sparkling light pink knee-length dress with a button-up top and a light pink leather belt around her waist, black patent leather double strap Mary Jane shoes with black soles, white tights with pink polka-dots, and she has a light pink leather purse with a light pink leather strap slung over her left shoulder.
When receipting the GT, she wears a long-sleeved navy blue blazer over a white collared, button up flannel top with a maroon red necktie attached to the collar, beige leggings, white ankle-length socks, and black patent leather casual shoes with black soles.
In another scene, she wears a white collared blouse with short puffed sleeves, a maroon red bow attached to the collar, a knee-high plaid jumper dress in bright red, maroon red, and festive red stripes with a dark red skirt, white tights and black patent leather Mary Janes with black soles.
Veruca is a spoiled brat, begging her father for everything - even if she doesn't have to work for it - and having a fit when she doesn't get it. For example, because of her desire for a golden ticket, her father Mr. Salt forces all of his workers to unwrap an unholy amount of chocolate, with Veruca throwing a tantrum when the search takes too long. When one of the workers found the ticket, Mr. Salt took it away from her and gave it to Veruca, who, instead of saying thank you, immediately asks for a pony.
Her spoiled nature is showcased all throughout the tour; her desire to win the factory helps create a rivalry between Violet Beauregarde, and she repeatedly asks her father to buy something from Wonka's factory, including an Oompa-Loompa (in a deleted scene) and squirrel workers. This leads to her eventual downfall, as Wonka's refusal to sell her a squirrel caused her to bypass the gate and attempt to take one, leading her to be sent down the garbage chute. This shows that Veruca doesn't care about the safety of herself or others, nor does she care if she's violating the rules, as long as she gets what she wants.
Probably as a result of her spoiled nature, Veruca is also shown to have many other traits. She is shown to be cynical to others, which is showcased when she joyfully watches Violet swell up into a blueberry, as well as proud and bragging, showcased when Veruca asks Wonka whether Violet would be a blueberry forever, implying that she sees Violet's condition as her trophy.
Nut Sorting Room
In the factory, Veruca wants a squirrel and asks her father for one. When Wonka states that they are not for sale, Veruca becomes angry and tells her father that she wants one. She then proceeds to go under the gate that guards the squirrel's workplace and tries to steal a squirrel from the nut room. At first, all of the squirrels look at her in bewilderment, however, when Veruca reaches for one, all of them start to leap at her and attack her, as well as clawing and pinning her down. As she screams for her father, Mr. Salt becomes fearful when Wonka tells him that the garbage chute in the middle of the room leads to an incinerator, and Mr. Salt panics as Wonka tries to find the correct key for the gate.
Meanwhile, the squirrel that she tried to grab crawls onto her chest in front of her face and knocks onto her head, before announcing to all the squirrels that it is a "bad nut." The squirrels then proceed to drag Veruca to the garbage chute, with Veruca desperately trying to cling to the floor, her nails scraping on the floor and leaving marks on the floor. The squirrels then let go as Veruca, screaming and crying, gets sent down the garbage chute to her fate. The squirrels then go back to their work, as if nothing had happened.
At the end of the tour, Veruca is the third to leave the factory, with both her and her father being covered in garbage. The two were spared from being burned by the incinerator as Wonka had informed the last two families in the group that the incinerator was broken. When Veruca sees the Great Glass Elevator, she demands her dad to buy one for her, in which her father, having learned a valuable parenting lesson from the Oompa Loompas, responds that she was getting nothing but a bath. Not only did he stopped giving her anything she wants; Rupert Salt realized that him and his wife had been constantly spoiling their daughter. Veruca then pouts, with her father giving her an angry glare.
*”Daddy, I want a flying glass elevator.”
- "But I want it!"
Veruca's song is a 1970's Hippie song (with the sitar in the background) It is sung right after she falls down the garbage chute. It describes how rotten she is (figuratively, and literally).
Veruca Salt, the little brute, has just gone down the garbage chute,
And she will meet, as she descends...
A rather different set of friends, a rather different set of friends!
A fish head, for example caught this morning from a halibut.
An oyster from an oyster stew.
A steak that no one else would chew.
And lots of other things as well, each with it's rather horrid smell!
These are Veruca's new found friends, that she will meet as she descends
These are Veruca's new found friends!
Who went and spoiled her, who indeed?
Who pandered to her every need?
Who turned her into such a brat?
Who are the culprits, who did that?
The guilty ones, now this is sad
Are dear old mum and loving Dad.
- Veruca Salt was played by Swedish-born British actress Julia Winter. The 1971 Veruca was played by English actress Julie Dawn Cole.
- Veruca is the only child to be absent for her Oompa Loompa song because she already went missing inside the garbage chute when Mr. Salt, her dad, ends up to look for her where she is.
- Julia Winter joked that they chose her because she has an "evil spirit" inside of her.
- Veruca, along with Mike Teavee, are the only children who are not directly mean to Charlie Bucket.
- Her mansion in the movie is an actual house. It was filmed at the famous Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, U.K.
- Veruca has one pony, two dogs, four cats, six bunny rabbits, two parakeets, three canaries, one green parrot, one turtle and one "silly old" hamster, as she described it.
- She’s a girly-girl.
- According to Tim Burton, Veruca talking about her "marvelous pets" is actually a dialogue error.
- Her mom doesn't have any lines in the movie.
- She’s the only child who doesn’t interact with Charlie.
- Veruca isn’t an actual given name.
- There is an error in the scene where she falls down the garbage chute. When the squirrels push her down, she is lying on her side, yet when it cuts to an inside view of the chute where she slides down, she is sliding down on her back (See 1a and 1b).
- She was going to be called Elvira Entwistle in an earlier rough draft of the book.