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Oliver! (1968)

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Lionel Bart (book), Vernon Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Moody ... Fagin
Shani Wallis ... Nancy
Oliver Reed ... Bill Sikes
Harry Secombe ... Bumble
Mark Lester ... Oliver
Jack Wild ... The Artful Dodger
Hugh Griffith ... Magistrate
Joseph O'Conor ... Mr. Brownlow
Peggy Mount ... Mrs. Bumble
Leonard Rossiter ... Sowerberry
Hylda Baker Hylda Baker ... Mrs. Sowerberry
Kenneth Cranham ... Noah Claypole
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Bedwin
Sheila White ... Bet
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Dr. Grimwig
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Storyline

Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Much Much More Than a Musical! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Oliver! See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2013, this is the last G-rated, family film to win the Best Picture Academy Award, as well as the last family film to win the Academy Award for Best Director (Carol Reed) until, 44 years later, Ang Lee won the Academy Award for directing the 3D, live action family film Life of Pi (2012) though others have been nominated: Norman Jewison for Fiddler on the Roof (1971), George Lucas for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Steven Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Chris Noonan for Babe (1995), and Martin Scorsese for Hugo (2011). There have been other G-rated films nominated for Best Picture: Hello, Dolly! (1969), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Babe (1995), and Toy Story 3 (2010); as well as other family films: Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Finding Neverland (2004), Up (2009), The Blind Side (2009), and Hugo (2011). See more »

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During the number "I'd Do Anything" Nancy's companion is seen with unbound hair, then a half ponytail, then unbound again. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Brownlow: In the eyes of the law, you are the more guilty of the two, for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.
Mr. Bumble: If that's what the law supposes, sir, then the law is a ass! If that be the eyes of the law, sir, then the law is a bachelor!
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Ron Moody and Boys
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I consider Oliver! the movie to be my mate.
5 November 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Charles Dickens famous novel of an orphan boy, Oliver Twist, who escapes from his poor life to seek his fame and fortune in London, is adapted as a glossy musical.

Who would have thought that a story from the brilliant Dickens could be so sweet and endearing? So it be with Carol Reed's (Best Director Winner) unforgettable 1968 Best Picture Winner. Yes it's some way away from the essence of the source, those in need of that should be seeking out David Lean's fabulous 1948 version, but with an array of wonderful tunes and choreography, this Oliver is a treat for all the family. The cast are uniformly strong, notably Ron Moody (Fagin), Oliver Reed (who as Bill Sykes is probably playing himself!), Mark Lester (Oliver) and the fabulous Jack Wild (The Artful Dodger). While Lionel Bart's songs are as timeless as they are engaging.

The 60s was a tough decade for cinematic musicals, with many of them turning out to be bloated exercises in tedium. But Oliver! is one of the shining lights in the genre, a true uplifter guaranteed to have the feet a tapping and the smile firmly implanted on ones face. So if you have yet to see and be charmed by it? Come on in, join our number and consider yourself one of us. 8/10


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