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Oliver! (1968)

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Carol Reed
Charles Dickens (freely adapted from "Oliver Twist")
Lionel Bart (book)
Release Date:
5 October 1968 (Japan) more
Family / Musical / Crime / Drama more
More of a Masterpiece Than a Musical! [re-release] more
Plot Outline:
Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. more
Plot Keywords:
Sadist / Jewels / Grandfather / Cockney / Gruel more
Won 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations more
User Comments:
Broadway to Hollywood transition...SUCCESS!!! more


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Lionel Bart's Oliver! (UK) (poster title)
153 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 more
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints) / 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) / Mono (35 mm optical prints)
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Romulus Films more

Fun Stuff

As of 2005, this is the last G-rated film to win the Best Picture Academy Award. more
Continuity: In the "I'd do anything" scene, Bet's hair changes more
Oliver Twist: Please sir, I want some more.
Mr. Bumble: More?
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in "Family Guy: Let's Go to the Hop (#2.14)" (2000) more
It's a Fine Life more


What are the three scenes inspired or taken from Dickens novel that were not in the stage version?
6 out of 7 people found the following comment useful:-
Broadway to Hollywood transition...SUCCESS!!!, 1 July 2005
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

Oliver! the musical is a favorite of mine. The music, the characters, the story. It all just seems perfect. In this rendition of the timeless classic novel turned stage musical, director Carol Reed brings the Broadway hit to life on the movie screen.

The transition from musical to movie musical is not an easy one. You have to have the right voices, the right set, the right script, and the right play. All signs point to yes for this play. It almost appears that it was written for the screen!

Our story takes place in jolly old England where a boy named Oliver manages to work his way out of the orphanage. He winds his way through the country to London where he meets up with a group of juvenile delinquents, headed by Dodger, the smart talking, quick handed pick-pocket. The leader of this gang is named Fagin, an older fellow who sells all the stolen goods.

But all is not well in London town when Bill Sykes played by Oliver Reed and his loving girlfriend Nancy get tangled up with Oliver, Fagin and his young troops, and the law. What ensues is a marvelous tale of love, affection, and great musical numbers.

Whether or not you like musicals or not, one listen to these tunes and you will be humming them all day long. Oliver! is a triumph on and off the stage and is a timeless work of art.

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