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Oliver! (1968)

Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

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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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"OLIVER!" is the Best Picture of the Year! [post-Oscar] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Musical

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27 September 1968 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000, 31 January 1980
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(35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cast rehearsed for 6 months before a single frame was shot. See more »

Goofs

In "Who will Buy", just after the school girls are pushed into the pool, a family leaves a house and the mother is wearing hat and clothing more appropriate to the 1890s rather than the 1830s. She has on a large hat with a brim as opposed to a bonnet and her dress is definitively from a later era. See more »

Quotes

Noah Claypole: Your mother was a regular, right-down bad 'un.
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Soundtracks

Reviewing the Situation
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Ron Moody
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A true work of art...excellent songs, amazing performances...
28 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Oliver!" is a vast improvement over the marvelous Broadway stage version, opening up the scenes with the ability to expand the range of the material and still remain faithful to the Dickens story. Brimming with unforgettable songs and dances (that choreography by Onna White is timeless), it is so well cast--down to the smallest roles--and so faithful to the spirit of Dickens' work that you can no longer imagine that classic without the songs.

Fagin is played to perfection by Ron Moody. His "You Gotta Pick A Pocket Or Two" is just one of the highlights incorporating clever lyrics and great choreography. The boys who kidnap Oliver are a rowdy lot, looking every bit the ruffians they're supposed to be. The best of the lot is Jack Wild's Artful Dodger, leading the gang in "Consider Yourself".

But not all is light and cheery. The darker aspects of the story are sometimes a little too graphic for my taste, although all of the performances are extremely well played, including Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes. The scenes involving his demise are so melodramatic they seem to belong to another film.

Whatever the faults may be, including a rather extended running time, there is scarcely a dull moment. With songs like "Who Will Buy?" and "Where Is Love?" -- not to mention "Food, Glorious Food" -- you will find yourself falling under the spell of this great musical. Highly recommended and fully deserving of its Best Picture Oscar.


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