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Oliver! (1968)

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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.

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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 »

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Drama | Family | Musical

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Release Date:

9 October 1968 (Japan)  »

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Oliver!  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,800,000 (USA)
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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

Both Jack Wild and Oliver Reed were wearing lifts in the film. Although Wild was 15 at the time of filming, he was actually shorter than nine-year-old Mark Lester. See more »

Goofs

The window cleaners who appear during the song "Who Will Buy" are using aluminium ladders painted brown. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Fagin: [singing] Can somebody change? It's possible - maybe it's strange, but it's possible. All my dearest companions and treasures, I've left them behind/ I'll turn a leaf over/ and who can tell what I may find?
[he starts to walk towards London Bridge when Dodger appears behind a post-box]
Fagin: Yes? Young man? And do I have the honor of your acquaintance?
[Dodger shows him a wallet he has just stolen]
Fagin: Lined?
Dodger: Only the best. Lovely workmanship, ain't it?
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Version of The DuPont Show of the Month: Oliver Twist (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Is Love?
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Kathe Green
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This is proof that British film studios of the 1960's could provide high quality productions
11 June 2005 | by (Virginia, United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky to see "Oliver!" in 1968 on a big cinema screen in Boston when I was a young teenager. Later, during the summer of 1969, I was pleased to see this film was still playing at a prominent cinema in Leicester Square, London, after it had won the Academy Award for Best Picture of the previous year.

Th success of "Oliver!" on both the stage and screen reminded me that not all talent begins on Broadway and ends in Hollywood. This legendary story by Charles Dickens, which is part of the literary heritage of all English-speaking people, was admirably brought to the London stage by Lionel Bart of Great Britain. His charming musical then became a hit in New York and throughout the world. The film adaptation was made in England during the summer of 1967 and then released in 1968. The sets and musical numbers are mind boggling. The song "Who Will Buy?" required hundreds of actors and the British film director truly deserved his Oscar for putting it all together in a seamless manner. Some Canadian and American talent is also part of this wonderful production, but mostly it is a tribute to the fine craftsmanship of the British film studios, such as Shepperton. Good show! Other film studios at Elstree, Boreham Wood, Bray, Denham, and Ealing have also given the world many films to treasure over the years.


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