Charles Dickens' classical story about the young orphan boy in 1837 England is again re-filmed in grand fashion. Richard Dreyfuss portrays Fagin, the unscrupulous leader of the young ... See full summary »
When farm Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who ... See full summary »
Peter Lee Lawrence
The Magistrate which Hugh Griffith plays in the film did not appear in the original stage production of "Oliver!" He does appear in Dickens's original novel, "Oliver Twist", on which the musical is based. In the novel the Magistrate's named Mr. Fang, and although Dickens wrote him satirically, he did not intend him to be comical. See more »
Right before the song "Pick A Pocket or Two" starts, when Oliver asks Fagin "Is this a laundry then sir?", You can see Artful Dodger mouthing the exact same words as Oliver did. See more »
(Bill Sikes' theme)
Music by Lionel Bart
Adapted by Johnny Green from Lionel Bart's song for the original stage production
Heard as background music throughout many of the scenes involving Bill Sikes See more »
A high-spirited, lively version of the well-known story, the film manages to fit in songs and dances without subtracting from the deeper issues in Dickens' novel. The times are depicted vividly well, with excellent sets and costumes, and the film works as both surface entertainment for the young generation, and as a drama with deeper ideas behind it for the more adult viewer. As a musical, the story is not as potent as otherwise - if you compare it to David Lean's version for example - but yet the film explains parts of the story better than Lean's version did. It is not a perfect film as such, with some dances routines seeming pointless and a length that does become a tad annoying, but it is such a brilliant realisation of Dickens, and it is so well done, that it is hard not to think highly of the film. Ron Moody especially is very good: perfect as Fagin in an Oscar nominated role.
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