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Oliver! (1968)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Musical  |  27 September 1968 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Secombe ...
Joseph O'Conor ...
Peggy Mount ...
Hylda Baker ...
Megs Jenkins ...
Wensley Pithey ...


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 »


Drama | Family | Musical


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Release Date:

27 September 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Oliver  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$16,800,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Moody noted that several members of the original West End stage cast (1960) did not get along saying : " It was not a happy company". He personally had a poor relationship with Georgia Brown, who was the original Nancy. When the film came to be made, Brown blamed Moody for her not being cast as Nancy. However, Moody categorically denied this, saying he had no say or influence whatsoever over the casting of the film and he himself was far from first choice to play Fagin despite his success on stage. See more »


In the number "Who will buy?" in the first shot of the rose seller has the two roses in her right hand and the basket in the left hand but in the close up shot the basket changes to the right hand. See more »


Nancy: [to Oliver] Charmed!
Dodger: Oh yes! We're all ladies and gentlemen around here. We're all quality.
Nancy: Now don't you take no notice of them, just because you got manners and they ain't!
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Version of The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1991) See more »


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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