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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Drama | Family | Musical

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Release Date:

27 September 1968 (UK)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Caine auditioned for the role of Bill Sikes in the original (1960) London stage production of the musical on which this film is based and not, as is often reported, in this film adaptation. See more »

Goofs

Bill Sykes' shadow does not match his actual steps when we first see him. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Brownlow: Wait! Is the boy hurt, ill-treated? If so, I shall...
Nancy: [referring to Bill Sikes] I can't say no more, PLEASE! He'll kill me as it is if he finds out!
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Connections

Version of Oliver Twist (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd Do Anything
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Jack Wild, Shani Wallis, Kathe Green, Sheila White, Ron Moody, and Boys
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My brief review of the film
19 February 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

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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