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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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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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More of a Masterpiece Than a Musical! [re-release] See more »

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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

In the song "Food, Glorious Food" among the foods the boys want are pease pudding and saveloys. Pease pudding is made from split peas, water, salt, and spices which are boiled and then mashed becoming almost like hummus. Saveloys are small spicy red pork sausages that taste much like a hot dog. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver gets out of bed and goes to the window during the lead-in to "Who Will Buy?", his hair is tousled and sticking up. When the camera angle changes to the outside, his hair is neatly combed. See more »

Quotes

Sowerberry: [Drunk] Well, well having a rest Mr Bumble?
Noah Claypole: He's sitting on Oliver!
Sowerberry: Quite right! We must all sit on Oliver!
Mrs. Sowerberry: You been drinking again?
Sowerberry: [Missing the point] I met a friend at the cemetery!
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Soundtracks

Food, Glorious Food
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Kathe Green and Boys' Chorus
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I consider Oliver! the movie to be my mate.
5 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Charles Dickens famous novel of an orphan boy, Oliver Twist, who escapes from his poor life to seek his fame and fortune in London, is adapted as a glossy musical.

Who would have thought that a story from the brilliant Dickens could be so sweet and endearing? So it be with Carol Reed's {Best Director Winner} unforgettable 1968 Best Picture Winner. Yes it's some way away from the essence of the source, those in need of that should be seeking out David Lean's fabulous 1948 version, but with an array of wonderful tunes and choreography, this Oliver is a treat for all the family. The cast are uniformly strong, notably Ron Moody {Fagin}, Oliver Reed {who as Bill Sykes is probably playing himself!}, Mark Lester {Oliver} and the fabulous Jack Wild {The Artful Dodger}. While Lionel Bart's songs are as timeless as they are engaging.

The 60s was a tough decade for cinematic musicals, with many of them turning out to be bloated exercises in tedium. But Oliver! is one of the shining lights in the genre, a true uplifter guaranteed to have the feet a tapping and the smile firmly implanted on ones face. So if you have yet to see and be charmed by it? Come on in, join our number and consider yourself one of us. 8/10


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