A young boy 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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27 September 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Oliver  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$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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This was the last British or non-American film to win the Best Picture Oscar until Chariots of Fire (1981). See more »

Goofs

Charlotte the young girl who works as a maid at the Sowerberry's funeral parlor has the hairstyle that wasn't common for women until the late 1960s/1970s. See more »

Quotes

Fagin: [Pointing to the blood stain] There's *blood*... on your coat, Bill!
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Connections

Spoofed in Es bello vivir (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Reviewing the Situation
(1960) (uncredited)
(Reprise)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Ron Moody and Jack Wild
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First in a long line
11 May 1999 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film introduced me to musicals at the age of 5 or 6, starting a trend which has lasted for over two decades since - it remains my favourite for a lot of reasons - the great treatment of Dickens' admittedly complicated book; memorable characters who do not sing, alongside those who do (stellar performances from everyone); fun and frolics, and a few heartbreaking moments; and Lionel Bart's tremendous score. The 'Who Will Buy' sequence is one of the best ever. One to watch and cherish and remember just how good musical films used to be.


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