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Oliver! (1968)

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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27 September 1968 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000, 31 January 1980
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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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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ron Moody recalled that he did not know for certain until the first day of filming whether he had been cast or not. See more »

Goofs

While singing "As Long As He Needs Me," Nancy's dress hangs off her shoulder and then in the next shot it is back on her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Nancy: Bill, you do love me, don't ya?
Bill Sikes: Of course I do; I live with ya, don't I?
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Referenced in Alias: The Getaway (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Food, Glorious Food
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Kathe Green and Boys' Chorus
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Broadway to Hollywood transition...SUCCESS!!!
1 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Oliver! the musical is a favorite of mine. The music, the characters, the story. It all just seems perfect. In this rendition of the timeless classic novel turned stage musical, director Carol Reed brings the Broadway hit to life on the movie screen.

The transition from musical to movie musical is not an easy one. You have to have the right voices, the right set, the right script, and the right play. All signs point to yes for this play. It almost appears that it was written for the screen!

Our story takes place in jolly old England where a boy named Oliver manages to work his way out of the orphanage. He winds his way through the country to London where he meets up with a group of juvenile delinquents, headed by Dodger, the smart talking, quick handed pick-pocket. The leader of this gang is named Fagin, an older fellow who sells all the stolen goods.

But all is not well in London town when Bill Sykes played by Oliver Reed and his loving girlfriend Nancy get tangled up with Oliver, Fagin and his young troops, and the law. What ensues is a marvelous tale of love, affection, and great musical numbers.

Whether or not you like musicals or not, one listen to these tunes and you will be humming them all day long. Oliver! is a triumph on and off the stage and is a timeless work of art.


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