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Oliver! (1968)

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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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9 October 1968 (Japan)  »

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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

Oliver! (1968) was also the last musical to win the Best Picture Oscar until Chicago (2002) 34 years later. Before Oliver! (1968), the musicals The Broadway Melody (1929), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Going My Way (1944), An American in Paris (1951), Gigi (1958), West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), and The Sound of Music (1965) had all won Best Picture Oscars. See more »

Goofs

The "Boy For Sale" sequence deviates from both the novel and history: even during the harshest phases of Poor Law reform it was illegal for the government to sell paupers as slaves to tradespeople. It was also pointless, as apprentices could be had for nothing, and the state had to pay tradespeople for the service of taking paupers off their hands (as is the case in the novel, where the fee is paid by Bumble to Sowerberry). See more »

Quotes

Fagin: We must have civil words, Bill. Civil words.
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Connections

Version of Oliver Twist, Jr. (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

My Name
(1960) (uncredited)
(Bill Sikes' theme)
Music by Lionel Bart
Adapted by Johnny Green from Lionel Bart's song for the original stage production
Heard as background music throughout many of the scenes involving Bill Sikes
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Broadway to Hollywood transition...SUCCESS!!!
1 July 2005 | by (Massachusetts) – 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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