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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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Genres:

Drama | Family | Musical

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Release Date:

27 September 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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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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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Magistrate which Hugh Griffith plays in the film did not appear in the original stage production of "Oliver!" He does appear in Dickens's original novel, "Oliver Twist", on which the musical is based. In the novel the Magistrate's named Mr. Fang, and although Dickens wrote him satirically, he did not intend him to be comical. See more »

Goofs

Right before the song "Pick A Pocket or Two" starts, when Oliver asks Fagin "Is this a laundry then sir?", You can see Artful Dodger mouthing the exact same words as Oliver did. See more »

Quotes

Sowerberry: Well, having a rest Mr. Bumble?
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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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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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