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Oliver! (1968)

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hylda Baker ...
Mrs. Bedwin
Wensley Pithey ...
Dr. Grimwig


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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Winner 6 Academy Awards! [post-Oscar] See more »


Drama | Family | Musical


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Release Date:

27 September 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Oliver  »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000, 31 January 1980
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Sound Mix:

(35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mark Lester's surname Letzer was Anglicanised to Lester so it would sound less German and less Jewish. See more »


On his way to London, Oliver gets onto a cart which is being pulled along a tarmac road. The first tarmac road in Britain was in 1902, the story was set in the 1800s. See more »


Fagin: [sings] I'm reviewing the situation / Can a fellow be a villain all his life? / All the trials and tribulations. / Better settle down and get myself a wife! / And a wife would cook and sew for me, / And come for me, and go for me, / And go for me, and nag at me, / The fingers, she would wag at me. / The money she would take from me. / A misery, she'll make from me... I think I'd better think it out again!
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Referenced in A Sense of Carol Reed (2006) See more »


Written by Lionel Bart
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2 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I took part in a little mini production of this when I was a bout 8 at school and my mum bought the video for me. I've loved it ever since!! When I was younger, it was the songs and spectacular dance sequences that I enjoyed but since I've watched it when I got older, I appreciate more the fantastic acting and character portrayal. Oliver Reed and Ron Moody were brilliant. I can't imagine anyone else playing Bill Sykes or Fagin. Shani Wallis' Nancy if the best character for me. She put up with so much for those boys, I think she's such a strong character and her final scene when... Well, you know... Always makes me cry! Best musical in my opinion of all time. It's lasted all this time, it will live on for many more years to come! 11/10!!

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