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


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Release Date:

27 September 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Oliver  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$16,800,000 (USA)

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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?


The original Broadway production of "Oliver!" opened at the Imperial Theater on 6 January, 1963, ran for 774 performances and was nominated for the 1963 Tony Award for the Best Musical and received nominations for Best Book and Best Score. See more »


The judge who is drunk claims that he has passed Oliver's sentence but in reality the sentence is passed after he bangs his hammer which he didn't do. See more »


Boy: Fagin, this sausage is moldy!
Fagin: Shut up and drink your gin.
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Referenced in Degrassi: The Next Generation: Shout: Part 1 (2002) See more »


As Long as He Needs Me
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Shani Wallis
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I consider Oliver! the movie to be my mate.
5 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Charles Dickens famous novel of an orphan boy, Oliver Twist, who escapes from his poor life to seek his fame and fortune in London, is adapted as a glossy musical.

Who would have thought that a story from the brilliant Dickens could be so sweet and endearing? So it be with Carol Reed's {Best Director Winner} unforgettable 1968 Best Picture Winner. Yes it's some way away from the essence of the source, those in need of that should be seeking out David Lean's fabulous 1948 version, but with an array of wonderful tunes and choreography, this Oliver is a treat for all the family. The cast are uniformly strong, notably Ron Moody {Fagin}, Oliver Reed {who as Bill Sykes is probably playing himself!}, Mark Lester {Oliver} and the fabulous Jack Wild {The Artful Dodger}. While Lionel Bart's songs are as timeless as they are engaging.

The 60s was a tough decade for cinematic musicals, with many of them turning out to be bloated exercises in tedium. But Oliver! is one of the shining lights in the genre, a true uplifter guaranteed to have the feet a tapping and the smile firmly implanted on ones face. So if you have yet to see and be charmed by it? Come on in, join our number and consider yourself one of us. 8/10

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