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Director:
Writers:
Lionel Bart (book)
Vernon Harris (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 September 1968 (UK) See more »
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Winner 6 Academy Awards! [post-Oscar] See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
Lester Lands Saxon Fan Son A Part In Comeback Film
 (From WENN. 3 February 2009, 2:00 PM, PST)

Oliver's Lester To Battle Craig At The Box Office?
 (From WENN. 12 November 2008, 5:57 AM, PST)

Actor Jack Wild Dies at 53
 (From WENN. 2 March 2006)

User Reviews:
A true work of art...excellent songs, amazing performances... See more (135 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ron Moody ... Fagin

Shani Wallis ... Nancy

Oliver Reed ... Bill Sikes
Harry Secombe ... Bumble

Mark Lester ... Oliver

Jack Wild ... The Artful Dodger

Hugh Griffith ... Magistrate
Joseph O'Conor ... Mr. Brownlow
Peggy Mount ... Mrs. Bumble

Leonard Rossiter ... Sowerberry
Hylda Baker ... Mrs. Sowerberry

Kenneth Cranham ... Noah Claypole
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Bedwin
Sheila White ... Bet
Wensley Pithey ... Dr. Grimwig
James Hayter ... Mr. Jessop
Elizabeth Knight ... Charlotte
Fred Emney ... Chairman - Workhouse
Edwin Finn ... Pauper - Workhouse
Roy Evans ... Pauper - Workhouse

Norman Mitchell ... Arresting Policeman
Robert Bartlett ... Fagin's Boy
Graham Buttrose ... Fagin's Boy
Jeffrey Chandler ... Fagin's Boy
Kirk Clugston ... Fagin's Boy (as Kirk Clugeston)
Dempsey Cook ... Fagin's Boy
Christopher Duff ... Fagin's Boy
Nigel Grice ... Fagin's Boy
Ronnie Johnson ... Fagin's Boy
Nigel Kingsley ... Fagin's Boy
Robert Langley ... Fagin's Boy
Brian Lloyd ... Fagin's Boy
Peter Lock ... Fagin's Boy
Clive Moss ... Fagin's Boy
Ian Ramsey ... Fagin's Boy
Peter Renn ... Fagin's Boy
Billy Smith ... Fagin's Boy
Kim Smith ... Fagin's Boy
Freddie Stead ... Fagin's Boy
Raymond Ward ... Fagin's Boy
John Watters ... Fagin's Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Baskcomb ... Workhouse Governor (uncredited)
Frank Crawshaw ... Workhouse Governor (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Smart Gent (uncredited)
Jack Haig ... (uncredited)
Peter Hoare ... Clerk of Court (uncredited)
Anthony Kemp ... (uncredited)
Arnold Locke ... Workhouse Governor (uncredited)
Jim Machin ... Child (uncredited)
Ruben Martin ... Strongman (uncredited)
Elaine Paige ... Urchin (uncredited)
Jayne Peach ... Rose - Maid (uncredited)
Norman Pitt ... Workhouse Governor (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... Man (uncredited)
Keith Roberts ... Policeman Magistrate's Court (uncredited)
Vernon White ... Baker Boy Dancer (uncredited)
Helen Worth ... Urchin (uncredited)

Directed by
Carol Reed 
 
Writing credits
Lionel Bart (book by)

Vernon Harris (screenplay)

Charles Dickens (freely adapted from "Oliver Twist" by)

Produced by
John Woolf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Green (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen (film editor)
 
Casting by
Jenia Reissar (casting)
 
Production Design by
John Box 
 
Art Direction by
Terence Marsh 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup supervisor
Bobbie Smith .... chief hairdresser
Hugh Richards .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Denis Johnson Jr. .... unit production manager
Denis Johnson .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
Ray Corbett .... assistant director: second unit
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Chris Kenny .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Cartwright .... assistant art director (as Bob Cartwright)
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
Peter Dukelow .... construction manager
Percy Godbold .... production buyer
Ken Muggleston .... set dresser
Roy Walker .... assistant art director
Roger Christian .... art department assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Jim Groom .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
Tony Dawe .... adr and sound effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alan Bryce .... special effects (as Allan Bryce)
 
Stunts
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
Brian West .... photography: second unit
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Marcel Durham .... assistant film editor
Michael R. Sloan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Sati Tooray .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lionel Bart .... music and lyrics by
Dusty Buck .... music coordinator
Johnny Green .... choral arrangement (as John Green)
Johnny Green .... conductor (as John Green)
Johnny Green .... music arranger (as John Green)
Johnny Green .... music supervisor (as John Green)
Johnny Green .... orchestrator (as John Green)
Robert Hathaway .... associate music editor
Ray Holder .... choreographic music layouts
Eric Rogers .... additional orchestrator
Eric Rogers .... associate music supervisor
Ken Runyon .... music editor (as Kenneth Runyon)
Onna White .... musical sequences stager
 
Other crew
Donald Albery .... produced by arrangement and in association with
Graham Barkley .... title backgrounds
George Baron .... assistant choreographer
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Larry Oaks .... assistant choreographer
Loretta Ordewer .... production secretary
Tom Panko .... associate choreographer
Onna White .... choreographer
Kathe Green .... singing double: Mark Lester (uncredited)
Patrick Isherwood .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
153 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Early rumors regarding casting included Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Bill and Nancy, and either Laurence Harvey or Peter Sellers as Fagin; though eventually Ron Moody was asked to reprise his stage role. Jack Wild had played one of Fagin's boys in the London production, but was now old enough to play the Artful Dodger. Shani Wallis finally won the role of Nancy nearly a year after first auditioning when she demonstrated an acceptable Cockney accent - the one she grew up with.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In "Who will Buy", just after the school girls are pushed into the pool, a family leaves a house and the mother is wearing hat and clothing more appropriate to the 1890s rather than the 1830s. She has on a large hat with a brim as opposed to a bonnet and her dress is definitively from a later era.See more »
Quotes:
Nancy:[to Oliver] Charmed!
Dodger:Oh yes! We're all ladies and gentlemen around here. We're all quality.
Nancy:Now don't you take no notice of them, just because you got manners and they ain't!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Be Back SoonSee more »

FAQ

What are the three scenes inspired or taken from the Dickens' novel that were not in the stage version?
Chicago Opening Happened When?
What makes this film different from Dickens's "Oliver Twist"?
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38 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A true work of art...excellent songs, amazing performances..., 28 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

"Oliver!" is a vast improvement over the marvelous Broadway stage version, opening up the scenes with the ability to expand the range of the material and still remain faithful to the Dickens story. Brimming with unforgettable songs and dances (that choreography by Onna White is timeless), it is so well cast--down to the smallest roles--and so faithful to the spirit of Dickens' work that you can no longer imagine that classic without the songs.

Fagin is played to perfection by Ron Moody. His "You Gotta Pick A Pocket Or Two" is just one of the highlights incorporating clever lyrics and great choreography. The boys who kidnap Oliver are a rowdy lot, looking every bit the ruffians they're supposed to be. The best of the lot is Jack Wild's Artful Dodger, leading the gang in "Consider Yourself".

But not all is light and cheery. The darker aspects of the story are sometimes a little too graphic for my taste, although all of the performances are extremely well played, including Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes. The scenes involving his demise are so melodramatic they seem to belong to another film.

Whatever the faults may be, including a rather extended running time, there is scarcely a dull moment. With songs like "Who Will Buy?" and "Where Is Love?" -- not to mention "Food, Glorious Food" -- you will find yourself falling under the spell of this great musical. Highly recommended and fully deserving of its Best Picture Oscar.

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