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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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Tagline:
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:
First in a long line 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:
In conjunction with the release of this film (c. 1968-1969), Random House published a hardcover novelization of the film's screenplay for younger audiences, illustrated with stills from the film. Among the stills featured were scenes showing the arrival at the workhouse and the death of Oliver's mother, who, at least in U.S. prints, never appears in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When Oliver starts his journey from the workhouse town to London, it's winter. As his travel proceeds, the winter snow melts, and the landscape becomes green. By the time he arrives in London, it's clearly summer, judging from the people's clothes and the abundance of vegetables. While conversing with the Artful Dodger, Oliver explains that he has been walking for seven days.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Brownlow:In the eyes of the law, you are the more guilty of the two, for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.
Mr. Bumble:If that's what the law supposes, sir, then the law is a ass! If that be the eyes of the law, sir, then the law is a bachelor!
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Movie Connections:
Version of Oliver Twink (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'd Do AnythingSee 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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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
First in a long line, 11 May 1999
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This film introduced me to musicals at the age of 5 or 6, starting a trend which has lasted for over two decades since - it remains my favourite for a lot of reasons - the great treatment of Dickens' admittedly complicated book; memorable characters who do not sing, alongside those who do (stellar performances from everyone); fun and frolics, and a few heartbreaking moments; and Lionel Bart's tremendous score. The 'Who Will Buy' sequence is one of the best ever. One to watch and cherish and remember just how good musical films used to be.

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Can people stop with the 'Fagin=paedophile!!!' stuff...? mattimeo8
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