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Oliver! -- Musical version of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" adapted from the stage hit, 1968 Best Picture Oscar(r).


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Lionel Bart (book)
Vernon Harris (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 September 1968 (UK) See more »
Winner 6 Academy Awards! [post-Oscar] See more »
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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Won 5 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations See more »
(6 articles)
‘Oliver!’ Star Ron Moody Dies at 91
 (From Variety - Film News. 11 June 2015, 3:35 AM, PDT)

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)

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  (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)
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 voice: Oliver (uncredited)
Patrick Isherwood .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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153 min
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?

The only film based on Oliver Twist where Oliver is not seen being sent to the workhouse. (This was apparently filmed but deleted.) Instead it begins in media res, as he is first seen helping other orphans grind flour at the start of the film.See more »
Anachronisms: Charlotte the young girl who works as a maid at the Sowerberry's funeral parlor has the hairstyle that wasn't common for women until the late 1960s/1970s.See more »
Nancy:[singing] Who cares if straightlaces sneer at us in the street? Fine airs and fine graces don't have to sin to eat.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Oliver Twist (1948)See more »
Boy for SaleSee more »


What are the three scenes inspired or taken from the Dickens' novel that were not in the stage version?
What makes this film different from Dickens's "Oliver Twist"?
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48 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Pure movie magic!, 28 November 2003
Author: dtucker86 from Germany

Its strange that the film that won the best picture Oscar at the 1968 Academy Awards was a film made in England, but if ever a movie deserved that honor, I think it is Oliver. This movie is a true classic that should be on every best picture list and given a place of honor at The American Film Institute. Movie musicals died out a long time ago and it is a shame because this is the best movie musical I have ever seen. Usually movie musicals are slipshod with some great numbers mixed in with some poor ones. Oliver does the impossible, because every number and every dance in this film hits the bullseye! From "Food Glorious Food" to "Consider Yourself" to "Who Will Buy This Wonderful Morning". Ron Moody, Shani Wallace (as Nancy) and Mark Lester as Oliver all give outstanding performances. Mark Lester was at one time the most famous child actor in the entire world. He was the Ricky Schroder of his day or the MacAuley Culkin of his day (I'll bet he wishes he could have made the kind of money they did!). Mark Lester is now a doctor in England and I wrote him a couple e-mails and he talked about Oliver and what a fine experience it was making the film. Shani Wallace was a fine English actress who never got the credit she deserved. She was so good as the sweet, loving Nancy who took a shine to little Oliver and gave her life saving him (her murder scene still makes me shiver, even Charles Dickens said that bothered him when he wrote it!). Doctor Lester wrote me that Shani Wallace was like a big sister to him and it shows on the screen. Ron Moody is delightfully hammy as Fagin. He sort of reminds me of Charles Laughton the way he carries the part to its ludicrous extreme but you savor it along with him. Charles Dickens was so good at portraying the poverty and horrible living conditions of his time and this film shows that especially in the workhouse. Children really lived under those conditions and it is horrifying. The scene that got me is where they are being served horrible gruel and are walking by the dining room where Mister Bumble and his henchmen are dining like kings! That really made me angry. Anyhow, Oliver is a wonderful film that would stand up to any film today and is a good viewing experience for the whole family. It will leave you with a happy heart and a lump in your throat and what more could you ask for?

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