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Director:
Writers:
Lionel Bart (book)
Vernon Harris (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 October 1968 (Japan) 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)

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This is proof that British film studios of the 1960's could provide high quality productions See more (133 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)
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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)

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Trivia:
Amazingly, the composer of this highly respected score, Lionel Bart, could not read music himself. From his earliest days in theater, he would sing his melodies to a trained pianist, who would then set the tunes down on sheet music and orchestrate them.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The steps at London Bridge are not designed in the manner that the real ones were. The real steps were, as Charles Dickens describes them, narrow at the top, and widened horizontally at the bottom, allowing a person to hide and eavesdrop on (or watch) those on the upper steps without being seen.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Jessop:Two other boys stole Mr. Brownlow's wallet. This child had nothing to do with it!
The Magistrate:[half-drunk] But sentence has been passed... hasn't it?
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Movie Connections:
Version of Oliver Twist (1922/II)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oliver!See more »

FAQ

What are the three scenes inspired or taken from the Dickens' novel that were not in the stage version?
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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
This is proof that British film studios of the 1960's could provide high quality productions, 11 June 2005
Author: DennisJOBrien from Virginia, United States

I was lucky to see "Oliver!" in 1968 on a big cinema screen in Boston when I was a young teenager. Later, during the summer of 1969, I was pleased to see this film was still playing at a prominent cinema in Leicester Square, London, after it had won the Academy Award for Best Picture of the previous year.

Th success of "Oliver!" on both the stage and screen reminded me that not all talent begins on Broadway and ends in Hollywood. This legendary story by Charles Dickens, which is part of the literary heritage of all English-speaking people, was admirably brought to the London stage by Lionel Bart of Great Britain. His charming musical then became a hit in New York and throughout the world. The film adaptation was made in England during the summer of 1967 and then released in 1968. The sets and musical numbers are mind boggling. The song "Who Will Buy?" required hundreds of actors and the British film director truly deserved his Oscar for putting it all together in a seamless manner. Some Canadian and American talent is also part of this wonderful production, but mostly it is a tribute to the fine craftsmanship of the British film studios, such as Shepperton. Good show! Other film studios at Elstree, Boreham Wood, Bray, Denham, and Ealing have also given the world many films to treasure over the years.

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