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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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I consider Oliver! the movie to be my mate. See more (138 total) »


  (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?

Ron Moody played Fagin on stage prior to this film.See more »
Factual errors: The "Boy For Sale" scene is historic nonsense: even during the harshest phases of the Poor Laws, a workhouse pauper could not be traded like a slave from one "owner" to another. Apprentices could be had for nothing, and it was state representatives like Bumble who had to pay tradespeople like Sowerberry for the service of taking paupers off the state's hands, rather than the other way around. The book got this right.See more »
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:
Referenced in "Motormouth: Episode #4.32" (1992)See more »
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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
I consider Oliver! the movie to be my mate., 5 November 2009
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

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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