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Oliver! (1968)

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

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Carol Reed

Writers:

Lionel Bart (book), Vernon Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Hylda Baker ... Mrs. Sowerberry
Kenneth Cranham ... Noah Claypole
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Bedwin
Sheila White ... Bet
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Dr. Grimwig
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Storyline

Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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More of a Masterpiece Than a Musical! [re-release] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Oliver See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000, 31 January 1980
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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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Since Mark Lester was unable to simulate tears, freshly cut onions were used to make his eyes water for the "Where Is Love?" number. See more »

Goofs

There is a pub in the main street called "The Victoria", and the post box Dodger hides behind at the end of the film is embossed with "VR" for "Victoria Regina". Oliver Twist is set in the 1830s, and was published 4 months before Victoria's accession. See more »

Quotes

Fagin: [sings] In this life, one thing counts / In the bank, large amounts / I'm afraid these don't grow on trees, / You've got to pick-a-pocket or two / You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys, / You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.
Boy: [sings] Large amounts don't grow on trees. / You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 11 May 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd Do Anything
(1960) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Sung by Jack Wild, Shani Wallis, Kathe Green, Sheila White, Ron Moody, and Boys
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Wonderful!
2 January 2005 | by BunnyPhobicSee all my reviews

I took part in a little mini production of this when I was a bout 8 at school and my mum bought the video for me. I've loved it ever since!! When I was younger, it was the songs and spectacular dance sequences that I enjoyed but since I've watched it when I got older, I appreciate more the fantastic acting and character portrayal. Oliver Reed and Ron Moody were brilliant. I can't imagine anyone else playing Bill Sykes or Fagin. Shani Wallis' Nancy if the best character for me. She put up with so much for those boys, I think she's such a strong character and her final scene when... Well, you know... Always makes me cry! Best musical in my opinion of all time. It's lasted all this time, it will live on for many more years to come! 11/10!!


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