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Oliver!
Ron Moody and Harry Secombe




Overview -
A rousing film version of Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic novel, OLIVER! stars Ron Moody as Fagin and Mark Lester as the eponymous hero. The orphaned Oliver escapes to London from a dreary workhouse and is taken in by a gang of young pickpockets who work for master thief Fagin while learning their trade. When he's falsely accused of stealing from the gang by the fearsome Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), Oliver begins to realize that he has more friends than he had thought.

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Overview

A rousing film version of Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic novel, OLIVER! stars Ron Moody as Fagin and Mark Lester as the eponymous hero. The orphaned Oliver escapes to London from a dreary workhouse and is taken in by a gang of young pickpockets who work for master thief Fagin while learning their trade. When he's falsely accused of stealing from the gang by the fearsome Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), Oliver begins to realize that he has more friends than he had thought.

Awards:
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration Winner
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Carol Reed - Director
Ron Moody
Oliver Reed
Mark Lester
Shani Wallis
Harry Secombe
Jack Wild
Hugh Griffith
Joseph O'Conor
Peggy Mount
Leonard Rossiter

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 145
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396021372
  • Genre: Musical
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 1998

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Thieves
Children
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Essential Cinema

 

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Synopsis:
Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, ODD MAN OUT) softens the edges of his social commentary as he heads into the slums of 19th-century London in this vigorous adaptation of Lionel Bart's musical version of the Dickens classic. Mark Lester stars as Oliver, a nine-year-old orphan who's sold to an undertaker by workhouse officials for objecting to his scant rations; he soon manages to escape from bondage and make his way to London. There he's befriended by the precocious Artful Dodger (Jack Wild), a pickpocket who belongs to a gang of youthful thieves run by Fagin (Ron Moody), a veteran cutpurse. This criminal mentor admits Oliver to his academy of larceny, introducing him also to the brutish Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and Sikes's kind-hearted wife, Nancy (Shani Wallis). As time passes, Nancy becomes almost a mother to Oliver, and when the resentful Sikes falsely accuses the boy of stealing from the gang, it's time for the orphan to speak up and find out who his friends are. A romanticized and more lighthearted retelling of Dickens's brooding social melodrama, buoyed by a score studded with standards such as "Who Will Buy?" and "Where Is Love?" and energized by Broadway-style choreography, OLIVER! is a model of what a film musical should be.

Notes:
Oliver Reed, who plays Bill Sikes, is Carol Reed's nephew. The budget for this film was allegedly $10 million.

Reviews:
"...[Reed has] one of the juiciest roles of his career as the murderous Bill Sykes..." - 03/01/2001 Total Film, p.104

 

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