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Oliver!
G
153 minutes
Drama Musical
1968

One of the last of the great Broadway-to-Hollywood musicals (and the last one to win a Best Picture Oscar®) this deft reworking of Dickens' "Oliver Twist" about an orphan who is recruited into a gang of youthful pickpockets ruled by the deliciously evil Fagin, proved as big a hit on the screen as it did on the stage. Newcomers Mark Lester and Jack Wild were perfect as young Oliver and the Artful Dodger, while the grown-up roles were ably filled by Ron Moody (Fagin), Oliver Reed (Bill Sykes), and Shani Wallis (Nancy) along with Harry Secombe and Hugh Griffith. The film won six Academy Awards® in all, including one for director Carol Reed, and a special one to choreographer Onna White. Lionel Bart's memorable score includes the hits "Consider Yourself" and "As Long As He Needs Me," as well as "I'm Reviewing the Situation," "Be Back Soon," and "You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two."

Cast
Mark Lester
Oliver
Ron Moody
Fagin
Shani Wallis
Nancy
Oliver Reed
Bill Sikes
Harry Secombe
Bumble
Leonard Rossiter
Sowerberry
Hugh Griffith
Magistrate
Jack Wild
The Artful Dodger
Director
Carol Reed
Writer
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lionel Bart; Screenplay by Vernon Harris; Freely adapted from Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
Producer
John Woolf, Donald Albery
Facts
Oscars© Art Direction, Directing, Music (Scoring), Picture, Sound, Honorary Award
Country UK
Language English