What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Oliver! is a lavish 1968 adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. It's warm and memorable -- and won six Oscars, including Best Picture -- but some of the scenes depicting street urchins and the poor of London in the mid-1800s might be troublesome for some families. Some of the younger characters are shown smoking pipes, and their "employer," the notorious Fagin, leader of their gang of pickpockets, has them drink gin. There are also scenes were poor people sing and carouse in a tavern. The film is over two-and-a half hours long, which could be an issue for younger viewers.
- Families can talk about the power of Charles Dickens' storytelling. What is it about his stories from the 1800s that make them remain popular today, and so adaptable for plays, movies, and musicals?
- How does music help tell the story in this film adaptation?
- Oliver wants someone to "buy" his happy moment and save it for him. If you could pick a day to have saved that way, what day would you choose?