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Inspired by Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, Lionel Bart's 1961 London and Broadway musical hit glossed over some of Dickens' more graphic passages but managed to retain a strong subtext to what was essentially light entertainment. For its first half-hour or so, Carol Reed's Oscar-winning 1968 film version does a masterful job of telling its story almost exclusively through song and dance. Once nine-year-old orphan Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) falls in with such underworld types as pickpocket Fagin (Ron Moody) and murderous thief Bill Sykes (Oliver Reed), it becomes necessary to inject more and more dialogue, and the film loses some of its momentum. But not to worry; despite such brutal moments as Sikes' murder of Nancy (Shani Wallis), the film gets back on the right musical track, thanks in great part to Onna White's exuberant choreography and the faultless performances by Moody and by Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger. The supporting cast includes Harry Secombe as the self-righteous Mr. Bumble and Joseph O'Conor as Mr. Brownlow, the man who (through a series of typically Dickensian coincidences) rescues Oliver from the streets. Oliver! won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and a special award to choreographer Onna White. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 26, 1968

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hugh Griffith Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Woolf Best Picture 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Onna White Honorary and Other Awards 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Phyllis Dalton Best Costume Design 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terence Marsh Best Art Direction 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vernon Dixon Best Art Direction 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carol Reed Best Director 1968 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Carol Reed Best Picture 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Carol Reed Best Director 1968 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Carol Reed Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Johnny Green Best Adapted Score 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oswald Morris Best Cinematography 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ron Moody Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ron Moody Best Actor 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Wild New Star of the Year - Male 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Wild Best Supporting Actor 1968 Nominee

Cast

Ron Moody
as Fagin
Shani Wallis
as Nancy Sikes
Oliver Reed
as Bill Sikes
Harry Secombe
as Mr. Bumble
Hugh Griffith
as The Magistrate
Mark Lester
as Oliver Twist
Clive Moss
as Charlie Bates
Jack Wild
as Artful Dodger
Peggy Mount
as Widow Corney
Leonard Rossiter
as Mr. Sowerberry
Joseph O'Conor
as Mr. Brownlow
Megs Jenkins
as Mrs. Bedwin
Wensley Pithey
as Dr. Grimwig
Fred Emney
as Chairman
John Baskcomb
as Workhouse Governor
Norman Pitt
as Workhouse Governor
Arnold Locke
as Workhouse Governor
Frank Crawshaw
as Workhouse Governor
Veronica Page
as Oliver's Mother
Henry Kay
as Doctor
Norman Mitchell
as Arresting Policeman
William Smith
Edwin Finn
Ian Ramsey
Kenneth Cranham
as Noah Claypole
James Hayter
as Mr. Jessop
Peter Locke
as Fagin's Boy
Kim Smith
as Fagin's Boy
James Hayter
as Mr. Jessop
Peter Locke
as Fagin's Boy
Kenneth Cranham
as Noah Claypole
Norman Mitchell
as Arresting Policeman

Crew

Carol Reed
Director
John Woolf
Producer
Charles Dickens
Book Author
Oswald Morris
Cinematographer
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Onna White
Composer (Music Score)
Terence Marsh
Art Director
Vernon Dixon
Set Designer
Phyllis Dalton
Costume Designer
Allan Bryce
Special Effects
Onna White
Choreography
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