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Oliver!

Oliver!

Ron Moody
Director: Carol Reed Cast: Ron Moody
Ron Moody
, Shani Wallis
Shani Wallis
, Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
Carol Reed

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Overview

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.


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Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2018
UPC: 0043396546462
Original Release: 1968
Rating: G
Source: Sony Mod
Region Code: ABC
Time: 2:33:00
Sales rank: 21,879

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette; Meeting Oliver!; Meeting Fagin!; The locations of Oliver!; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Carol Reed Director
Lionel Bart Score Composer,Screenwriter
John Box Production Designer
Colin Brewer Asst. Director
Allan Bryce Special Effects
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
George Frost Makeup
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Vernon Gilbert Harris Screenwriter
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Terence Marsh Art Director
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Ken Mugglestone Set Decoration/Design
Eric Rogers Score Composer
Onna White Score Composer,Choreography
John Woolf Producer

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