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Oliver!

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Original title
Oliver!
Year
Running time
153 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Vernon Harris (Novel: Charles Dickens)
Music
Lionel Bart, Johnny Green
Cinematography
Oswald Morris
Cast
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Producer
Romulus / Warwick Film Productions
Genre
Musical. Drama | Childhood. Poverty. 19th Century
Movie Groups
Charles Dickens Adaptations | Oliver Twist
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Synopsis / Plot
Adaptation of Lionel Bart's musical version of the Dickens classic. Oliver (Mark Lester) is 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.
Awards
1968: 5 Academy Awards (+1 honorary): including best Movie and Director. 11 Nominations
1968: Golden Globes: Best Movie and Actor - Comedy or Musical (Moody). 5 nominations
1968: BAFTA Awards: 8 Nominations including Best Film and Director
1968: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Director
1968: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
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