- Original title
- Running time
- 153 min.
- United Kingdom
Vernon Harris (Novel: Charles Dickens)
Lionel Bart, Johnny Green
Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed, Jack Wild, Harry Secombe, Hugh Griffith, Clive Moss, Peggy Mount, Leonard Rossiter, Megs Jenkins, Kenneth Cranham, Sheila White
Romulus, Warwick Film Productions
Musical. Drama | Childhood. Poverty. 19th Century
- Movie Groups
Charles Dickens Adaptations
| Oliver Twist
- 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.
: 5 Academy Awards (+1 honorary): including best Movie and Director. 11 Nominations
: Golden Globes: Best Movie and Actor - Comedy or Musical (Moody). 5 nominations
: BAFTA Awards: 8 Nominations including Best Film and Director
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Best Director
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
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