This lavish musical of 1968 was nominated for 12 Oscars and won six, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Choreography. Adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, OLIVER! is one of the most dramatically involving and artistically impressive musicals of the 1960s. Mark Lester plays the waifish orphan Oliver Twist, who is befriended by the pickpocketing Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and recruited into the gang of boy thieves led by Fagin (Ron Moody). The villainous Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) casts his long shadow over Oliver and his friends, but the young orphan is still able to find loving care in the most desperate of circumstances. Full of memorable melodies and splendid lyrics, OLIVER! is a timeless film, prompting even hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael to it “a superb demonstration of intelligent craftsmanship.”
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UK, 1968, In English, 153 min, Rated G, Directed by Carol Reed
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