Oliver! Overview:

Oliver! (1968) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Carol Reed and produced by John Woolf.

The film was based on the novel Oliver Twist and also Bentley's Miscellany Magazine Serial written by Charles Dickens published in 1838 (novel); Feb 1837 - April 1839 (magazine).

SYNOPSIS

This is a delightful musical version of Dickens's tale of a young orphan who is introduced to a life of petty crime, adapted from the stage musical by Bart. Songs include "Boy for Sale" and "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two." Won a slew of Academy Awards, including a special choreography award for White.

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Academy Awards 1968 --- Ceremony Number 41 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRon MoodyNominated
Best Supporting ActorJack WildNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John Box, Terence Marsh; Set Decoration: Vernon Dixon, Ken MugglestonWon
Best CinematographyOswald MorrisNominated
Best Costume DesignPhyllis DaltonNominated
Best DirectorCarol ReedWon
Best Film EditingRalph KemplenNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdaptation score by John GreenWon
Best PictureJohn Woolf, ProducerWon
Best WritingVernon HarrisNominated
Honorary AwardOnna WhiteWon
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Mr. Brownlow: Wait! Is the boy hurt, ill-treated? If so, I shall...
Nancy: [referring to Bill Sikes] I can't say no more, PLEASE! He'll kill me as it is if he finds out!


Mr. Brownlow: In the eyes of the law, you are the more guilty of the two, for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.
Mr. Bumble: If that's what the law supposes, sir, then the law is a ass! If that be the eyes of the law, sir, then the law is a bachelor!


Bill Sikes: You're a fine one for the boy to make a friend of!
Nancy: Yes, I am, Lord help me! But tonight he's a liar, and a thief, and all that's bad! Ain't that enough for you without beating him to death?


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Facts about

The only G-rated film to be honored with an Academy Award for Best Picture.
It was also the last musical to win the Best Picture Oscar until Chicago 34 years later.
While filming the scene where Oliver gets a peek at Fagin's treasure, director Carol Reed was not satisfied with the reaction on Mark Lester's face. Later, while re-shooting the scene, he hid a small white rabbit in his pocket and stood behind the camera. As Ron Moody opened the box of treasures, Reed pulled the rabbit out of his pocket. Lester's reaction to the sight of the rabbit was then used in the final film.
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