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).

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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Sowerberry: Quite right. We must all sit on Oliver.


Fagin: [Pointing to the blood stain] There's *blood*... on your coat, Bill!


Mr. Brownlow: [referring to Bill Sikes] Who is this man?
Nancy: No, I won't tell ya! Whatever else I do I won't turn on him. You wouldn't understand, but I've got to go back. I want to go back.


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The lyrics to "Be Back Soon" were changed from "Bow Street Runners" to "nosy policemen" in case American audiences didn't understand the reference.
Early rumors regarding casting included Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Bill and Nancy, and either Laurence Harvey or Peter Sellers as Fagin; though eventually Ron Moody was asked to reprise his stage role. Jack Wild had played one of Fagin's boys in the London production, but was now old enough to play the Artful Dodger. Shani Wallis finally won the role of Nancy nearly a year after first auditioning when she demonstrated an acceptable Cockney accent - the one she grew up with.
When he finally received his payment for the film at the age of 18 (the money had been put in trust for him), Mark Lester went out and bought a Ferrari with his earnings.
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