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.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).

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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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Quotes from

Nancy: I thieved for you when I was half his age and it's your dirty work I've been doing ever since.
Bill: Well if you have it's a living ain't it?
Fagin: Yes, a living is a living.
Nancy: Some living, Lord help me, some living!


Boy: Fagin, this sausage is moldy!
Fagin: Shut up and drink your gin.


Nancy: Bill, you do love me, don't ya?
Bill Sikes: Of course I do; I live with ya, don't I?


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Facts about

Mark Lester was not allowed to run around playing with the other children on set as he would invariably get rosy cheeked from his exertions. It would then take up to 10 or 15 minutes for his complexion to return to normal.
Approximately 5,000 boys were auditioned for the title role before Mark Lester was cast.
Both Jack Wild and Oliver Reed were wearing lifts in the film. Although Wild was 15 at the time of filming, he was actually shorter than nine-year-old Mark Lester.
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