Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed, written by Vernon Harris, and based on the 1960 stage musical of the same name. Both the film and play are based on Charles Dickens’s 1838 novel Oliver Twist. At the 41st Academy Awards for 1968, Oliver! was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won six. The British Film Institute ranked Oliver! the 77th greatest British film of the 20th century.
About Oliver! (film) in brief
Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed, written by Vernon Harris, and based on the 1960 stage musical of the same name. Both the film and play are based on Charles Dickens’s 1838 novel Oliver Twist. At the 41st Academy Awards for 1968, Oliver! was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture, Best Director for Reed, and an Honorary Award for choreographer Onna White. The British Film Institute ranked Oliver! the 77th greatest British film of the 20th century. In 2017, a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine ranked it the 69th best British film ever. The film includes such musical numbers as \”Food, Glorious Food\”, \”Consider Yourself\”, \”As Long as He Needs Me\”, \”You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two\”, and \”Where Is Love?\”. Filmed at Shepperton Film Studio in Surrey, it was a Romulus Films production and was distributed internationally by Columbia Pictures. Oliver! is about a boy who escapes from a workhouse in Dunstable, England, and meets a gang of pickpockets led by Fagin, who instructs the gang in the art of stealing. After a week on the road, Oliver reaches London, where he meets the Artful Dodger, who takes him under his wing. The boys mock Oliver for his manners, which Nancy finds charming. Fagin sends the boys out for the day, entrusting Oliver to Dodger.
Dodger steals a wallet from Mr. Brownlow, but Oliver is apprehended instead. Oliver is too terrified to speak, but before the verdict is finalized, a witness arrives and proclaims Oliver’s innocence. Oliver wakes up in Mr. Brownlow’s house, and happily watches from his balcony the merchants and inhabitants of Bloomsbury Square singing about this particular morning being so beautiful. Meanwhile, Fagin and Bill decide to abduct Oliver and bring him back to the den with Nancy’s help. Oliver notices a painting of a beautiful young lady, his niece who disappeared years ago, and begins to suspect he may be Oliver’s great-uncle. As Oliver stops to enjoy a puppet show with the other children, Nancy and Bill appear and grab him from Fagin’s den and demand to have the five pound note for all of the trouble he went through for the painting. The next morning, Mr Brownlow sends Oliver to return some books, and he departs with a five-pound note to the booksellers with some books he depersers with. In spite of all of this, Nancy still loves Bill, and believes he loves her too. The next day at the bookseller, Mr. Brownlow, he sends Oliver back to his house to sell some books. He leaves a note for Oliver to sell, and the next morning he goes to a bookshop to buy some books with a similar note.