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Oliver! (1968)

Released on 11 December 2000

Featuring: Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed & Harry Secombe

Format: DVD | Rating: Universal Suitable for All

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Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar®-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens´ classic tale!

Young Oliver Twist (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He´s immediately taken in by a band of street urchins, headed by the lovable villain Fagin (Ron Moody), his fiendish henchman Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and his loyal apprentice The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing, Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own.

Set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as "Consider Yourself," "Where Is Love?" and "As Long As He Needs Me," OLIVER! leads us on a journey in search of love, belonging and honour among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards® , including Best Picture and Best Score, OLIVER! will steal your heart!
  • Photo Gallery
  • 'Behind The Scenes' Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Access

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 this is the best version im my opinion.

| | See all andy1989's reviews (56)

no other oliver to this day has come close to this version.
great music and actors.the soundtrack is excellent.oliver reed is terrifying as bill sykes.one to pop out every christmas.

 The Best Loved English Musical of a Charles Dickens Classic.

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You know this classic story by now of the boy who asked for more...Oliver Twist played touchingly in the best version on celluloid by Mark Lester...He is one of many workhouse orphans lead by the authoritarian Mr Bumble (Harry Secombe) who decides to sell Oliver to a local Funeral Director in the form of (Leonard Rossiter) of Rising Damp fame. Oliver escapes from here after a fight only to find himself making his way to 19th Century London where he befriends "The Artful Dodger" (Jack Wild) a steetwise pick pocket who takes Oliver for shelter to the affable professional pick pocket Fagin (Ron Moody) whose role probably will be remembered for a most fantastic performance. Here Oliver comes to know Fagin in an touching way.Oliver learns of his past with fate determining his destiny. The infamous Bill Sykes (Oliver Reed) is the only person that can hold Oliver from his childhood dream but Oliver is aided by Sykes girlfriend Nancy (Shani Wallis)...Therein lies the finale of one of the most perfect musical scores of all time ....From the tear jerking "Where is Love" performed by (Mark Lester) to the toe tapping "Be Back Soon" performed by Ron Moody there is much to recommend about this classy musical...backed up with hits galore you will also hear "Food Glorious Food","As Long as He needs me", "Consider Yourself", "Oom-pah-pah" and more..... you will be totally awestruck of the sheer brilliance of this Top rated Family Musical that has entertained millions since it's 1968 release and is likely to entertain millions of young and old in years to come....Superb Family entertainment

 You've gotta pick a pocket or two!!

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I absolutely love this film, very good actors and the amount of effort that went in to making this film is unbelievable!! This is the best oliver twist made in my opinion and usually i hate watching films with bad graphics (the graphics weren't good because it's an old film). I think it's fantastic for a film that's nearly 40 years old!!! The songs did get on my nerves but i can't give it 4 stars just because of that tiny problem. Very good film for all the family and for me it's one of those films where you can watch it over and over again!!!

 "Who Will Buy?"

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This is a musical that has stood the test of time.With many memorable songs and an excellent cast,this film has some fabulous sets and a certain charm.
Special mention must go to Ron Moody who makes an excellent Fagin,Jack Wilde a charming Dodger and Oliver Reed who makes for a very menacing Bill Sykes.The film is perhaps a tad too long but this is still an top drawer musical and a recommended purchase.
The extras are a bit on the thin side which is a pity but there is enough here to satisfy any fan of musicals.

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ActorsShani Wallis, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Ron Moody, Mark Lester, Leonard Rossiter, Kenneth Cranham, Peggy Mount & Jack Wild
DirectorCarol Reed
CertificateUniversal Suitable for All
Year1968
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesGerman ; Italian ; Spanish
SubtitlesEnglish ; German ; Polish ; Czech ; Hungarian ; Hindi ; Turkish ; Danish ; Spanish ; Swedish ; Finnish ; Icelandic ; Arabic ; Bulgarian ; Dutch ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Italian
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration2 hours and 24 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.