After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
"Oliver!" is a 1968 musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was written by Vernon Harris. Both the film and play are based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. 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 in Shepperton Film Studio in Surrey, the film was a Romulus Films production and was distributed internationally by Columbia Pictures.
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.
Genre': Drama, Family, Musical
Release date: September 26, 1968
Director: Carol Reed
Screenplay by: Vernon Harris
Based on: "Oliver!", the stage musical by Lionel Bart
From: "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens
Music: Lionel Bart
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Edited by: Ralph Kemplen
Cast: Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis, Mark Lester, Jack Wild
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
- Best Sound
- Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation)
- Honorary Award - For outstanding choreography achievement
- Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
- Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
* © 1968 - Columbia Pictures