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- Dashiell B.
A charming musical adaptation of Dicken's story. Moody won the Golden Globe as Fagin, while Wild was nominated for the Artful Dodger, Lester gives a natural performance as the title character. The film won the Best Picture Oscar of '68, the film also won for Reed's direction, production design, sound, score and a honorary award for Onna White's choreography. An entertaining family musical. I give it a 4.5/5.
- Erik Wagner
It's not really a bad movie as much as the music really bugs me. I do like the "Who Will Buy" segment a lot and "Consider Yourself" and "I'd Do Anything" are okay. The acting is fine, but I always feel so removed from the characters. I'll blame Carol Reed for that as well. The original book pulls you into the pitiful world that is Oliver's and the dire straits of the gutter world. This place doesn't seem that bad. Nancy is a character I usually love, like Joni in "Deadwood"; a depressed whore always makes me cry, but when Shani Wallis starts singing, I just want to stick something in her mouth and give the scene some desperately needed action. And she suffers from 60's helmet hair in a period piece. In the end, "Oliver" should not have beat out "Romeo and Juliet" or one of the best films ever "The Lion in Winter
- Bruce Reber
Although it's very loosely based on the Dickens classic "Oliver Twist" and takes many liberties with the original story, "Oliver!" is a very charming and enteraining musical and one of my favorites. It has lively songs and dance numbers, great cinematography, and excellent performances from all of the actors. Please show it more often TCM - it seems the only time it's on is during 31 Days Of Oscar.
One of the best
The track record of movie adaptations of live theatrical musicals is a very mixed one. Some are wonderful, while others suffer from the loss of the live atmosphere and the use of movie stars who lack the talents required by musicals. But "Oliver!" is one of the best. It uses actors (many of whom are veterans of its stage productions) who can do their own singing and dancing and it is faithful to the stage show, cutting very little but using the range of the camera to expand on the scope of its largest musical numbers. A joy!
My favorite movie.
I love this film. I had a crush on Jack Wild who was the perfect Artful Dodger just as Ron Moody was the perfect Fagin. Oliver Reed, Shani Wallis and Mark Lester were good in their roles too. The kids in it are more natural than the kids in the Sound of Music. It did the book justice.
one of the greatest musicals ever!
My favorite musical, 'Oliver!' is a touching, loveable academy award-winning British film. Unlike so many American musicals, there's no dubbing, and the accents are real! Near-perfect, and perhaps ahead of its time as well.