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Encyclopedia > Oliver! (film)
Oliver!

The movie's poster
Directed by Carol Reed
Produced by John Woolf
Written by Charles Dickens (novel)
Vernon Harris
Starring Mark Lester
Ron Moody
Shani Wallis
Oliver Reed
Music by Johnny Green
Eric Rogers
Onna White
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Editing by Ralph Kemplen
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) September 26, 1968
Running time 153 min.
Country U.K.
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Oliver! is an Academy Award winning film and 1968 musical film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical Oliver!. Both the film and play are based on the famous Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Image File history File links 68a. ... Sir Carol Reed (30 December 1906 – 25 April 1976) was an English film director, winner of an Academy Award for his film version of the musical, Oliver! (1968). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sir John Woolf and James Woolf of Romulus Films. ... Dickens redirects here. ... For the film director, see Mark L. Lester. ... Ronald Moodnick, known as Ron Moody (born January 8, 1924) is a British actor. ... Shani Wallis(b. ... Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... For the basketball player see Johnny Green (basketball) Johnny Green (10 October 1908, New York, New York – 15 May 1989 Los Angeles) was an American songwriter, composer, musical arranger, and conductor. ... Eric Rogers (born: 25th September 1921, Died: 8th April 1981) was a British conductor and composer. ... Onna White (March 24, 1922 – April 8, 2005) was a Canadian choreographer and dancer, nominated for eight Tony Awards. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and a member of the European Union. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, debuts. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... Sir Carol Reed (30 December 1906 – 25 April 1976) was an English film director, winner of an Academy Award for his film version of the musical, Oliver! (1968). ... Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. ... Dickens redirects here. ... Oliver Twist (1838) is Charles Dickens second novel. ...

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Background

The film used a mixture of young unknowns and 'big names': Ron Moody (Fagin), Oliver Reed (Bill Sikes), Harry Secombe (Mr Bumble), Mark Lester (Oliver), Jack Wild (Dodger), Shani Wallis (Nancy) and Joseph O'Conor as Mr. Brownlow. There was a minor outcry when Shani Wallis was given the role of Nancy in preference to Georgia Brown. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ronald Moodnick, known as Ron Moody (born January 8, 1924) is a British actor. ... Fagin is a fictional character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. ... Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... Bill Sykes is a fictional character in the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens He is one of Dickenss most menacing characters and a very strong force in the novel when it comes to having control over somebody or harming others. ... Sir Harry Donald Secombe, CBE (8 September 1921–11 April 2001) was a Welsh entertainer with a noted fine tenor singing voice and a talent for comedy. ... For the film director, see Mark L. Lester. ... Jack Wild (30 September 1952 – 2 March 2006) was an English actor who achieved fame for his roles in both stage and screen productions of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver!. For the latter performance (playing the Artful Dodger), he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the... The Artful Dodger is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. ... Shani Wallis(b. ... Nancy Sikes is the sympathetic lover of Bill Sikes in the novel Oliver Twist, in its film versions, and in the stage and film version of the musical Oliver!. She was corrupted at the age of six by Fagin, the seemingly lovable (but heartless) villain who persuades otherwise innocent youths... Cover of 2003 rerelease of two 1963 albums - Georgia Brown and Georgia Brown sings Gershwin. ...


The movie was adapted by Lionel Bart and Vernon Harris, and directed by Sir Carol Reed, who was also Oliver Reed's uncle. A few of the songs from the stage production were not used in the movie, but most of them were included. The unused songs often make appearances in the incidental music, for example, the music of Sikes' song "My Name" can be heard when the character first appears, and several other times whenever he is about to commit some nefarious deed. The film also included extended choreography sequences not found in the original show, and some additional dialogue scenes which expanded the role of Bill Sikes, who, in the stage version, did not even make his entrance until the second act. The songs that Sikes sang in the play were omitted, so that actor Oliver Reed had an opportunity to play the frightening villain as Dickens created him, and not as played in the watered-down characterization of the stage version. Lionel Bart (1930-1999) was a British composer of songs musicals, best known for Oliver! Bart was born Lionel Begleiter in London to Galician Jews, and grew up in Stepney. ... Sir Carol Reed (30 December 1906 – 25 April 1976) was an English film director, winner of an Academy Award for his film version of the musical, Oliver! (1968). ... Bill Sykes is a fictional character in the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens He is one of Dickenss most menacing characters and a very strong force in the novel when it comes to having control over somebody or harming others. ... Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ...


Reception

Oliver! received extremely favorable reviews and won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the first and only G-rated film to be so honored. (Ironically, the following year saw the first and only X-rated film to win a Best Picture Oscar: Midnight Cowboy, which was re-rated R two years later.) Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ... This article is about the 1969 film. ...


Oliver! also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation), and Best Sound. Onna White also won an honorary oscar for her choreography. The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... As defined by Rule Sixteen of the Academy Awards Rules, the Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ... Onna White (March 24, 1922 – April 8, 2005) was a Canadian choreographer and dancer, nominated for eight Tony Awards. ... Look up Choreography in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ron Moody), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Wild), Best Cinematography,which was by the legendary Oswald Morris. Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. In total, the film received eleven nominations. the end The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...


Songs

  • Overture (heard before the film begins)
  • Main Title (heard over the opening credits)
  • Food Glorious Food/Oliver!
  • Boy For Sale
  • Where is Love?
  • Consider Yourself
  • Pick a Pocket or Two
  • It's a Fine Life
  • I'd Do Anything
  • Be Back Soon
  • Ent'racte (heard during the film's intermission)
  • Who Will Buy?
  • As Long As He Needs Me
  • Reviewing the Situation
  • Oom-Pah-Pah
  • Reviewing the Situation (reprise)
  • Finale (Where Is Love?/Consider Yourself)

Words and Music by Lionel Bart, Music Supervised, Arranged and Conducted by John Green Overture (French ouverture, meaning opening) in music is the instrumental introduction to a dramatic, choral or, occasionally, instrumental composition. ... Food Glorious Food is the opening song from the musical and movie Oliver!. It is when the workhouse boys from the 1960s West End and Broadway musical and 1968 film adaptation are dreaming and fantasizing about food while going to collect their gruel from the staff of the workhouse. ... Oliver! is the title song from the 1960s original West End and Broadway musical Oliver! and the 1968 film of the same name. ... Where is Love? is a musical number from the Tony Award-winning musical Oliver!, based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. ... Consider Yourself is a song from the 1960s original West End and Broadway musical Oliver! and the 1968 film of the same name. ... This is a song sung by the character of Nancy in the musical/movie Oliver!, first introduced in the 1960 musical. ... A finale is a closing part, act or movement of a dramatic or musical composition, or more generally any event or procedure with a dramatically concluding effect. ... For others with the same name, see: John Green (disambiguation). ...


The pre-credits Overture as heard on the actual soundtrack of the film is not included on the soundtrack album. Instead, an abbreviated version of the Main Title is labeled "Overture". For the convenience of the original LP, the order of some of the songs was shuffled, but this was not corrected on the CD issue; rather incredibly, the film soundtrack CD is an exact duplicate of the LP, with no additional material added, although some film soundtrack CD's of musicals contain additional tracks that were unable to be put on the LP.


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Awards
Preceded by
In the Heat of the Night
Academy Award for Best Picture
1968
Succeeded by
Midnight Cowboy

 
 

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