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UPC: 043396012868
UPC 14: 00043396012868
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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 (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 honor among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards (1968), including Best Picture and Best Score, Oliver! will steal your heart!

"Colorful settings, atmosphere complement rousing score...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
A rousing film version of Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic novel, OLIVER! stars Ron Moody as Fagin and Mark Lester as the eponymous hero. The orphaned Oliver escapes to London from a dreary workhouse and is taken in by a gang of young pickpockets who work for master thief Fagin while learning their trade. When he's falsely accused of stealing from the gang by the fearsome Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), Oliver begins to realize that he has more friends than he had thought.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/27/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 153 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 01286
Video UPC UPC: 00043396012868
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jack Wild
Video Cast Info Mark Lester
Video Cast Info Oliver Reed
Video Cast Info Ron Moody
Video Cast Info Carol Reed - Director
Video Cast Info Charles Dickens - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info John Box - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Woolf - Producer
Video Cast Info Lionel Bart - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Oswald Morris - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ralph Kemplen - Editor
Video Cast Info Vernon Harris - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, ODD MAN OUT) softens the edges of his social commentary as he heads into the slums of 19th-century London in this vigorous adaptation of Lionel Bart's musical version of the Dickens classic. Mark Lester stars as Oliver, a nine-year-old orphan who's sold to an undertaker by workhouse officials for objecting to his scant rations; he soon manages to escape from bondage and make his way to London. There he's befriended by the precocious Artful Dodger (Jack Wild), a pickpocket who belongs to a gang of youthful thieves run by Fagin (Ron Moody), a veteran cutpurse. This criminal mentor admits Oliver to his academy of larceny, introducing him also to the brutish Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) and Sikes's kind-hearted wife, Nancy (Shani Wallis). As time passes, Nancy becomes almost a mother to Oliver, and when the resentful Sikes falsely accuses the boy of stealing from the gang, it's time for the orphan to speak up and find out who his friends are. A romanticized and more lighthearted retelling of Dickens's brooding social melodrama, buoyed by a score studded with standards such as "Who Will Buy?" and "Where Is Love?" and energized by Broadway-style choreography, OLIVER! is a model of what a film musical should be.

Awards


Oscar (1969)
Video Award Name Carol Reed, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Johnny Green, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
Video Award Name John Woolf, Winner, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Ron Moody, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Jack Wild, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...[Reed has] one of the juiciest roles of his career as the murderous Bill Sykes..." 03/01/2001 p.104
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