Oliver! (30th Anniversary Edition)

Producer: 
John Woolf
Director: 
Carol Reed
Starring: 
Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Jack Wild, Shani Wallis
Screenplay: 
Lionel Bart
Music By: 
Lionel Bart
Production Company: 
Romulus
Distributor: 
Columbia Tristar
Length in minutes: 
145
MPAA Rating: 
G
ISBN: 
0767812417
ASIN: 
0767812646
Publication Date: 
1968
List Price: 
14.95
Short Review: 
This lavish musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist follows a young orphan boy through the direst of circumstances to a loving place he can finally call home. An old-fashioned movie musical experience, perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Long Review: 

Follow young orphan Oliver Twist from his dismal beginnings in a workhouse, to the streets and back alleys of London – a place populated by pickpockets and worse (but where everyone can sing and dance!) There, he is befriended and recruited by the Artful Dodger, Fagin, and their associates, the aforementioned pickpockets. Soft-voiced and wide-eyed, Mark Lester as Oliver is the picture of trust and innocence. But Jack Wild as the wily Artful Dodger, and Ron Moody as the greedy yet likable ringleader Fagin steal the show. An energetic production with spirited, inventive choreography and brilliant songs, including “Food Glorious Food”, “Where is Love”, “Consider Yourself”, “As Long as He Needs Me”, this video will make you nostalgic for old-fashioned movie matinees; in addition to the lavish production numbers with a seeming cast of thousands, it also features lengthy opening credits, a blank screen during the musical overtures to both acts, and an intermission! True to its Dickensian origin, this film is filled with the panoply of human emotion and experience. Though it doesn’t shy away from the despair, fear and terror that Oliver and others experience, it is ultimately the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of faith and love that win the day. However, parents of young children should be warned that Oliver! does contain some powerfully frightening scenes. Awarded the Oscar for Best Picture in 1968, this is old-fashioned movie musical making at its best. This 30th Anniversary edition has been digitally remastered and restored.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
academyaward-bestpicture1968
Miscellaneous: 
Winner of 6 Academy Awards.
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