Carol Reed (1968)

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In this immensely popular film version of Lionel Bart's musical, Ron Moody - top-billed and Oscar-nominated as Fagin - brings a wealth of Petticoat Lane wit and wisdom, and a certain magnificence, to the role he had created on stage. Mark Lester is a bit too sweet as the orphaned Oliver Twist. On the other hand, Oliver Reed brings such dark brooding menace to the part of Bill Sikes that he might be too scary for younger viewers. The film collected six Oscars, including best picture and best director (Carol Reed, a last minute substitute for Lewis Gilbert, who probably would have brought the charm the fable sometimes lacks), and there's no denying that the Academy recognition for sound and art direction is well and truly justified. Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens, and adults can enjoy Shani Wallis's Nancy, Jack Wild's impish Artful Dodger (he was also Oscar-nominated), the inimitable Harry Secombe as Mr Bumble and Onna White's brisk Broadway choreography.


Oscar-winning musical version of the stage play based on Charles Dickens' classic tale about a lonely workhouse orphan who ends up on the cold streets of London, where he falls under the wing of petty crook Fagin and his gang of young backstreet thieves. Featuring the iconic songs Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, As Long as He Needs Me and You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Starring Ron Moody, Mark Lester, Oliver Reed, Jack Wild, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis and Leonard Rossiter.

Cast & Crew

Fagin Ron Moody
Bill Sikes Oliver Reed
Oliver Mark Lester (2)
Mr Bumble Harry Secombe
Nancy Shani Wallis
Artful Dodger Jack Wild
Magistrate Hugh Griffith
Bet Sheila White
Mr Brownlow Joseph O'Conor
Widow Corney Peggy Mount
Mr Sowerberry Leonard Rossiter
Mrs Sowerberry Hylda Baker
Director Carol Reed
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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