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468 Ratings


Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1968
Drama, Musical, Family


Carol Reed (The Third Man) 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.

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Oliver! Directed by Carol Reed

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1969 | 6 wins including: Honorary Award

1969 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1969 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1969 | 8 nominations including: Best Actor

Directors Guild of America

1969 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Oliver! is not merely unfaithful to Dickens but completely inappropriate as well. First of all, Lionel Bart seems to belong to that Broadway-West End school of thought that believes a musical can be made of anything from The Decameron to Das Kapital… Bart sentimentalizes the grime and crime with his ludicrous lyrics. Worse still, the group numbers of lower-class Londoners destroy the Dickensian literary heritage of individuality and grotesque contrast.
January 09, 1969
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