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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If only movies were made like this today. This film is filled with witty comedy, wonderful music, and great acting. One of the best musicals out there!! This film displays a boy's life going from the lowest of low (an orphanage) and slowely rising to a better life. The only thing is, it makes stealing look a little. .. well . . fun! But i'm sure we can all live with that...
Published on March 25 2004 by Migdalia Burgoin
3.0 out of 5 stars consider it a good movie
this was a pretty good musical version of oliver twist mark lester was great. I espically like jack wild and ron moody as dodger and fagin after seeing this you bound to be hum the songs all night. if you have to read the novel for a class and want to cheat by wacthing a movie dont use this version.
Published on July 18 2002 by YVETTE MOHILL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a Soundtrack?,
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This review is from: Oliver! (Widescreen) (DVD)Great movie, but is there a soundtrack? I can not find one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of the great scenes in film,
This review is from: Oliver! (Widescreen) (DVD)Many of the reviewers here have wonderfully described the movie. But it is worth nothing that two scenes in this movie may be some of the greatest ever. When Oliver awakes and asks "who will buy this beautiful morning?" a stunning 10 minitues of motion picture genius errupts. The scenes of 19th century industry come alive with milkmaids, teachers, nannies and even a marching band. Fantastic wonderment. The other great scene is when Oliver is introduced into London life - Consider Yourself - part of the family, part of the scenery - the scenery of butchers and chimney sweeps, of bobbies and fish mongers. Amazing amazing amazing.
The film captures a subtle and enjoyable smattering of history -- the industry of the 19th century. Whether it is the butchers processing meat, the brewers and their barrells or the undertaker of the day advertising "cheap funerals," the film has a hustle bustle of 19th century capitalism, where the city is producing wealth, where people are pursuing their trades, even if some of them happen to be pickpockets. Marvelous movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching musical,
This review is from: Oliver! (Widescreen) (DVD)This musical has wonderful music and lyrics to it. It is also pretty much well acted out. The visuals can be stunning at times. It's inspirational. The musical shows the plight of the poorer orphan boys who must work at a factory in order to have board and be fed gruel every day. The governors and Mr. Bumble are hypocrites because they eat three feasts a day while the orphans get gruel. They dream of eating the delicious food that they have never tasted. Oliver gets the wrong straw and must ask for another serving of gruel. He is called greedy and is sold to an undertaker. A man in the shop insults his mother, and he is sent to the cellar. The window is loose and he escapes, getting on a vegetable truck and ends up in London. He meets the Artful Dodger, whose "art" is to pick pockets. He introduces him to a "respectable gentleman" named Fagin, and this man houses orphans in exchange that they pick pockets for him. An enjoyable musical!
Warning: This may not be appropriate for young children because of the violence in the killing of Nancy. I remember being scared and horrified as a child when I saw that scene, but now I take it better. ;)
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've ever seen in my life!,
Since it is a film adaptation of a musical which in turn is based on the book, its storyline is not unexpectedly different from the book's.
Finding Oliver! was one of MY greatest unexpected fortunes.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Musical Production,
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of the Best Musicals I Ever Watched!,
This review is from: Oliver! (Widescreen) (DVD)Oliver is one of the best musicals I have watched and I really enjoyed the story and most of the singing. The Kid who played Oliver was a good actor and adorable. I used to have the soundtrack on cassette tape but it disappeared and I had the movie on video tape but that also disappeared so I will probably get the DVD someday and maybe the soundtrack too.
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST,
This review is from: Oliver! (Widescreen) (DVD)Oliver is for me one of the best musicals ever made in cinema. With the wonderfull Fagin'n roll in hands of Ron Moody you can't do anything wrong spend your money in this item.Only for this you must buy this dvd.
This Carol Reed Film Won six Oscar and everybody: Jack wild , Mark Lester and specially Shanni Wallis, Harry Secombe and Oliver Reed make excellent interpretations.They are good actors and actrees.
Excellent Original sountrack.
Are you gonna miss the dvd really or must i send you my homesick dog to convince you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie,
This review is from: Oliver! (Widescreen) (DVD)My mother used to play the soundtrack when I was younger. Imagine my delight when my daughter sang a medley of 'Oliver' for her school performance. I bought the DVD for her to see 'where the songs came from.' She loves it as much as I do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Oliver!!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Dickens' Classic With A Twist,
This review is from: Oliver! (Widescreen) (DVD)Famed British director Carol Reed was more known for his dark psychological thrillers like Odd Man Out and the brilliant The Third Man, so when he was tapped to director the film version of the hit musical Oliver, it seemed like an unusual choice. But the film turned out to be a roaring success. The musical was an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist which follows the story of a nine-year old orphan, Oliver (Mark Lester), who is recruited by another orphan, The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild), to join a gang of pickpockets working for the unscrupulous Fagin (Ron Moody) and the murderous and reviled Sikes (Oliver Reed, the director's nephew). Mr. Reed does a brilliant job through the first part of the film, relating the story almost exclusively through song and dance numbers including the wonderful "Food, Glorious Food", "Boy For Sale" and "Consider Yourself". The second half of the film gets bogged down by some stilted dialogue and less musical numbers, but overall, the film is charming entertainment. The cast is excellent, led by the young Mr. Wild, who is dead on as the Dodger and Mr. Moody who hits all the right notes as Fagin. Both were nominated for Acting Oscars, Mr. Wild in Best Supporting category and Mr. Moody for Best Actor. In all, the film garnered eleven Academy Award nominations in 1968 and won six including Best Picture, a Best Director award for Mr. Reed and an honorary Oscar for Onna White for her superb choreography which may be the true star of the film.
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Oliver! (Widescreen) by Ronald Saland (DVD - 1998)
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