Oliver! Movie Review Summary

Actors: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Oliver Reed

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Oliver!

This is a wonderful movie about a young boy. He is orphaned at birth by an unwed mother who leaves him in a workhouse in 1800's England. The story starts when young Oliver is sold by the workhouse after requesting more food. He finds his way to freedom in the London warehouse district, where he meets the Artful Dodger, played spectacularly by the late Jack Wild. The Artful Dodger takes Oliver to Fagin, played by Ron Moody, and is taught the fine art of pickpocketing. Poor Oliver is nabbed by the police, even though innocent. Through the ensuing events, Bill Sykes, a previous "graduate" of Fagin's is worried that Oliver will inform on the crime ring. He kidnaps Oliver with the help of his wife, Nancy played by Shani Wallis.
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The turn of events is as heartwretching as any, but in the end will Oliver finds the love and family he so desperately seeks? The choreography is breathtaking, the costumes are the best, only Titanic has a better time era costume. Oliver Reed plays Bill Sykes with such perfection that you feel the hair on the back of your neck raising everytime his scenes come up. The London ghetto is second to none.
The review of this Movie prepared by Tamara

Oliver! is a musical based on the Charles Dickens book Oliver Twist. Mark Lester stars as the lead role of Oliver, an orphaned boy bought up in a slave house. He gets sold to an undertaker after daring to ask for more gruel. But he runs away to London where he meets the charasmatic Artful Dodger, played by Jack Wild - the main pickpocket in a gang of boys led by Fagin (Ron Moody). The story follows Oliver's search for a family while trying to escape the evil Sykes (Oliver Reed).
The film is a musical and has many songs, including 'Consider Youself', 'Where is love?', 'Oom-pah-pah', and 'Who will buy...'.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daisy

If you've the urge to pick a pocket or two, Carol Reed's “Oliver!” will put you in the mood.
This Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' “Oliver Twist” is one of
Hollwood's all time greats, starring Ron Moody as Fagin, Oliver Reed as Bill Sikes, and
introducing Mark Lester as Oliver. Frolicking, rolicking--and even tragic--this film
is a milestone in movie-making. The muscial numbers, the choreography, the
cinematography are all first rate and it is almost impossible not to leave the theatre
humming “Where Is Love”!

The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs

Script Analysis of Oliver!

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes How much story is philosophy rather than plot?    -   2 () Parent(s) gone?    -   Orphan story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   slave Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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