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1 videodisc (153 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Double sided format.
Freely adapted from Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist."
Originally produced as a British motion picture in 1968.
Special features Side A: Theatrical trailer (4 min.); 1968 featurette (8 min.) Photo gallery [slide show].
Side A: Start -- "Overture" -- Opening credits -- "Food, Glorious Food" -- "Oliver!" -- "Boy for Sale" -- "Where is Love?" -- "Consider Yourself" -- Fagin -- "Pick a Pocket or Two" -- Bill Sikes -- "It's a Fine Life" -- "I'll Do Anything" -- "Be Back Soon" -- His first job -- Intermission (87 min.) Side B: "Entr'acte" -- "Who Will Buy?" -- "As Long As He Needs Me" -- Kidnapped -- "Reviewing the Situation" -- Locket -- Nancy & Mrs. Brownlow -- On the job -- "Oom-Pah-Pah" -- London Bridge - - Bullseye -- Making their escapes -- On the beam -- "Reviewing the Situation" -- End credits -- "Exit Music" (66 min.).
Director of photography, Oswald Morris ; film editor, Ralph Kemplen ; music supervised, arranged and conducted by John Green ; choreography and musical sequences staged by Onna White ; production designer, John Box ; art director, Terence Marsh ; costume designer, Phyllis Dalton.
A young orphan, Oliver is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft. But Oliver is not content to be a thief--for he knows that life holds great joys and true happiness cannot be stolen--but must be earned. Arguably the last great old-fashioned movie musical to receive near -universal critical acclaim, Oliver! first hit screens more than 37 years ago. As transformed into a film, the timeless West End and Broadway show remains incredibly faithful to the classic work of literature by Charles Dickens, dank and dark, an anomaly of song-and-dance cinema. A film of many facets, it is both a warts-and-all view of Victorian London, an adaptation of a classic novel, a salient slice of significant social commentary, and a rip-roaring tune-filled toe tapper to boot.
MPAA Rating: Rated G; Canadian Home Video Rating: PG.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents ; a Romulus Production ; book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart ; produced by arrangement and in association with Donald Albery ; screenplay by Vernon Harris ; produced by John Woolf ; directed by Carol Reed
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