Oliver! (1968)

oliver“[sings] Once a villain, you’re a villain to the end!” – Dodger

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young orphan gets taken in by a band of pickpockets in England and must learn to survive on the street.

My Take on it – I have avoided seeing this movie for years because I didn’t think it would be that good.

I was right!!!

This movie is just another mediocre Best Picture winner from a year where the competition wasn’t so tough.

The one thing that I was extremely impressed with while watching this was the Choreography.  It was amazing to see the dancers during each musical piece.  To show how unique the work done here was, the Academy gave this movie a Special Oscar for excellence in Choreography (something that was never done before.)

This movie won 5 of 11 Oscars plus the Special award.  It won Best Picture, Director, Art Direction, Musical Score and Sound.

It lost Writing, Cinematography, Best Actor (Ron Moody), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Wilde), Costume Design and Film Editing.

Bottom Line – Not one of the best movies to win Best Picture, but it was a weak year.  The choreography is truly awe-inspiring here even though the story isn’t so strong.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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