With five Oscars on its plate, Carol Reed's musical version of Oliver Twist stars the huggable Mark Lester as the poor orphan who escapes the workhouse only to find himself amidst a gang of young city pickpockets led by sneaky scoundrel Fagin (marvellous Ron Moody). Memorable on every level, from the recreation of Victorian London and great performances (Jack Wild's Artful Dodger is just that and Oliver Reed makes the perfect bully as Bill Sikes) to the singalong numbers, including 'Food, Glorious Food', 'Consider Yourself' and, of course, 'You've Got to Pick a Pocket'. You want more? More?!
Lionel Bart's musical of Dickens's Oliver Twist was a huge stage hit and became an equally big-screen smash. With all these wonderful songs and vigorous playing from the top-notch cast, it's a national treasure.
Ron Moody as Fagin, Shani Wallis as Nancy and Oliver Reed as Bill Sikes, Mark Lester as Oliver and Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger all etch themselves into the heart.
A wonderful-looking movie, it fully deserves its five Oscars (Best Film, Director, Musical Score, Art Direction and Sound plus an honorary award for choreographer Onna White.