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Still shot from the movie: Oliver!.


Putting Dickens' classic to music, this lavish 1968 production not only won an Academy Award for Best Picture, it also presented the master storyteller's tale of a young orphan championing over neglect, poverty, and crime, in a way most parents could share with their children. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Theater Release: 05 Oct 1968
Video Release: 11 Aug 1998
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why is Nancy’s attention drawn to Oliver? What is it they are both looking for? What do we learn about Nancy’s motivations from the songs, I’d Do Anything For You and As Long As He Needs Me?

As Fagin reviews his life situation, he sings, “Must a Villain Be a Villain All His Life?” Do you think a criminal can reform? After watching the scene near the end of the movie where Fagin and Dodger meet, how do you think Dickens would answer that question?

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