Oliver! parents guide


Overall A-

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.

Release date October 5, 1968

Violence B-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B+
Substance Use C+

Why is Oliver! rated G? The MPAA rated Oliver! G

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Oliver! rated G? Oliver! is rated G by the MPAA

Covering some complex issues, such as poverty, neglect, abusive relationships, and the ethics of breaking the law in order to survive, Dickens’ story may seem an unlikely candidate for family entertainment. Yet the use of song and dance in this adaptation helps to soften some of the violent incidents, deepen the emotion of the desperate characters, and even lighten the mood with its infusions of humor.

Between the musical diversions and the decision to allude to (rather than portray) objectionable content, Oliver! presents a version of this classic literary work that most parents should feel comfortable sharing with their kids. (Very young viewers will still be frightened by moments of peril, some beatings dished out by a bully, and the depiction of a man being shot and hanged.) Reviewing the situation, the great novelist offers valuable insights into the powerful human need to love and be loved, as well as a providing a better understanding and sympathy for those who live a less-than fine life.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Oliver! movie is August 11, 1998. Here are some details…

Release Date: 11 August 1998—Oliver! Thirtieth Anniversary Tribute Edition
While the movie clocks in at a fat two-and-a-half hours, the extra features are rather lean. They include a short making-of featurette and some promotional trailers. But the quality of the restoration won’t leave you begging for anything more. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French, with subtitles in English and French.

Special Note: Oliver! DVD & CD Gift Set
Release Date: 27 September 2005
This two-disc set offers the same DVD bonus features available in the 30th Anniversary Edition, plus a copy of the original motion picture soundtrack of Oliver!

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Charles Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted to the silver screen many times. Check out these versions: Oliver Twist (1997), Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski’s), and the animation Oliver & Company. Other award winning (or nominated) lavish musicals include South Pacific and The Sound of Music.