1968 G 2h 26m DVD

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1968 G 2h 26m DVD
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Director Carol Reed's lively musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale stars Mark Lester as the titular orphan who escapes the workhouse and is taken under the wing of wily pickpocket Fagin (Ron Moody).
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
  • Oliver Reed
  • Mark Lester
  • Ron Moody
  • Harry Secombe
  • Shani Wallis
  • Jack Wild
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Oliver! is a lavish 1968 adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. It's warm and memorable -- and won six Oscars, including Best Picture -- but some of the scenes depicting street urchins and the poor of London in the mid-1800s might be troublesome for some families. Some of the younger characters are shown smoking pipes, and their "employer," the notorious Fagin, leader of their gang of pickpockets, has them drink gin. There are also scenes were poor people sing and carouse in a tavern. The film is over two-and-a half hours long, which could be an issue for younger viewers.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Street urchins are pushed and kicked by corrupt adults, but no one appears injured. A woman is hit with a cane and left for dead by her husband. The blows are not shown, but the man is shown swinging the cane as her screams are heard. A man is shot and killed. A boy is kidnapped, tied up. and thrown into the back of a wagon.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

In the right environment, a boy can be taught right from wrong.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Street urchins smoke pipes, and their evil overseer pours them cups of gin. In a pub, poor adults drink alcohol and sing pub songs.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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