#AtoZ 1968 – “O” is for Oliver!

“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.


The 1968 film, based on the stage musical, which, of course, is based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist, won six Academy awards, including Best Picture in 1968. It starred British actors Ron Moody and Oliver Reed, and introduced Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger and Mark Lester as Oliver.

The film earned $10.5 million North American box office and took in $77,402,877 worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 1968.

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Here’s the #22 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968

“I Wish It Would Rain” by The Temptations

17 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1968 – “O” is for Oliver!

  1. Oliver! is still a favorite musical of mine. I watched it for the first time in 4th grade before we did a play for the elementary school audience. I was really looking forward to playing Sikes or Dodger or anyone important, but instead got left with a small part with one line due to my limited English language skills at the time – Policeman #3. I got sick later that day and that ended my acting career. But still one of my favorite musicals! Thanks for the article!


    1. Hi Cathy,
      I bet you could find the book and maybe even a copy of the movie at your local library.
      As for the song, I was unfamiliar with it (even though I love The Temptations). But when my husband clicked the link and it started playing, he sang along word for word!


  2. Hi Martha – great to be reminded of another version of Oliver – my parents went a couple of times up to London to see the musical – I was never taken!! This version I’d love to see … cheers Hilary


  3. I love the novel, the film and the play which I’ve also seen on several ocassions, from school plays to the London Palladium. One of my favourite all time characters ❤


  4. no worries! wrong number was nice about it. I am making meatballs and sauce. if you want some, please come down with a container. xx


  5. As I told someone else who chose ‘Oliver’, I have never seen a movie but I did see the musical play with one of the Monkees. Ages ago. I would like to read the book someday.


  6. I don’t even know how many times I saw “Oliver.” I was mesmerized by the music, by the contrast between Mark Lester’s beauty and innocence and Oliver Reed’s innate menace and evil. And the music! I am not an aficionado of musicals in general; there are a handful I like. This is one of them.
    Just looking at your illustration brought back to many memories.


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