I Want Some More

Oliver! was for a long time, the last musical to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards (until Chicago in 2002). It’s also the first and only officially G rated movie to win in that category. Like I’ve mentioned two times before, I saw this movie in my Middle School music class. 7th grade I watched West Side Story, 8th grade I watched Amadeus, and 6th grade (you guessed it) I watched Oliver!. Oliver! didn’t stand out to me as much as the others. Maybe because of how tame it was. As Best Picture winners go, Oliver! is pretty family friendly. Most people know the story of the orphan named Oliver Twist. He worked hard labor and ate gruel until one day when he did what no one else did. He asked for more. Oliver is an OK protagonist, but the supporting characters are the ones who really shine. Oliver actually doesn’t even have much dialogue and his singing is dubbed by a professional female singer. Specifically the underground pickpocketing group he meets. The songs are also very good. Notably “Food, Glorious Food,” as it’s the most well known song from the movie. The songs are the main reason the movie is nearly 3 hours long. Oliver! will be best remembered for its innocence and for being one of the last of an era that defined Hollywood at the time.

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“Please sir, I want some more”

One thought on “I Want Some More

  1. Alongside Tom Thumb, this was a festive staple when I was growing up, so it’s always been a favourite… even if I haven’t seen it for about 20 years. But there’s no doubt that it’s the support cast that light this up.

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