Daily Archives: October 4, 2010



When I was 10 years old, roughly the same age as the young stars of this 1968 musical, I saw the movie and was faced with a choice:  Should I identify with Oliver (Mark Lester), boy-hero of the film, or with the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild), that irascible pickpocket?  Easy choice.  Lester seems fine to me in the role now, but to my 10-year-old self, his angelic face and wimpy manner were much too girlish.  His voice was high-pitched and tremulous – also too feminine.  The Dodger, on the other hand – now there was a role model for a young boy.  But I digress.  What matters are the music, 1800s settings, and performances on display in this Carol Reed-directed classic.  Watch it for free by clicking here.


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