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Delighted to see you looking so well my Dear! The Dodger will give you another suit for fear you will spoil that Sunday one!
[Finding Oliver's money]
Cor! Look at this!
[to Oliver after taking the money]
I'll bank it for ya.
What's that? That's mine Fagin!
Oh no my Dear. Mine! Ours! You shall have the books.
You hand it over you old skeleton!
[Fagin reluctantly Bill the money]
. That's for our share of the trouble. You keep the books. Start a library.
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A high-spirited, lively version of the well-known story, the film manages to fit in songs and dances without subtracting from the deeper issues in Dickens' novel. The times are depicted vividly well, with excellent sets and costumes, and the film works as both surface entertainment for the young generation, and as a drama with deeper ideas behind it for the more adult viewer. As a musical, the story is not as potent as otherwise - if you compare it to David Lean's version for example - but yet the film explains parts of the story better than Lean's version did. It is not a perfect film as such, with some dances routines seeming pointless and a length that does become a tad annoying, but it is such a brilliant realisation of Dickens, and it is so well done, that it is hard not to think highly of the film. Ron Moody especially is very good: perfect as Fagin in an Oscar nominated role.
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