Continuity mistake: When Nancy is singing "As Long As He Needs Me" her dress continually changes between shots from being over her shoulder to half way down her arm.

Other mistake: When Oliver is meeting Fagin and his boys, he says, "Is this a laundry then, sir?" You can see Jack Wild (Dodger) mouthing that line on the left side of the screen.

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Continuity mistake: In the early-morning scene at Mr. Brownlow's house, Oliver is shown sleeping in his bed. He awakens and his hair is in complete disarray as he walks towards the open balcony doors. Standing on the balcony and gazing outside, however, his hair is combed neatly.


Character mistake: In the beginning of the film, Oliver has been brought by Mr. and Mrs. Bumble to the Governor's door after asking for more to eat. Mrs. Bumble then sings, "They'll lay the blame on the one who named him," and as Mr. Bumble is responding, "O-li-ver", look at Oliver. He is completely spacing out and not in character at all - staring off into the distance and flicking his tongue in and out of his mouth.


Continuity mistake: While the boys are messing around with Oliver's stuff, Dodger and Fagin are in the background talking, and Fagin lifts his hand. In the next shot, a close-up of the two, Fagin's hand is down.

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Audio problem: Just after Oliver leaves Mr. Brownlow's house with the books and £5 note there is a shot of Bill Sykes and Nancy on a park bench. Just as Nancy stands up Bill's dog barks. Whilst you can hear the birds singing, nothing of the bark can be heard.

Deliberate mistake: When Fagin shakes Oliver's hand (when he first meets him) there is a blonde haired boy standing right behind Oliver, but in the shots from behind him, the boy is gone. This may be because the camera is just behind where the boy was and he had to move so they could get the shots from this angle.

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Continuity mistake: When Oliver first meets Fagin, he says " aren't we, my dears?" Dodger replies "'course we are Fagin" Dodger then looks up at Fagin and stops smiling. But when the camera zooms in, he does the same thing again, you can tell by his expression that it is the same shot but from a different angle.

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Continuity mistake: The final participants in the spectacular "Who Will Buy?" scene are the soldiers who make up the band and the platoon it leads. As they make their first appearance, the band is leading the platoon, and in blazing sunshine. By the end of the scene, it is overcast, and the platoon soldiers are now leading the band.

Continuity mistake: When Fagin puts Oliver to bed, inside is light, then Fagin walks outside and it is dark.

Continuity mistake: Just before "Be back soon", Dodgers asks Fagin if Oliver can go out with him and Charlie, earlier we see that Charlie is a small boy with dark hair and a black bakerboy hat. This same boy tells Dodger and Oliver to hurry up at the very end of "Be back soon". But when they arrive in London, Charlie is now someone different. He has a different shaped face and a different outfit. You see this boy earlier, claiming the sausages are mouldy, but there he has blonde hair.

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Continuity mistake: When Oliver first meets Fagin, he comes out with a sausage on a poker, in the shots from behind Oliver, the poker is at Oliver's eye level, but in the the shots from behind Fagin, it is much lower.

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Deliberate mistake: During "Consider Yourself", watch the meat-cutters - the cleavers they use never cut into the meat, just bounce off harmlessly. Obviously too dangerous to try and use real ones in such a crowded environment.

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Continuity mistake: During 'It's A Fine Life', Nancy fills a bowl of soup to give to Bill. Just after she fills it, she puts her arm round Bet's shoulder and Bet puts hers round Nancy's waist. Bet is holding a bowl in her left hand. When it cuts, to show them from the front, Bet is now holding the bowl in her right hand and the other is holding her skirt.

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Continuity mistake: When Dodger, Charlie and Oliver first arrive in London after "Be Back Soon," the camera shows the old woman's sweet stall in shadow. But when Dodger and Charlie steal from it, it is in full sun.

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Continuity mistake: During the 'who will buy' scene, the window cleaners come into shot and pitch their ladders to the balcony. The cleaners are beating the carpets over the balcony, and in the same shot you can see the ladders are not attached to the balcony. When the window cleaners climb the ladders and dismount, at the top you can see the ladders are now attached to the balcony with brackets.


Continuity mistake: When Fagin and his gang are outside singing 'Be back Soon,' Oliver is behind one of Fagin's gang members (not the Artful Dodger). In the next shot, Oliver is behind Dodger. And in the next shot, Oliver is behind the Fagin's gang member again.

Continuity mistake: In the last scene, when Dodger and Fagin are singing together, Dodger sings, "Once the villain, you're a villain to the end!" and the right corner of his fringe is tucked up into his hat. But when Fagin says, "Your light fingers," it is down again.

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Other mistake: At Fagin's place, Bill is supposed to give Nancy a back-handed slap that sends her to the floor, but there's no sound of the slap and there's no contact - it's very badly acted.

Continuity mistake: During the song "I'd Do Anything" Bet's hair is down and then pulled back, then down again at different parts of the song and dance in that scene.

Boy: These sausages are mouldy.
Fagin: Shut up and drink your gin.

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Trivia: The director, Carol Reed, is actually Oliver Reed's (portrays Bill Sikes) uncle.

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