Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Director: David Lean Cast: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh

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Overview

The second of director David Lean's adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel (Great Expectations (1946) was the first), Oliver Twist expertly boils down an enormous novel to a little less than two hours' screen time. The film begins with baby Oliver left on the doorstep of an orphanage/workhouse by his unwed mother. Proving a difficult charge to the wicked orphanage official, Oliver (John Howard Davies) is sold into a job as an undertaker's apprentice. He runs away and joins a gang of larcenous street urchins, led by master pickpocket Fagin (Alec Guinness). Oliver is rescued from this life by the kindly Mr. Brownlow (Henry Stephenson); but, with the complicity of evil Bill Sikes (Robert Newton), Fagin abducts Oliver. Sikes' girl friend Nancy (Kay Walsh) restores Oliver to Brownlow, leading to tragic consequences before an ultimately happy ending. Oliver Twist was filmed in England in 1948, but its American release was held up for three years due to the allegedly anti-Semitic portrayal of the duplicitous Fagin. Even in its currently censored form, Oliver Twist is one the best-ever film versions of a Dickens novel. It served as a blueprint for Oliver! (1968), the Oscar-winning musical version.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/1995
UPC: 0707729750635
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Hallmark
Presentation: [B&W]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Newton Bill Sikes
Alec Guinness Fagin
Kay Walsh Nancy Sikes
Francis L. Sullivan Mr. Bumble
John Howard Davies Oliver Twist
Anthony Newley Artful Dodger
Mary Clare Mrs. Corney
Ralph Truman Monk
Josephine Stuart Oliver's Mother
Gibb McLaughlin Mr. Sowerberry
Kathleen Harrison Mrs. Sowerberry
Amy Veness Mrs. Bedwin
W.G. Fay Bookseller
Maurice Denham Chief of Police
Ivor Barnard Chairman of the Board
Peter Bull Landlord of "Three Cripples"
Frederick Lloyd Mr. Grimwig
Edie Martin Annie
Kenneth Downey Workhouse Master
Deirdre Doyle Mrs. Thingummy
Michael Dear Noah Claypole
Maurice Jones Workhouse Doctor
Diana Dors Charlotte
Henry Edwards Police Official
Hattie Jacques Singer
Henry Stephenson Mr. Brownlow

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Screenwriter
Arnold Bax Score Composer
John Bryan Set Decoration/Design
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Grant Special Effects
Guy Green Cinematographer
Jack Harris Editor
Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer
Stanley Haynes Screenwriter
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ronald Neame Producer
Joan Suttie Special Effects

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Oliver Twist 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a great movie from one of the great directors of all time (david lean).a jem of an actor in alec guinness,and one of the best authors ever (charles dickens).this is it.an outstanding movie to share with friends and family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I said in the title, this is the best ever film-version of a Dickens novel. Oliver Twist expertly tells the story of this enormous novel in less than two hours' screen time. We start with baby Oliver left on the doorstep of an orphanage by his unwed mother. Proving a difficult charge to the wicked orphanage official, Oliver is sold into a job as an undertaker's apprentice. He then runs away and joins a gang of street urchins, led by master pickpocket Fagin . Oliver is rescued from this life; but, with the help of Bill Sikes, Fagin abducts Oliver. Sikes' girl friend Nancy does all she can to restores Oliver to his home. This leads to Oliver going home, but to her death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i was a little girl my aunt took me to go see the play olvier twist i was amazed at what a great job the actors did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago