Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Director: Renny Rye Cast: Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters


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This 2000 television adaptation of Charles Dickens' Victorian classic was originally released as a six-hour, three-part miniseries on PBS. Adapted by Alan Bleasdale, this version of Oliver Twist gives viewers a new look at an old story, waiting 90 minutes to even introduce its eponymous hero (played by Sam Smith), and taking pains to establish the background of Oliver's parents, good-hearted Agnes Fleming (Sophia Myles) and all-around coward Edwin Leeford (Tim Dutton). All of the resolutely Dickensian touches are here, from greedy relatives to secret wills, to stolen lockets containing valuable information, and all are ably brought to life by a talented cast that includes Julie Walters as Mrs. Mann, Michael Kitchen as Mr. Brownlow, Lindsay Duncan as Elizabeth Leeford, Marc Warren as Monks, and Robert Lindsay as Fagin. As an added bonus, the miniseries' score, by Paul Pritchard, contains additional music by none other than Elvis Costello.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2004
UPC: 0783421331396
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 6:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators; Access to the ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre web site; Scene selection; Described video for the visually impaired; Closed captions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Smith Oliver Twist
David Ross Mr. Bumble
Julie Walters Mrs. Mann/Bumble
Roger Lloyd Pack Mr. Sowerberry
Michael Kitchen Mr. Brownlow
Robert Lindsay Fagin
Andy Serkis Bill Sikes
Alex Crowley Artful Dodger
Annette Crosbie Mrs. Bedwin
Tim Dutton Edwin Leeford
Lindsay Duncan Elizabeth Leeford
Marc Warren Monks
Emily Woof Nancy Sikes
Liz Smith Sally
Sophia Myles Agnes Fleming
Alun Armstrong Actor

Technical Credits
Renny Rye Director
Alan Bleasdale Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Michele Buck Executive Producer
Elvis Costello Score Composer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
Keith Thompson Producer
Dennis Lowe Special Effects
Martin Maly Art Director
Paul Pritchard Score Composer
David Rees Editor
Martin Trevis Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episode 1
1. The Story Begins [1:34]
2. A Secret Romance [8:08]
3. The Locket [7:12]
4. Secrets Are Revealed [16:15]
5. The Inheritance and the Will [8:03]
6. A Plan for Murder [20:39]
7. The Search for Ages [17:41]
8. The Baby Is Born [8:28]
9. What to Do With Oliver? [7:05]
10. Off to the Workhouse [8:17]
Side #2 -- Episode 2
1. Oliver Wants Some More [9:54]
2. Off to the Undertaker [13:29]
3. Fagin and His Crew [12:43]
4. The Locket Resurfaces [6:49]
5. Dodger Trains Oliver [7:07]
6. Oliver Meets Mr. Brownlow [14:10]
7. Oliver Is Kidnapped [16:21]
8. More Trouble for Oliver [12:32]
9. Plans Among Thieves [13:38]
10. Robbing Mr. Brownlow [9:51]
Side #3 -- Episode 3
1. Oliver Is Left for Dead [12:59]
2. Nursing Oliver Back to Health [12:59]
3. Oliver Tells His Story [10:36]
4. Mr. Brownlow Accepts Dr. Losberne [12:49]
5. Nancy Goes With Mr. Brownlow [13:58]
6. A Vicious Murder [12:00]
7. Bill Sikes and Fagin Are Cornered [10:40]
8. The Bumbles Pay a Visit [5:49]
9. Oliver Learns the Truth [15:30]
10. A New Life for Oliver [8:25]

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Oliver Twist 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw oliver twist on pbs a few months ago, and i loved it. i've seen 2 other oliver twist movies, and this was by far the best of the three. its excellent, and marc warren is great. this is the only roll i've seen him in...but even though the character is creepy, i absolutely adored him. as the brits might say hes a ''right looka'' he is. even if he wasn't in it, the movie would still be great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it takes liberty with the book in its first episode, this BBC program follows the book remarkably well and adds twists that explain and elaborate on Dickens' classic. By far the best adaptation produced, it has an all-star cast and a lot of heart.