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Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 July 1951 (USA)
Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket ... See full summary »

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Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket and he joins a household of young boys who are trained to steal for their master. This version of Oliver Twist is topped by Alec Guinness's masterly performance of arch-thug Fagin. Written by Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>

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In the musical version of Oliver!, Mr. Brownlows name is never mentioned. See more »

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The end credits misspell Bill Sikes' name as 'Sykes'. See more »

Quotes

Noah Claypole: Workhouse, what's your mother?
Oliver Twist: She's dead.
Noah Claypole: What she die of workhouse?
Oliver Twist: They said she died of a broken heart.
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Version of Oliver Twist (1922) See more »

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He Don't Know When To Stop
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Music by Frederick Lewis
Lyrics by Ronald Hill
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Lean does it again - A Masterpiece

David Lean spoils us yet again, Oliver Twist is an amazing piece of work. I regard this version of the Dicken's classic as definitive. No one could capture the eerie quality and the authentic style better than Lean.

The film is quite dark, strong blacks dominate the canvas.

The acting is extraordinary, Alec Guinness as Fagin steals the film. Perfect casting. Robert Newton is equally superb as the drunk, Sykes. John Howard Davies as Oliver is fantastic, he fits the character perfectly.

The direction and screenplay are awesome, I can't put into words how perfect everything is.

Watch the greatest adaptation of Oliver Twist by David Lean, it's a masterpiece!


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