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Director:
Writers:
Charles Dickens (by)
David Lean (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
30 July 1951 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Screen Event To Be Remembered For All Time !
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Best-Looking B&W Movie Ever See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Newton ... Bill Sykes

Alec Guinness ... Fagin
Kay Walsh ... Nancy
Francis L. Sullivan ... Mr. Bumble
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Brownlow
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Corney

Anthony Newley ... Artful Dodger
Josephine Stuart ... Oliver's Mother
Ralph Truman ... Monks
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs Sowerberry
Gibb McLaughlin ... Mr. Sowerberry
Amy Veness ... Mrs. Bedwin
Frederick Lloyd ... Mr. Grimwig
John Howard Davies ... Oliver Twist
Henry Edwards ... Police Official
Ivor Barnard ... Chairman of the Board
Maurice Denham ... Chief of Police
Michael Dear ... Noah Claypole
Michael Ripper ... Barney

Peter Bull ... Landlord of 'Three Cripples'
Deidre Doyle ... Mrs. Thingummy

Diana Dors ... Charlotte
Kenneth Downey ... Workhouse Master (as Kenneth Downy)
W.G. Fay ... Bookseller
Edie Martin ... Annie
Fay Middleton ... Martha
Graveley Edwards ... Mr.Fang
John Potter ... Charlie Bates
Maurice Jones ... Workhouse Doctor
Hattie Jacques ... Singer at 'Three Cripples'
Betty Paul ... Singer at 'Three Cripples'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Briggs ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Albert Chevalier ... Courtroom Policeman (uncredited)
Erik Chitty ... Workhouse Board Member (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Eustace Shipman ... Doctor Who Delivers Oliver (uncredited)
Paul Stockman ... Fagin's gang member (uncredited)
Dennis Wyndham ... Man In Street Who Punches Oliver (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (by)

David Lean (screen play) and
Stanley Haynes (screen play)

Eric Ambler  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Kay Walsh  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Ronald Neame .... producer
 
Original Music by
Arnold Bax  (as Sir Arnold Bax D. Mus. Master of the King's Musick)
 
Cinematography by
Guy Green (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Casting by
Dennis Van Thal (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
T. Hopewell Ash (uncredited)
Claude Momsay (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup (as Stuart Freebourne)
George Blackler .... makeup associate (uncredited)
Biddy Chrystal .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Norman Spencer .... production manager
Pat MacDonnell .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Bob McNaught .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Chuck Simpson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Bryan .... sets designed by
T. Hopewell Ash .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Claude Mauncy .... set dresser (uncredited)
Geoffrey Woodward .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Lambourne .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
George Paternoster .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stanley Grant .... special effects
Joan Suttie .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Les Bowie .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Oswald Morris .... camera operator
Jim Body .... focus puller (uncredited)
John Godar .... focus puller (uncredited)
Alan Hume .... focus puller (uncredited)
Charles Trigg .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Bob Rayner .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Clive Donner .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harriet Cohen .... the "Oliver" themes played by
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
The Philharmonia Orchestra of London .... the "Oliver" themes played by (as the Philharmonia Orchestra of London)
John Huntley .... music staff (uncredited)
 
Other crew
J. Arthur Rank .... presenter (as J.Arthur Rank)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Sibley)
Wenham Bill .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stuart Chant .... publicist (uncredited)
Iris Dalton .... production secretary (uncredited)
Vicky Fuggle .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min | USA:105 min | West Germany:110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Egypt:(Banned) (original release) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (re-release) (2006) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1990) | UK:U (re-rating) (1948) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) (1947) (Janus print) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating)
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Trivia:
The wordless opening sequence, in which Oliver's mother staggers over the rain-swept moors to give birth on the steps of the workhouse, was devised by Kay WalshSee more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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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Movie Connections:
Version of Oliver Twist (1912/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Camberwell Road on a Sunday NightSee more »

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41 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
The Best-Looking B&W Movie Ever, 23 December 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

After viewing over 10,000 movies, I still have the same opinion I had after I saw this movie the first time and had watched maybe a thousand films at that point: this is simply the best-looking black-and-white film I've ever seen.

On the Criterion DVD, scene after scene is just jaw-dropping. I have never seen so many incredible shots with wonderful contrasts of light and dark. Much of this is filmed dark rooms or nighttime in the cobblestone streets. Those scenes, combined with many facial closeups, great buildings, and interesting camera angles, all make this an incredible viewing experience.

All of this helps make up for watching a depressing story. It was just unappealing, at least to me, because all the people except for the little boy are unlikable. Some of them mistreat the little kid and that's difficult to watch. I'm a sucker for nice people, especially an innocent child, and to see suffer is not fun to me.

One of those bad guys, however, is memorable: Fagin, played by Alec Guiness. In this film, he has to be one of the ugliest people I've ever seen, sporting the biggest nose ever put on screen. A teenage Anthony Newley as "the artful Dodger" also stands out.

But, as someone who is into art, David Lean's direction and Guy Green's camera-work draw me back to this DVD every couple of years...and at least I always know there is a happy ending for the one nice kid in the film.

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