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Writers:
Charles Dickens (by)
David Lean (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
30 July 1951 (USA) See more »
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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:
A Perfect Realization of Dickens' World See more (59 total) »

Cast

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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:
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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:
Alfie Bass was considered for the the Artful Dodger, until Kay Walsh, David Lean's wife at the time, recommended Anthony Newley who was with her in Vice Versa (1948).See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The end credits misspell Bill Sikes' name as 'Sykes'.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Bumble:Cry your hardest now, it opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes and softens down the temper. So cry away.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Camberwell Road on a Sunday NightSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A Perfect Realization of Dickens' World, 25 May 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

David Lean's adaptation of "Oliver Twist" is the perfect screen version of a wonderful novel. Dickens' world comes alive through the acting, writing, and settings, making it not only a faithful realization of the atmosphere of the original, but also a joy to watch. The story of the young orphan Oliver, caught among a band of thieves while longing for a home of his own, is one of Dickens' most melodramatic, a story that loses all effectiveness and believability if not told with great skill. Dickens' own great writing made the original succeed, and this screen version succeeds because it too is done masterfully.

While some details have been necessarily changed for cinematic purposes, the world of the film is all Dickens. The acting in this film is wonderful - the actors are true Dickens characters, from Robert Newton (Sikes), Alec Guinness (with some wild make-up, as Fagin), and young John Howard Davies (Oliver), to all of the minor roles. They are all just slightly exaggerated, which makes them perfect renderings of the way that Dickens designed his characters. The settings are also perfect, from the bleak workhouse at the beginning to the labyrinth of decrepit rooms and passageways where Fagin's gang hides out.

Those who love old-fashioned stories like "Oliver Twist" will find this movie to be a perfect realization of the world of the original novel. It is a memorable and enjoyable film.



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