An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.




On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Trench ...
Antoine Byrne ...
Olivia Caffrey ...
Anthony Finigan ...
Mr. Brownlow (as Anthony Finnegan)
Maria Charles ...
Eileen Colgan ...
Eilish Moore ...
Lisa Dwan ...
Conor Evans ...
Chief Constable
A.J. Kennedy ...
Police Constable
Jeff O'Toole ...
Hugh (as Jeffrey O'Toole)


Charles Dickens' classical story about the young orphan boy in 1837 England is again re-filmed in grand fashion. Richard Dreyfuss portrays Fagin, the unscrupulous leader of the young pick-pockets Oliver (Alex Trench) initially falls in with after escaping from a sweat shop and going to London to find his relatives. Written by John Sacksteder <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

16 November 1997 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Oliver: If you're good, good things will happen to you.
The Artful Dodger: [sarcastic] Where'd you learn that, the workhouse?
See more »


Version of NBC Special Treat: Oliver Twist (1981) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Forbidden Broadway
3 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Brian Kesler, phony film critic, with your daily movie buzz. As Disney sinks lower and lower every week, and the animation studio is being chopped up for winter firewood, their live action productions seem to be moving right along. 'Oliver Twist' has just managed to make its way onto television screens everywhere. And it's created quite a buzz regarding other versions of the film. After being advertised to magnificently horrid reviews, this sugar fest of insipid cockney accents and wonderfully witless dialogue has broken all sorts of records for cash lost in a single week. With it's eye shattering out of period fiberglass set and nauseating cinematography, 'Oliver Twist' has the look of a winner of minus three Emmy awards. And 'Oliver Twist' is perfect for the middle class suburban brain dead family. No nasty lyrics, gruesome perversions, or multiculturalism like there is in the musical and other versions. Oliver Twist has been sanitized, shrink wrapped, and drained of all blood for your protection. This is Brian Kesler with the movie buzz, and who the hell am I anyways?

4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: