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Oliver Twist 

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.




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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 ...
Rose Maylie
Anthony Finigan ...
Mr. Brownlow (as Anthony Finnegan)
Maria Charles ...
Widow Corney
Eileen Colgan ...
Mrs. Bedwin
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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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16 November 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Artful Dodger: What's to happen to the likes of me? Just trying to make a dishonest living for himself.
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Version of Oliver! (1968) See more »

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Nice adaptation of the world-famous book well made by Tony Bill
20 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Homeless little boy Oliver (Trench) abandoned at orphanage and during one meal he pleads : 'Please, Sir I want some more' . He's mistreated and the abused orphan escapes and befriends Artful Dodger (a scoundrel Elijah Wood) , a roguish pickpocket . Dodger introduces him into a band of youthful thieves commanded by Fagin (Richard Dreyfuss, also producer) in debt to the cruel Sikes (David O'Hara) . Then the young boy is forced into a life of thievery until his rescue by a good and kindly maid.

This is one of at least ten versions of the world-known novel , being an entertaining adaptation from Charles Dickens classic . Cool performance by Richard Dreyfuss as the great manipulator Fagin , though Elijah Wood at the height of his stardom , steals the show . It's made in a television style and shot in Ireland . The motion picture was professionally directed by Tony Bill , usual actor and occasionally director of cinema and TV films.

Other renditions about this popular story are the followings : The silent version with Jackie Coogan and Lon Chaney ; 1948 the classic film by David Lean with John Howard (Oliver) , Anthony Newley(Dodger) , Alec Guinness(Fagin), Sikes(Robert Newton) ; musical and Oscarized 1968 version by Carol Reed with Mark Lester (Oliver) , Jack Wild (Dodger), Ron Moody (Faguin), Oliver Reed (Sikes) and finally recent and lush version by Roman Polanski with Ben Kingsley (Fagin).

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