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:
The Artful Dodger
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 <>

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16 November 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oliver: What happens if you get caught?
The Artful Dodger: Fagin's boys don't get caught.
Thief Boy: Jimmy Peach got himself caught.
Oliver: What happened to him?
The Artful Dodger: He was transported to one of the finest institutions for higher learning in the country.
Thief Boy: Got himself thrown in jail.
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Version of Oliver Twist, Jr. (1921) See more »

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Good Acting but very difficult to understand
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The sound tract and voice quality left a lot to be desired. The director lacked experience in demanding proper enunciation from the actors. Parts of the movie were in whispers and turning up the volume was to no avail. The story by Charles Dickens is truly a classic, but unless you are a skilled lip reader you are destined to miss much of the action of the novel. Had I not read the book and reviewed a better version of the same story much of the heart warming scenes would be totally missed. The inability to clearly understand script and the spoken words of the actors make this film a second rated version. In order to give the film every advantage I played it on two different occasions on different sound equipment. The result was about the same. Others watching the DVD with me had the same problem.

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