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16 November 1997 (USA) See more »
Charles Dickens' classical story about the young orphan boy in 1837 England is again re-filmed in grand fashion... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Richard Dreyfuss ... Fagin

Elijah Wood ... The Artful Dodger

David O'Hara ... Bill Sikes
Alex Trench ... Oliver Twist
Antoine Byrne ... Nancy
Olivia Caffrey ... Rose Maylie
Anthony Finigan ... Mr. Brownlow (as Anthony Finnegan)
Maria Charles ... Widow Corney

Des Braiden ... Magistrate
Eileen Colgan ... Mrs. Bedwin
Eilish Moore ... Cook
Lisa Dwan ... Agnes
Conor Evans ... Chief Constable
A.J. Kennedy ... Police Constable
Jeff O'Toole ... Hugh (as Jeffrey O'Toole)

Ned Dennehy ... Prosecutor
Sean Madden ... Bookseller
Max Reynolds ... Oliver (6 Years)
Ferdia Murphy ... Colin
Alan Devlin ... Doctor
Fiona York ... Lady in Park
Frank Coughlan ... Man in Park
Caitriona Lawlor ... Match Girl
Michael Sheridan ... Hanger On
Don Foley ... Farmer
Ross Callaghan ... Fagin's Gang
Gerard Cannon ... Fagin's Gang (as Gerard Canon)
Eoin Chaney ... Fagin's Gang
Thomas Dalton ... Fagin's Gang

Simon Jewell ... Fagin's Gang
Steven Delaney ... Fagin's Gang
Gavin Dowdall ... Fagin's Gang
Christopher Doyle ... Fagin's Gang
Shane Ebbe ... Fagin's Gang
Stuart Dannell-Foran ... Fagin's Gang (as Stuart Dannell Foran)
Mark Hannigan ... Fagin's Gang
Sam Lambert ... Fagin's Gang
Chris Lawlor ... Fagin's Gang
Kevin MacClaney ... Fagin's Gang
David Flaherty ... Fagin's Gang
Ross O'Leary ... Fagin's Gang
Alan Pentony ... Fagin's Gang
Gary Rafferty ... Fagin's Gang
Ross Scanlon ... Fagin's Gang
Derek Walsh ... Fagin's Gang

Directed by
Tony Bill 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (novel)

Monte Merrick 

Stephen Sommers  uncredited

Produced by
John Baldecchi .... executive producer
Richard Dreyfuss .... co-producer
Laurence Mark .... executive producer
Steven North .... producer
Morgan O'Sullivan .... co-producer: Ireland
Stephen Sommers .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Van Dyke Parks 
Cinematography by
Bing Sokolsky 
Film Editing by
Axel Hubert 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Production Design by
Keith Wilson 
Art Direction by
James Hambidge 
Set Decoration by
Jim Harkin 
Costume Design by
Joanna Eatwell 
Makeup Department
Bernadette Dooley .... hair stylist
Fiona Hogan .... makeup artist
Ken Jennings .... makeup artist
Nina Kraft .... hair designer: Richard Dreyfuss
Nina Kraft .... makeup artist: Richard Dreyfuss
Matthew W. Mungle .... makeup artist: Richard Dreyfuss
Stephen Rose .... hair stylist
Production Management
Brenda K. Kyle .... executive in charge of production
Paul Munn .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seamus Collins .... second assistant director
Bill Kirk .... first assistant director
Hannah Quinn .... third assistant director
Art Department
Cos Egan .... set dresser
Chan Kin .... props
Dave Kinsella .... props
Shane McEnroe .... assistant art director
Irene O'Brien .... art department assistant
Steve Wheeler .... property master
Sound Department
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue supervisor
Alan Lyons .... sound trainee
Alan O'Duffy .... production sound mixer
Barry O'Sullivan .... boom operator
Phillip Seretti .... post-production sound mixer
Phillip Seretti .... sound re-recording mixer
Janja Vujovich .... post-production sound coordinator
Special Effects by
Maurice Foley .... special effects supervisor
Simon P.J. Kelly .... utility stunts
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts (as Dimo Liptkovsky)
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
John Conroy .... assistant camera
John Conroy .... focus puller
Richie Egan .... crane grip
Tim Fleming .... clapper loader
Ivan Strasburg .... additional photographer
Des Whelan .... camera operator: "a" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Heimann .... costumes: Richard Dreyfuss and Elijah Wood
Rhona McGuirke .... wardrobe supervisor
Liz Treacy .... wardrobe trainee
Fiona Whelan .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
J.R. Benson .... colorist (digital color correction)
Sandra Grubb .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Frank Macchia .... orchestrator
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Paul Kelly .... assistant transportation captain
Other crew
Petra Alexandria .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Peter Conway .... location assistant
Patsy de Lord .... production coordinator
Sile Dorney .... assistant accountant
Keith Foston .... production assistant
Niall Martin .... production assistant
Suzanne McAuley .... accounting assistant
John McKenna .... armorer
Megan Moran .... assistant: Mr. Baldecchi
Poll Moussoulides .... dialogue coach
David Murphy .... location manager
David Orr .... producer asst: John Baldecchi
Jean Skinner .... script supervisor
David Byrne .... assistant: Mr. Bill (uncredited)

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91 min | Argentina:95 min
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Oliver:And you Dodger, you're my friend.
The Artful Dodger:Huh! A friend's just an enemy in disguise. You can't trust nobody.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful adaptation of a timeless classic, 27 December 2005
Author: Andreas Niedermayer ( from Klagenfurt, Austria

This is the first adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel that I came to see.

The cast is simply great. Elijah Wood is a very cunning Artful Dodger. I was particularly fond of his wonderful British accent, which he delivers in the contemporary manner of old-fashioned grammar and marked shifts in intonation and stress. This must have been quite challenging for an American actor – I take my hat off to his performance. Alex Trench, who seems to have no movie record whatsoever apart from his appearance here, is a very convincing and well-cast Oliver Twist. He embodies the right combination of natural humor, a handsome appearance and genuine acting skills in front of the camera. I hope that Harry Eden and Barney Clark will be able to live up to the performances of Elijah and Alex in this year's new Polanski adaptation. Fagin, the sly and ambivalent chief of the pickpocket gang who takes Oliver under his wings and develops into a kind of mentor for the young boy who is stranded in the bleak streets of London is played by veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss. He manages to portray the slightly overdone eccentricity of Fagin in a way that is indeed a bit oversubscribed, but nonetheless fitting into the frame of the movie as a whole.

The plot and storyline development is very close to the original artwork by Dickens. The movie starts with Oliver's mother and his birth, his growing up years and the harsh life in the orphanage. It very deliberately focuses on his development and the milieu he is born into, thus setting the stage for his adventures and marking the motivation that makes him break free. It needs not to be said that Oliver's quest for a better life is very much a significant part of the story, as his grandfather and the old man's niece step into his life when he is on the verge of becoming a criminal. Alex is now in this classic scenario Dickens so craftily elaborates on, caught between these two strata, between the bleak and dirty streets of London and the prospect of a wealthy life. His adventures need not to be outlined here any further – they are fairly well-known, and those who are not familiar with them ought to get the movie.

The visuals in the movie are stunning and need to be applauded regarding the low budget of the production and its arrangement as a TV movie. They very much apply to Dickens' perception of the contemporary features of London which he so eloquently describes in his writing. The pace of the plot development, the camera work and the level of suspense that makes up the last third of the movie is sincerely implemented and perfectly transformed.

This version of Oliver Twist is exciting and interesting to watch. It features well-known actors and delivers the essential spirit of Dickens' masterpiece in a way that merits the famous title. Get it and enjoy the atmosphere, the visuals, the acting and the messages involved. I award it with a 8 because of its basic quality and the flawless plot. Wonderful accomplishment!

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