When his mother dies after childbirth, a poor orphaned boy named Oliver Twist (Richard Charles) is taken in Mr. Bumble's (Timothy West's) squalid workhouse to work his fingers to the bone. However, finding it impossible to cope with this cruel and inhumane way of living, the nine-year-old fugitive seeks shelter in the home of the Jewish moneylender and leader of a London gang of young pickpockets, Fagin (George C. Scott), only to reluctantly learn the tricks of the trade. Now, the ruthless thug, Bill Sikes (Tim Curry), has a new lucrative job in mind about the wealthy Mr. Brownlow's (Sir Michael Hordern's) expensive silverware, and he needs the innocent Oliver to carry out a difficult and dangerous task. Is this the beginning of Oliver's criminal life?
A Compelling New Version of the Great Victorian Classic
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[deciding on Oliver's name
The last was 'S'... Swubble I named him. This is 'T'. I name him Twist... Oliver Twist.
On the original VHS release, for unspecified reasons, the pivotal scene in which Oliver asks for more gruel (in this case for a starving friend) was completely cut, as were the scenes that immediately followed, with the workhouse selling Oliver to Mr. Sowerberry and Oliver's first day as Sowerberry's apprentice. This added up to ten minutes (almost to the exact second) of footage eliminated. See more