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Oliver Twist (1982)

The classic Dickens tale of an orphan boy who escapes the horrors of the orphanage only to be taken in by a band of thieves and pickpockets.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), James Goldman
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Fagin
Tim Curry ... Bill Sikes
Michael Hordern ... Mr. Brownlow
Timothy West ... Mr. Bumble
Eileen Atkins ... Mrs. Mann
Cherie Lunghi ... Nancy
Oliver Cotton ... Monks
Richard Charles ... Oliver Twist
Lysette Anthony ... Oliver's Mother
Eleanor David ... Rose Maylie
Philip Locke ... Mr. Sowerberry
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Mrs. Sowerberry
Artro Morris Artro Morris ... Mr. Giles
John Barrard ... Dr. Losborne
Brenda Cowling Brenda Cowling ... Mrs. Bedwin
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The classic Dickens tale of an orphan boy who escapes the horrors of the orphanage only to be taken in by a band of thieves and pickpockets.

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A Compelling New Version of the Great Victorian Classic

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twist Olivér See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This film was made for and premiered on US television, but it was released theatrically in some overseas territories. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Twist: [after Sowerberry separates Oliver and Noah from fighting] He called my mother names!
Mr. Sowerberry: What if he did? She's anything he says and worse! You're going back!
Oliver Twist: She wasn't! That's a lie!
Mr. Sowerberry: You little villain. You're going to the workhouse in the morning. You hear? You're going back!
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While the David Lean film is the definitive version, this adaptation has its flaws but is a solid and underrated one
8 October 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I will tell you, the 1948 David Lean film is magnificent, and the definitive version of Charles Dickens' classic novel. Now I liked this; it did have a decent script, director Clive Donner does more than acceptably portray the harshness of the Victorian era, and fluid camera-work considering it is noticeably lower budget an adaptation of the novel out of all the adaptations I have seen. The performances were very good; George C.Scott was oily, vile, manipulative and shrewd like Fagin should be. I will admit, although I am a massive Tim Curry fan, I was initially perplexed why he was cast as Sikes. Curry isn't exactly big and burly and I don't associate him as a violent murderer, but in terms of acting, he was extremely chilling and very effective in his role. Especially when he sees images of Nancy after he kills her, and speaking of the death scene, that was very brutal. In fact, this film is one of the more violent adaptations of the novel I've seen. I liked the dog too. Cherie Lunghi is as lovely as ever, and indeed vulnerable as Nancy, and Michael Horden is a splendid Mr Brownlow. In fact the only two weak performances came from Richard Charles as Oliver-he just couldn't carry the film on its own- and Timothy West sadly is miscast as Mr Bumble not being grotesque enough. The plot was hugely condensed of the content from the book, and consequently lacked the masterly storytelling that made the David Lean film such a classic. All in all, a flawed but respectable adaptation of a complicated book. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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