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Oliver Twist (1982)

The classic Charles 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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Storyline

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? Written by Nick Riganas

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A Compelling New Version of the Great Victorian Classic See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Classic Christmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In the U.S., this movie premiered on the "Hallmark Hall of Fame". See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bumble: [deciding on Oliver's name] The last was 'S'... Swubble I named him. This is 'T'. I name him Twist... Oliver Twist.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Version of The New Adventures of Oliver (1999) See more »

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Gets at the Dirty Side
24 September 2001 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Because I like George C. Scott, I am fond of this film. He is a very worthy Fagin, one with a hard edge, and a sense of evil. Too often, we forget he is an opportunist and a user of young boys. He is not the sweet old man that we see in the musical. I also thought that Tim Curry had that look of evil that he is quite good at. There are scenes, such as the death of Nancy, that are almost too cruel for the audience. Fagin betrays her because of self interest and sets the psychopathic Sykes after her. The boys are pretty good because they get at the baser sides of life. The back streets of London are well presented. The workhouse scenes are acceptable. The one really weak characterization is that of Oliver. The child who plays him is really weak and seems to be coached. When he cries he's not convincing. The rest of the people are so much more interesting. Then again, I don't know if I like Oliver all that much anyway. What Clive Donner does capture is the spirit of the times, much as he does in the later Scott version of A Christmas Carol. This is entertaining enough, though it suffers a bit from the made-for-television syndrome of parceling out commercials.


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