When his mother dies after childbirth, the poor orphaned boy named Oliver Twist is taken in Mr Bumble's squalid workhouse to work his fingers to the bone. However, finding 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, only to reluctantly learn the tricks of the trade. Now, the ruthless thug, Bill Sikes, has a new lucrative job in mind about the wealthy Mr Brownlow'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?
Live action story of a young boy's adventures in the dark shadowy underworld of Victorian London.
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Did You Know?
Lysette Anthony (who plays Oliver's mother in the film) went on the appear in 1985 mini-series adaptation of Oliver Twist, where she played the dual roles of Rose Maylie and Anges Flemming. (The latter character is pretty much a reprise of her role in this film.) See more
[Bill's dog runs off after he has killed Nancy; he starts after the dog, stumbling drunk
Come back here, you bloody dog!
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
Version of Oliver Twist