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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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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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Live action story of a young boy's adventures in the dark shadowy underworld of Victorian London. See more »

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Trivia

Lysette Anthony (Oliver's Mother) appeared in "Oliver Twist" (1985), 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 movie.) 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 »

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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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23 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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