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Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 July 1951 (USA)
In Charles Dickens' classic tale, an orphan wends his way from cruel apprenticeship to den of thieves in search of a true home.

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

Charles Dickens (by), David Lean (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Newton ... Bill Sykes
Alec Guinness ... Fagin
Kay Walsh ... Nancy
Francis L. Sullivan ... Mr. Bumble
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Brownlow
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Corney
Anthony Newley ... Artful Dodger
Josephine Stuart Josephine Stuart ... Oliver's Mother
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Monks
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs Sowerberry
Gibb McLaughlin ... Mr. Sowerberry
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Bedwin
Frederick Lloyd Frederick Lloyd ... Mr. Grimwig
John Howard Davies ... Oliver Twist
Henry Edwards ... Police Official
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Storyline

The immortal characters of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Oliver Twist...A penniless orphan in 17th century London - Poor but honest Oliver is fleeing the cruelty of the workhouse when he's forced in a band of young thieves headed by the notorious Fagin and the evil Bill Sikes. But when the greedy cutthroats threaten Oliver's only chance for happiness, the gentle-hearted boy must summon the courage to fight for his freedom and future.

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A Screen Event To Be Remembered For All Time !

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir David Lean and Sir Alec Guinness' second movie together, the first being Great Expectations (1946). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning as the storm rages, there are two successive shots of shaking bare tree branches silhouetted against the storm clouds. On the second shot, a crew member's hand and forearm can be seen shaking this branch. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doctor Who Delivers Oliver: It's all over, Mrs. Thingummy.
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Alternate Versions

The film did not premiere in the U.S. until 1951, after ten minutes of footage involving Alec Guinness as Fagin had been cut, due to Jewish pressure groups who claimed that Guinness's portrayal was offensive and anti-Semitic. See more »

Connections

Version of Nancy (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

My Hat, It Has Three Corners
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Traditional
In the score during a conversation between Mr. Bumble and Monks
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User Reviews

Lean does it again - A Masterpiece
23 January 2002 | by darth_sidiousSee all my reviews

David Lean spoils us yet again, Oliver Twist is an amazing piece of work. I regard this version of the Dicken's classic as definitive. No one could capture the eerie quality and the authentic style better than Lean.

The film is quite dark, strong blacks dominate the canvas.

The acting is extraordinary, Alec Guinness as Fagin steals the film. Perfect casting. Robert Newton is equally superb as the drunk, Sykes. John Howard Davies as Oliver is fantastic, he fits the character perfectly.

The direction and screenplay are awesome, I can't put into words how perfect everything is.

Watch the greatest adaptation of Oliver Twist by David Lean, it's a masterpiece!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oliver Twist See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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