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Oliver Twist

  • Drama
  • Action
  • 1948
  • David Lean
  • 110 mins
  • U

Summary

Classic drama based on the novel by Charles Dickens, starring Alec Guinness and Robert Newton. When orphan Oliver Twist runs away from the brutality of the workhouse, he little realises the dangers he will face in London - especially when he joins a gang headed by arch-villain Fagin.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This masterly adaptation of the Dickens novel by director David Lean brims with unforgettable scenes and performances, especially Alec Guinness's Fagin and Robert Newton's genuinely frightening Bill Sikes. From the opening, with Oliver's mother struggling to the workhouse to give birth, to the climax on the roofs of Docklands, the picture brings the novel vividly to life. But here are a few things you may not know: Robert Donat was desperate to play Sikes and did a screen test; when Nancy is bludgeoned to death, Sikes's dog was tricked into scratching at the door by a stuffed cat placed on the other side; the boy who played Oliver, John Howard Davies, became a producer of TV comedies such as Fawlty Towers; and the movie caused riots in Germany and was initially banned and then heavily cut in America for its alleged anti-Semitism.

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Credits

Cast

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FaginAlec Guinness
Bill SikesRobert Newton
Oliver TwistJohn Howard Davies
NancyKay Walsh
Artful DodgerAnthony Newley
MonksRalph Truman
Mr BumbleFrancis L Sullivan
Mr BrownlowHenry Stephenson
Oliver's motherJosephine Stuart
Police officialHenry Edwards
CharlotteDiana Dors
Chief of policeMaurice Denham
Mrs SowerberryKathleen Harrison
Mr SowerberryGibb McLaughlin
Noah ClaypoleMichael Dear
BarneyMichael Ripper
Singer at <em>Three Cripples</em>Hattie Jacques

Crew

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DirectorDavid Lean

Details

Released on
1948-10-25
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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