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Genres: Adventure , Crime , Drama
Actors: Robert Newton , Alec Guinness , Kay Walsh , Francis L. Sullivan , Henry Stephenson , Mary Clare , Anthony Newley , Josephine Stuart , Ralph Truman , Kathleen Harrison , Gibb McLaughlin , Amy Veness , Frederick Lloyd , John Howard Davies , Henry Edwards
Director: David Lean
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1948
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 (6368 votes)

Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket and he joins a household of young boys who are trained to steal for their master. This version of Oliver Twist is topped by Alec Guinness’s masterly performance of arch-thug Fagin.

Film Review

I regard the opening sequence as one of the best ever especially enhanced by the expert cinematography in black and white. The film is a dark tale about the terrible life many endured in England in the era. Dickens wanted to demonstrate this and he did so excellently in this story. I have seen Oliver and the Polanski films, both enjoyable but squeaky clean. One does not get the same sense of evil and grime with colour and the filming used the dark gloom to great effect. Bill Sykes is evil and Robert Newton gives one of his best performances. Guiness as Fagin, long way from Obi Wan and controversial, however very true to the Dickens character. We should not look at it as anti Semitic but as a bad person who happened to be a Jew. He is based on a real character in fact.Nonetheless Guiness is brilliant and really steals the show. The rest of the characters are the usual under rated British character actors and each is excellent. Some went on to bigger things e.g. Newley, Dors and of cour…

As already said, this version of 'Oliver Twist' is more loyal to the time when it took place, being more authentic than other versions (many versions exist). I don't know what the other versions are like, but they can't be as bad as 'Oliver & Company' by Disney, which is a completely modified concept of this story with artwork that can only be classified as a disgrace.This is one of the great-looking B & W films and it has great sceneries too. The film is generally well-made and directed. John Howard Davies alone takes the whole thing. This charismatic English child-actor is so overlooked. Even if he did very few movie roles, he deserved more popularity thanks to his natural-born talent and charm. Here he has a very moving acting as the lead character, Oliver Twist. You really care about Oliver, he's such a good kid and goes through so many bad things that you can say he practically loses his childhood – that is, he isn't given the hap…

"Oliver Twist" is the second of David Lean's two film adaptations of Charles Dickens novels, following "Great Expectations" from two years earlier. As in the earlier film, Lean keeps fairly closely to Dickens' plot, although there are some simplifications- the Rose Maylie sub-plot is omitted- and a few changes, such as making Mr. Brownlow Oliver's grandfather. Lean does, however, keep the character of Monks, omitted in some adaptations such as the 1968 musical version "Oliver!" and Polanski's recent film.The film has a couple of faults, but these are generally those of the novel itself. Oliver, as played by the young John Howard Davies, is just a bit too idealised to be true, but then so is Oliver as written by Dickens. I also thought it might have been more realistic if Oliver had spoken with a working-class Midlands accent- his home town is supposed to be around a hundred miles north of London- rather than a posh Home Counties one. (…


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