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Oliver Twist

7.81 h 55 min195113+
This seminal Dickens adaptation follows Oliver's rags to riches adventures in Victorian England from being left at the orphanage, sold into a job, running away and joining street urchins to being rescued by Mr Brownlow, then being abducted by Sikes and taken back by Sikes' girlfriend Nancy.
David Lean
Alec GuinnessRobert NewtonAnthony Newley
English [CC]
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Kay WalshFrancis Sullivan
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4.5 out of 5 stars

418 global ratings

  1. 77% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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P. WILLIAMSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
You can almost smell the poverty!
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I think there can be few readers who have not heard of Oliver Twist or his infamous request when in the workhouse in London in the 19th Century? Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens are my favourite authors and the transfer from book to film has in most cases been carried out very well and quite successfully. Personally, I believe THIS to be the best of many versions and can find nothing to really fault. Not only was the acting from the main players like the very young John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh, Anthony Newley and of course Alec Guinness superb, the many 'supporting' roles were excellent also. David Lean was, when he made this film probably Britains leading Director although he could turn his hand to some of the other 'jobs' too. His direction was faultless, as were the input of Producer Ronald Neame, Camera Operator Oswald Morris, Director of Photography Guy Greene, Makeup man Stuart Freeborn - especially converting a 35 year old Guinness into Fagin (how young Guinness was and looked can be seen in his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in Lean's 'Great Expectations' made 2 or 3 years earlier).For me however, John Bryan, the Production Designer wins the laurels with his creation of many different buildings, streets etc. A wonderful film, NO CGI in those days and all the better for it!
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R. ChapmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Original and best Peaky Blinders, accept no substitute.
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An absolute masterpiece, with superb lighting photography, set design, a magnificent cast, down to the minor roles, and especially the young members of Fagin's gang, and inspired, perfectly judged and paced direction from David Lean.
Robert Newton never fails to delight. Francis L. Sullivan has a magnificent period face and figure and is the perfect Mr. Bumble, as too is Guinness's Fagin, Cruickshank drawings brought to life.
The teenage Anthony Newley was a revelation, even sporting an authentic looking urchin haircut.
John Bryan’s sets are stunning (as magnificent and evocative as Alexander Trauner at his finest), showing the London of the time to be almost Venetian, a rabbit warren of alleyways and rickety bridges crossing the dank rivers and ponds.
Guy Green delivers exquisite dramatic and atmospheric lighting and, in the opening scenes, reminded me of Greg Toland's eirie approach to Xanadou in Citizen Kane.
If this is simply a litany of praise, it is unavoidable as this film comes very close to perfection as the definitive evocation of Dickens's London.
If I have a slight quibble, I wanted Sykes to drown in the stagnant, choleretic pool of Jacob’s island, but his long drop is an almost equally satisfying punishment.
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H. A.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
wonderful film
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A David Lean masterpiece. He captures the novel brilliantly bringing the characters of the book to life. Fagin played by Alec Guinness is marvellous, although the portrayal was accused of being anti-semitic. Bill Sykes played by Robert Newton is scary, bullying and threatening everyone he comes into contact with. (Bit like his Long John Silver portrayal in Treasure Island but with venom) His end is dramatic and one of the highlights of the film. Together with Great Expectations, these two Charles Dickens adaptations are among his finest films.
Mr. G. C. JohnsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 November 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I have to say this film has never looked better. Beautiful clear picture added to the atmosphere and drama. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because it's a French disc and finding the English soundtrack was a bit of an ordeal but worth it in the long run. Can't wait to watch it again.
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Ronald CrumpReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
A hard hitting and faithful adaptation
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I was stunned by just how powerful this film is - from the opening scene of Oliver's mother on the moor, to the final struggle on the roof, I was amazed at what an impact it had on me. Like most people, I suspect, I was already familiar with the plot and events, having read the book several times as well as watching various other adaptations, but even so, the way they were presented here was if I was seeing them for the very first time.

Nancy's death was shown in a way that really made me grimace, despite not actually seeing any of the violence - and therein lies the genius of David Lean. It's not what you see, but what you don't.

The restored version of the film is simply stunning too - so clean and sharp, and the extras are a real eye opener too.

Highly recommended.
24 people found this helpful
SLEEPYLEMONReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
David Lean films Dickens and it’s magical
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I love this version, nothing else touches it. It shows a gritty London in the 19th century. A classic story directed by David Lean. Spot the early appearances of coming up British stars such as Diana Dors.
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Film editor 1968.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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i/ Very good script, its full meaning is not obvious to most people, life was not handed out on a plate like West Coast idiots expect it to be everyday today. Well, that's the other idiot at Ebay's advertising problem. Did you know he thinks 'Psycho' is a real word and that 'Dave' should be crossed out? 'Dave' only stood in for 2 goes as 'Eric' said he would rather watch 'Dave'?

Would you kindly order that numb skull still working on all media he can, [including Amazon?], would you order him Alfred Hitchcock's dvd, or failing that I could send his mother round to alter the shower curtains!

ii/ Entertainment, obviously.
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Mr. David TitleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of those films you wish there was more of!
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A great film of a slightly - but wisely - curtailed story. The horror of his workhouse deprivation and the sentimental perfection of his redemption beautifully played. Plenty of dirt and squalor; though the reality of violence and ignorance is kept at a distance.
The print is clear and seems untouched by time. Even the sound is excellent , though mono. Good remastering. [This refers to the 200 itv DVD with its black white and gold cover]
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