Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Video Cassette - 1988
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An orphan boy discovers good and evil forces on the streets of London and unwittingly seals his fate when he pick-pockets his own grandfather.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, 1988, 1948.
ISBN: 9780792107309
0792107306
Characteristics: 1 videocassette (116 min.) :,sd., b&w.

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garycornell
Aug 28, 2014

There are many movies of the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Director David Lean should be credited with the finest production of the work though. One of the special features of the David Lean "Oliver Twist" is his use of cinematographer Guy Green. This is the same man who would help film "Great Expectations" and make it into a masterpiece. He was one of the founding members of the British Society of Cinematographers. The cast of Robert Newton and Alec Guinness are perfect. Even better is the boy who plays Oliver Twist , John Howard Davies. As with many child stars, we will never hear about him again, but he left a wonderful performance. Truly to see Director David Lean's film version of "Oliver Twist" is to capture the Dickens story as closely as possible. It is a great family movie and has been out for over 65 years now. The original is still the best!
P.S. The film is a KCLS Buried Dickens Film Classic as the system has only two copies and only one of the copies is checked out. The last patron comment of Five Stars was from 2012. Films this old stay in print only due to the publics interest. Believe me, this movie will be worthy of your time!

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jonnybroom
Nov 25, 2013

The greatest. Wondrous to look at, and thrilling into the bargain.

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Monolith
Nov 30, 2012

Exquisite production from David Lean. From the ragged, grimy flats, to the crooked cobblestoned streets full of top-hatted blokes, his vision and imagery of Dickens' classic stands alone. The cast is terrific, although the authentic Cockney accents are thick, and can seem a bit indecipherable at times. Alec Guinness is virtually unrecognizable (with that foot-long nose) as the filthy and foul Fagin. Francis L. Sullivan as the portly Mr. Bumble; Robert Newton is nastiness defined as Bill Sykes -- even his dog, trembling and petrified of him, gave a helluva performance. (lol) Really great. FIVE STARS.

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cyan
Jan 18, 2010

I prefer the most recent one directed by Roman Polanski but this is definitely a classic and worth seeing, if you're an Oliver Twist fan.

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Monolith
Nov 30, 2012

Oliver Twist: "Please Sir... I want some more."

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Monolith
Nov 30, 2012

Mrs. Bumble: "Are you gonna sit there snoring all day?!?" Mr. Bumble: "I shall sit here as long as I think proper, ma'am. And though I was not snoring, I SHALL snore, gape, sneeze, laugh or cry, as the humor strikes me. Such being my pre-rogative." Mrs. Bumble: "Your 'pre-rogative'." Mr. Bumble: "I said the word, ma'am. The prerogative of a man is to command." Mrs. Bumble: "And what's the prerogative of a woman, in the name of goodness?" Mr. Bumble: "To obey, ma'am. As your late unfortunate husband should have taught you. And then perhaps he might have been alive now. I wish he were, poor man." Mrs. Bumble: "YOU BRUTE!" (weeps) Mr. Bumble: "Cry your hardest, ma'am. It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes and softens down the temper. So cry away."

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