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Oliver Twist

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Set in 1848, Oliver Twist is the story of an orphan, born in a workhouse and brought up in harsh and cruel conditions, half-starved by the corrupt parish authorities. He is unlucky enough to be chosen to ask for more gruel and is immediately found employment in an undertaker’s establishment where he is treated quite as badly as he was in the workhouse. He escapes and makes his way to London where he falls in with the Artful Dodger, a boy of his own age, who introduces him to the villainous Fagin. Fagin runs a gang of boys who are pickpockets and thieves, and whose associates are Bill Sykes, a violent criminal, and his girlfriend, Nancy.
Oliver is caught up in a series of misadventures in which he is wrongly accused of thieving, is taken in by Mr Brownlow, a kindly benefactor, and is recaptured by Fagin. Forced to take part in a robbery with Bill Sykes, Oliver is saved by the humanity of Nancy who betrays her former friends. Bill Sykes murders her and is himself eventually trapped but dies before he can be arrested. Oliver is taken in by Mr Brownlow and given the promise of a better life.


Type of film
Running Time
128 mins
Roman Polanski
Timothy Burrill, Petr Moravec
Herve De Luze
Ronald Harwood
Director of Photography
Pawel Edelman
Production Designer
Allan Starski
Jean-Marie Blondel
Rachel Portman
Principal Cast
Sir Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark, Jamie Foreman, Leanne Rowe, Harry Eden, Mark Strong, Edward Hardwicke

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Last updated 23rd October 2008

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