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Oliver Twist(1948)

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  • oliver twist

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/3/15

    Definitely, the best of the five movie versions of Dickens' second most popular novel, after "Copperfield." Director David Lean wisely assesses Dickens' greatest strength (his sense of moral darkness) and weakness (sentimentality) and thus decides to punch up the nightmarish and violent elements and soft peddle the heartwarming stuff (i.e. The character of Brownlow) Consequently, what sticks in your mind are the gruesome scenes, such as Bill Sykes' (a wonderful Robert Newton) murder of Nancy, (an even better Kay Walsh) with her awful shrieks of terror as she realizes what's in store for her, matched by the terror of Sykes' dog, as it throws its body against the door, in a vain attempt to escape witnessing the grisly affair. As previous reviewer Len alluded to, there must have been a talented animal handler somewhere in the crew of this film. Other unforgettable scenes include the death of Sykes, as well as Oliver's attacking Noah Claypool, along with the Sowerby family, for insulting his mother. And there is a scene in a tavern, with a sluttish singer and leering customers, that shows that Dickens need not, and should not, be played as G rated. I do have a couple quibbles. Alec Guiness overdoes the slimy stuff as Fagin and so falls into the caricature hole so nimbly avoided by Newton and Walsh. Also, his prosthetic nose is ridiculous, even worse than Nicole Kidman's, as Virginia Woolf, in "The Hours." And those matte paintings of London, even for 1948, set new standards of cheesiness. So, let's give it an A minus. P.S. John Howard Davies, as Oliver, is cute, but not as insufferable as his character would later become in the execrable, 1968 musical.

  • great movie

    • len
    • 8/29/15

    even the dog tuns in a good perfprmance

  • Oliver Twist

    • Dashiell B.
    • 1/16/13

    Like he had done with "Great Expectations," director Lean creates what is the best adaptation of a Dicken's novel. Guinness is great as the controversial character Fagin, as is Newton as Sykes & Davies as the title character. The noir-like cinematography matches the gritty & nightmarish world of the story. A great, feel-good film. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Oliver Twist (1948)

    • Jay Higgins
    • 8/18/09

    Certainly one of the greatest films ever made from a Charles Dickens novel. The cast is magnificent, Alec Guiness is particular is unforgettable. This is a great example of why David Lean is considered one of the greatest directors of all time. This is a rare instance of a movie improving on the book in which it was based. Top notch sets and costumes.

  • What a Fabulous movie!

    • Cathy
    • 2/12/09

    I have watched this wonderful movie several times in the last few months and it just gets better and better. I ranks up there with "A Tree grows in Brooklyn" and "I remember Momma"...They can't make movies like this anymore~that's why all I watch is Turner Classic Movies!

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