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Oliver Twist
     

Oliver Twist

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Director: Renny Rye, Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters

Cast: Renny Rye, Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters

 

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This 2000 television adaptation of Charles Dickens' Victorian classic was originally released as a six-hour, three-part miniseries on PBS. Adapted by Alan Bleasdale, this version of Oliver Twist gives viewers a new look at an old story, waiting 90 minutes to even introduce its eponymous hero (played by Sam Smith), and taking pains to establish the background of

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This 2000 television adaptation of Charles Dickens' Victorian classic was originally released as a six-hour, three-part miniseries on PBS. Adapted by Alan Bleasdale, this version of Oliver Twist gives viewers a new look at an old story, waiting 90 minutes to even introduce its eponymous hero (played by Sam Smith), and taking pains to establish the background of Oliver's parents, good-hearted Agnes Fleming (Sophia Myles) and all-around coward Edwin Leeford (Tim Dutton). All of the resolutely Dickensian touches are here, from greedy relatives to secret wills, to stolen lockets containing valuable information, and all are ably brought to life by a talented cast that includes Julie Walters as Mrs. Mann, Michael Kitchen as Mr. Brownlow, Lindsay Duncan as Elizabeth Leeford, Marc Warren as Monks, and Robert Lindsay as Fagin. As an added bonus, the miniseries' score, by Paul Pritchard, contains additional music by none other than Elvis Costello.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Literature's most famous orphan wanders through an amended plot in this 1999 television production of Charles Dickens' 1838 novel, Oliver Twist. Part one dares to go where no other screen adaptation of the book has gone before: back to a time before the novel starts, allowing the script to tell in detail the story of Oliver's mother (Sophia Myles). She is a beautiful woman of high birth who becomes pregnant out of wedlock, bears Oliver in a workhouse, then dies. Scriptwriter Alan Bleasdale prepared this prequel to explain Oliver's background. The innovation works, making the plot complexities easier to grasp as they unfold. Bleasdale also veneered the characters with attributes hinting at their their motivations. For example, Oliver's scheming half-brother, Edward Leeford (Marc Warren), is an epileptic who repeatedly falls and writhes. His illness, coupled with the maltreatment his loathsome mother (Lindsay Duncan) inflicts on him, turns him into a victim, who, like Oliver (Sam Smith), stumbles into the London netherworld. And, in this adaptation by director Renny Rye, it is a brutal world. The film graphically depicts the mayhem of seamy London without the mizzle of a fading lens. Most of the players are accomplished character actors, whose performances excel. However, the production lacks an overarching presence -- a Laurence Olivier, an Alec Guinness, or an Edith Evans -- to anchor it in the memory of the viewer. Still, this production of Oliver Twist is one of the better ones, well worth the six hours required to watch the videotape version. Fagin (Robert Lindsay) even performs magic.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
UPC:
0783421331396
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
6:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators; Access to the ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre web site; Scene selection; Described video for the visually impaired; Closed captions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Smith Oliver Twist
David Ross Mr. Bumble
Julie Walters Mrs. Mann/Bumble
Roger Lloyd Pack Mr. Sowerberry
Michael Kitchen Mr. Brownlow
Robert Lindsay Fagin
Andy Serkis Bill Sikes
Alex Crowley Artful Dodger
Annette Crosbie Mrs. Bedwin
Tim Dutton Edwin Leeford
Lindsay Duncan Elizabeth Leeford
Marc Warren Monks
Emily Woof Nancy Sikes
Liz Smith Sally
Sophia Myles Agnes Fleming
Alun Armstrong Actor

Technical Credits
Renny Rye Director
Alan Bleasdale Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Michele Buck Executive Producer
Elvis Costello Score Composer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
Keith Thompson Producer
Dennis Lowe Special Effects
Martin Maly Art Director
Paul Pritchard Score Composer
David Rees Editor
Martin Trevis Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episode 1
1. The Story Begins [1:34]
2. A Secret Romance [8:08]
3. The Locket [7:12]
4. Secrets Are Revealed [16:15]
5. The Inheritance and the Will [8:03]
6. A Plan for Murder [20:39]
7. The Search for Ages [17:41]
8. The Baby Is Born [8:28]
9. What to Do With Oliver? [7:05]
10. Off to the Workhouse [8:17]
Side #2 -- Episode 2
1. Oliver Wants Some More [9:54]
2. Off to the Undertaker [13:29]
3. Fagin and His Crew [12:43]
4. The Locket Resurfaces [6:49]
5. Dodger Trains Oliver [7:07]
6. Oliver Meets Mr. Brownlow [14:10]
7. Oliver Is Kidnapped [16:21]
8. More Trouble for Oliver [12:32]
9. Plans Among Thieves [13:38]
10. Robbing Mr. Brownlow [9:51]
Side #3 -- Episode 3
1. Oliver Is Left for Dead [12:59]
2. Nursing Oliver Back to Health [12:59]
3. Oliver Tells His Story [10:36]
4. Mr. Brownlow Accepts Dr. Losberne [12:49]
5. Nancy Goes With Mr. Brownlow [13:58]
6. A Vicious Murder [12:00]
7. Bill Sikes and Fagin Are Cornered [10:40]
8. The Bumbles Pay a Visit [5:49]
9. Oliver Learns the Truth [15:30]
10. A New Life for Oliver [8:25]

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Oliver Twist 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw oliver twist on pbs a few months ago, and i loved it. i've seen 2 other oliver twist movies, and this was by far the best of the three. its excellent, and marc warren is great. this is the only roll i've seen him in...but even though the character is creepy, i absolutely adored him. as the brits might say hes a ''right looka'' he is. even if he wasn't in it, the movie would still be great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it takes liberty with the book in its first episode, this BBC program follows the book remarkably well and adds twists that explain and elaborate on Dickens' classic. By far the best adaptation produced, it has an all-star cast and a lot of heart.