The classic Dickens tale of an orphan boy who escapes the horrors of the orphanage only to be taken in by a band of thieves and pickpockets.
- George C. Scott
- Tim Curry
- Richard Charles
- Cherie Lunghi
- Michael Hordern
- Matthew Duke
5 member reviews/ratings for this MovieAverage Rating: (5.40 / 10)
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Oh gosh, you just must see this - it's so hilarious! Besides the writer playing havoc with the original plot in increasingly bizarre and baffling ways, there's the gorgeous aftermath of Nancy's death. First, in Nancy's death scene, after Sikes delivers the first blow against Nancy, the latter gets up from the floor and complains that she is now blind - this is shown by the actress going cross-eyed. Then Sikes delivers a mortal blow. Outside in the street, Sikes is haunted by visions of Nancy - except that it's the cross-eyed Nancy! It's so wonderful. You keep seeing Nancy in soft focus - but cross-eyed! - saying things like 'I'm still your girl, ain't I?' I was laughing so much I was getting a stitch! It really is shockingly bad. As for the rest of the film... well, Martin Tempest (who was later in such staples of British television as 'Minder', 'Grange Hill' and, um, 'Mapp & Lucia') made a really quite excellent Dodger. He was a very good-looking lad. His scene in the courtroom is the best thing in the whole film. There were also some nice boy extras in many of the scenes. Fagin in this movie bears absolutely no resemblance whatever to Dickens' character. Sikes is an ineffectual alcoholic. He doesn't seem nearly menacing enough - indeed, he hardly seems menacing at all. Oliver himself is just a little too goody-two-shoes and uninteresting, and scarcely ever seems to be in any real danger. Still, having said all that, the film is a decent and entertaining romp, so long as one is aware that the screenwriter is playing Old Harry with his source material. Worth a view.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
Does some downright peculiar things to the storyline.My Movie Rating: 5 / 10
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