David Lean's prodigious adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic expands fervently on the theme of a lonely boy in a world of bullies. When the orphan hero, Oliver, escapes to London, the Artful Dodger delivers him to the notorious Fagan, who makes him part of the gang but soon allows for Oliver to take the fall for a bungled pickpocketing scam. To date, no movie has better captured Dickens's blend of sensitivity and violence.
- John Howard Davies
- Robert Newton
- Alec Guinness
- Kay Walsh
- Anthony Newley
9 member reviews/ratings for this MovieAverage Rating: (8.11 / 10)
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Allowing for the time of its production, this is a well made version of the famous book. It omits to show Oliver's journey to London but makes up for it with some good location work made easier in 1948. John Howard Davies is very good as the vulnerable Oliver and looks elegant in his nineteenth century better off boy outfit.My Movie Rating: 6 / 10
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