Oliver Twist

Synopsis: In the Nineteenth Century, orphan Oliver Twist is sent from the orphanage to a workhouse, where the children are mistreated and barely fed. He moves to the house of an undertaker, but after an unfair severe spank, he starts a seven day runaway to London. He arrives exhausted and starving, and is soon welcomed in a gang of pickpockets lead by the old crook Fagin. When he is mistakenly taken as a thief, the wealthy victim Mr. Brownlow brings Oliver to his home and shelters him. But Fagin and the dangerous Bill Sykes decide to kidnap Oliver to burglarize Mr. Brownlow's fancy house.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Roman Polanski
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
130 min

-No one else, Mr. Sowerberry.

I've brought the orphan,

Oliver Twist.

So this is the orphan, is it?

Mrs. Sowerberry...

...will you have the goodness

to come here a moment, my dear?

Oliver Twist.

How comes an orphan

to have any name at all?

-I invented it.

-You, Mr. Bumble?

I, Mr. Sowerberry.

I name all our foundlings

in alphabetical order.

The last was S.

Swubble, I named him.

This was a T. Twist,

I named him.

Next one as comes

will be Unwin...

...and the next, Vilkins.

I've got names ready

all through the alphabet, right up to Z.

Why, you're quite

a literary character, sir.

Well, well...

-...perhaps I may be.

-Mrs. Sowerberry...

...this is the orphan

from the workhouse.

Dear me, he's very small.

But he'll grow, Mrs. Sowerberry.

He'll grow.

Yes, I daresay he will.

On our food and drink.

Workhouse boys always cost more

to keep than they're worth.

Get downstairs, you bag of bones.

Here, Charlotte...

...give this boy some of the cold bits

that were put by for the dog.

You don't mind sleeping

among the coffins, I suppose.

Well, it doesn't much matter

whether you do or don't...

...for you can't sleep anywhere else.

Open the door, will you?

-You the new boy?

-Yes, sir.

-How old are you?

-Ten, sir.

Then I'll whop you one when I get in,

you workhouse brat.

I beg your pardon, sir.

Did you knock?

I kicked.

Did you want a coffin, sir?

-You don't know who I am, I suppose.

-No, sir.

Well, I'm Mr. Noah Claypole.

And you're under me.

Now, take down the shutters.

Saved a nice little bit of bacon for you

from the master's breakfast.

In the corner with you.

And be quick about it.

They'll want you to mind the shop.

Do you hear?

Do you hear, Workhouse?

In the corner.

Oh, Lord, Noah, let the boy alone.

Let him alone?

Why, everybody's let him alone.

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Ronald Harwood

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL (born Ronald Horwitz; 9 November 1934) is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). more…

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