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

His mother, father and all

his relations has let him alone.

So he needs someone who don't.


Oliver, ain't you done yet?

I've never known such an idle boy.

Get down them stairs.

Mr. Sowerberry...


-I've had a thought, my dear.

-Had a thought?

You want to be careful,

Mr. Sowerberry, you'll get brain fever.

-It's about young Twist.

-What about him?

-A very good-looking boy.

-He will be. He eats enough.

There's an expression of melancholy

in his face, my dear.

He would make a delightful mute,

my love.

I-- I don't mean a regular mute to

attend grown-up funerals, my dear...

...but only for children's practice.

Look at him.

Look at him.

A workhouse boy and a sneak.

Look at him.

Mark my words, I'll see him hung.

Can't be too soon.

Workhouse, how's your mother?

She's dead.

What'd she die of, Workhouse?

You gonna cry, Workhouse?

-What set you off?

-Not you.

-Not me, eh?

-No, not you.

And you better not say anything

about my mother.

Better not?

About your mother?

Well, I'm very sorry,

and I pity you very much.

But you must know, Workhouse...

...your mother was

a regular right-down bad one.

-What did you say?

-A regular right-down bad one.

It's a good thing she died

when she did...

...or she'd be hard laboring

or transported.

Or hung. Which is most likely,

isn't it, Workhouse?

Help, Mrs. Charlotte!

He'll murder me. Help!

Help. Get off!

For God's sake, help me!

My missus, he's murdering me!

-Get off. Get off me now!

-Get him, Charlotte.

Get him now. Go out with him.

Come on.

-Workhouse devil.

-I'll learn you!

-You brat!

-Get the door, Charlotte.

In with him. In.

Very violent indeed, sir.

And the missus said...

...if Mr. Bumble can spare the time...

...then Mr. Bumble's to flog him...

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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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