- Oliver Twist (1997 film)
Oliver Twist Directed by Tony Bill Produced by John Baldecchi
Written by Charles Dickens (novel)
Monte Merrick (teleplay)
Stephen Sommers (uncredited)
Starring Richard Dreyfuss
Music by Van Dyke Parks Editing by Axel Hubert Language English Original channel ABC Running time 91 min.
Oliver Twist is a 1997 television movie produced by Walt Disney Television, based on the popular novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. It aired during The Wonderful World of Disney. One of the lesser known film versions of the book, it starred veteran Richard Dreyfuss as Fagin, Elijah Wood as the Artful Dodger, and Alex Trench as Oliver Twist.
As in most film adaptations of this book, Monks, Oliver's half-brother, is not in the film. There are other changes as well. The bookseller does not testify for Oliver at his trial, but Rose Maylie does. Most of the changes are minor, but a major one is that when Oliver is taken in by Fagin's gang he himself, and not the Widow Corney, is in possession of his mother's locket, and Oliver has come to London, not just to seek his fortune, but to discover his true identity. Mr. Bumble is only in one scene, and the Widow Corney's role is expanded. And, as in the musical, Nancy is murdered at London Bridge, not in her bedroom as in the novel.
- Richard Dreyfuss .... Fagin
- Elijah Wood .... The Artful Dodger
- David O'Hara .... Bill Sikes
- Alex Trench .... Oliver Twist
- Antoine Byrne .... Nancy
- Olivia Caffrey .... Rose Maylie
- Anthony Finigan .... Mr. Brownlow
- Maria Charles .... Widow Corney
- Des Braiden .... Magistrate
- Eileen Colgan .... Mrs. Bedwin
- Eilish Moore .... Cook
- Lisa Dwan .... Agnes
- Conor Evans .... Chief Constable
- A.J. Kennedy .... Police Constable
- Jeffrey O'Toole .... Hugh
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Characters Film adaptations Television adaptations Other adaptations Songs See also Films directed by Tony Bill 1980s 1990s 2000sHarlan County War (2000) · Flyboys (2006) · Pictures of Hollis Woods (2007)
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