TV Movie | | Crime, Drama
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.
The film features a young Timothy Spall in the bit-role of Constable #1. Coincidentally, Spall would go on to play Fagin in the 2007 miniseries adaptation of Oliver Twist, written by Sarah Phelps.
You see this, boy?
On the original VHS release, for unspecified reasons, the pivotal scene in which Oliver asks for more gruel (in this case for a starving friend) was completely cut, as were the scenes that immediately followed, with the workhouse selling Oliver to Mr. Sowerberry and Oliver's first day as Sowerberry's apprentice. This added up to ten minutes (almost to the exact second) of footage eliminated.