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.
Lysette Anthony (who plays Oliver's mother in the film) went on the appear in 1985 mini-series adaptation of Oliver Twist, where she played the dual roles of Rose Maylie and Anges Flemming. (The latter character is pretty much a reprise of her role in this film.)
The last was 'S'... Swubble I named him. This is 'T'. I name him Twist... Oliver Twist.
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.