Director: David Lean
Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Theater Release: Jul 30, 1951
DVD Release: Jan 12, 1999
The second of director David Lean's adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel (Great Expectations (1946) was the first), Oliver Twist expertly boils down an enormous novel to a little less than two hours' screen time. The film begins with baby Oliver left on the doorstep of an orphanage/workhouse by his unwed mother. Proving a difficult charge to the wicked orphanage official, Oliver (John Howard Davies) is sold into a job as an undertaker's apprentice. He runs away and joins a gang of larcenous