Oliver Twist (1948)

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Cruelty and murder in Dickens tale of orphan boy.

NR 1948 116 minutes

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age 13+

Really sad...

This movie is not for sensitive people of any age. It's really depressing so if you are prone to depression this WILL MAKE YOU FEEL WORSE! It's a good movie just really depressing. There's depictions of child abuse at the hands of cruel adults and the character Nancy is supposed to have been a prostitute since childhood. Oliver is a sweet child who is subjected to cruelty and unfairness at the hands of adults both well off and poor criminals. Fagan is an evil Jewish man whom makes Gargamel from the Smurfs look like a saint (So there is a touch of anti-Semitism going on here) and trains boys to steal and (implied) girls to be sex slaves at young ages. It's really sad but it has a some what happy ending for Oliver who's kindness is rewarded.

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