A charming orphan boy, Oliver (Barney
Clark) whose life seems to depend solely
on the whims of fate. Abandoned early in life, Oliver
first seems doomed to life in a workhouse, where
he is farmed out to a local undertaker where he
regularly is underfed and mistreated. Hoping to
improve his lot in life, Oliver runs away to London,
where he falls in with a gang of petty criminals
led by the fence Fagin (Ben
Kingsley) and the young pickpocket the Artful
Dodger (Harry Eden).
His new situation seems like relief, until he meets
Mr. Brownlow (Edward Hardwicke),
who sees Oliver’s true character and potential
and seems determined to sway destiny.