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Movie scene : Oliver Twist – Bill kills Nancy

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One of the scariest scenes in film.  For Babyhead anyway.

Nancy’s sleeping and is woken up by Bill coming home.  First thing he does is slide a table to block the door.  He pulls back the curtain near the bed and he is wild eyed.  He tells her to get up, she cringes back into the bed and Bill grabs her and pulls her off the bed.  This is not going to be good.  She’s screaming and he’s grunting like a wild animal. He’s been betrayed by his woman.  He punches her to the floor.  She crawls towards him as he picks up a club.  We see him swing it down on her two times.  We don’t see the contact but we hear it and feel it.  We also see Bill’s dog madly scratching at the bottom of the door to get out.  Petrified.  We feel like the dog.

We cut away for a time lapse and return in the morning with Sykes sitting in the room with Nancy’s dead body.  The dog is against the door quivering in fear.  We stay with Sykes while he sits with his alcohol, sleep deprived mind.  It’s not a good place.

Brilliant piece of work from all involved.  David Lean uses all the artistry available to him and creates a memorable classic film scene.  Silence, shadows, edits, cuts, music, directing, cinematography and fantastic performances from Robert Newton, Kay Walsh and the dog.

Sykes’ insanity.  The terrified dog.  Images that live in CB’s film history mind.  An all time favorite from an all time favorite film.

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8 comments on “Movie scene : Oliver Twist – Bill kills Nancy

  1. 1537
    April 16, 2017

    Still chills me.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 16, 2017

      Yup!

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      • 1537
        April 16, 2017

        The look of the film was just incredible.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 16, 2017

        David Lean and the film makers that worked with him made magic. They captured the time, place and desperation of that story. It’s a favorite. I’m pretty sure it was the same DOP as on ‘Great Expectations’.

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  2. greenpete58
    April 16, 2017

    Robert Newton was a talented and underrated actor. He was also superb in “Treasure Island” (I think he’s where that whole pirate “Aaargh!” thing started). You’re right, CB, this is a chilling scene, especially for when it was filmed. Even Sykes’s shadowy cronies are appalled by his violence. A classic book, and THE classic film adaptation.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 16, 2017

      Lean knew what he was doing when he cast Newton. This scene just scares the hell out of me. I could fill a book talking about this film (and Dickens). Another great Newton performance is in ‘Odd Man Out”. His portrayal of a wacked out artist was ahead of it’s time (In CB’s opinion). Always welcome your take on this stuff. “Aaaargh”

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  3. Thom Hickey
    April 20, 2017

    Yes .. a hallucinatory scene that can never leave you.

    Regards Thom.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 20, 2017

      “Hallucinatory” is the word. Lean let the camera do the work. Minimal dialogue. The images tell the story. Thanks for the input Thom .

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