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Oliver Twist (2005)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 30 September 2005 (USA)
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An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barney Clark ... Oliver Twist
Jeremy Swift ... Mr. Bumble
Ian McNeice ... Mr. Limbkins
Richard Durden ... Unkind Board Member
Timothy Bateson ... Parson / Man with a Punch
Andy de la Tour ... Workhouse Master
Filip Hes Filip Hes ... Workhouse Boy
Andreas Papadopoulos Andreas Papadopoulos ... Workhouse Boy
Laurie Athey Laurie Athey ... Workhouse Boy
Joseph Tremain ... Hungry Boy
Peter Copley ... Dining Hall Master
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Mr. Gamfield - the Chimney Sweep
John Nettleton ... 1st Magistrate
Tony Noble Tony Noble ... 2nd Magistrate
Michael Heath ... Mr. Sowerberry
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Storyline

In the Nineteenth Century, orphan Oliver Twist is sent from the orphanage to a workhouse, where the children are mistreated and barely fed. He moves to the house of an undertaker, but after an unfair severe spank, he starts a seven day runaway to London. He arrives exhausted and starving, and is soon welcomed in a gang of pickpockets lead by the old crook Fagin. When he is mistakenly taken as a thief, the wealthy victim Mr. Brownlow brings Oliver to his home and shelters him. But Fagin and the dangerous Bill Sykes decide to kidnap Oliver to burglarize Mr. Brownlow's fancy house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | UK | Czech Republic

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oliver Tvist See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,447, 25 September 2005

Gross USA:

$2,080,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,580,321
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist" has many more characters and subplots than can be fit into a just-over-two-hour movie. This version narrows down and streamlines the story to focus on Oliver Twist, Mr. Brownlow, Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger. The novel's other characters Mr. Bumble, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Corney, Noah Claypole, Charlotte, Mr. Monks, Charley Bates, the Maylie family, the Fleming family, and the Leeford family, are all either relegated to brief cameo roles or omitted entirely from the story. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver first meets Nancy, two women and the Artful Dodger play a card game. Dodger asks Nancy to cut the deck in half, and she splits the card into two piles. When Dodger returns them into two piles, he puts the half that was originally on top, on top again. He might have been cheating, but this could also be an error in the film. See more »

Quotes

Artful Dodger: I suppose you've been walkin so long on the beak's order?
Oliver Twist: What's that?
Artful Dodger: Don't you know what a beak is?
Oliver Twist: It's a bird's mouth isn't it?
Artful Dodger: [laughs] You are green. A beak's a magistrate, where have you been all your life?
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: Footage of the beating of Nancy from Bill was cut in the UK to obtain a "PG" rating. See more »


Soundtracks

Newry Town
Performed by Jumbo Brightwell
Courtesy of Topic Records
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Absolutely Perfect
2 October 2005 | by Envinyatar2See all my reviews

Perfect, there is no better way to describe this wonderful production by Roman Polanski. This time honoured story by one of the world's greatest writers has been given excellent treatment by a fantastic director.

First, the acting is quite good, not just as one would expect from Ben Kingsley (who out does himself as the scheming cantankerous Fagin), but from the child actors as well, most notably Barney Clark and Harry Eden (who play Twist and Dodger, respectively). Another notable aspect of the cast is they all speak with a thick 19th century British accent, and yet manage to be perfectly intelligible to the audience.

As for the story, well, what can I say, it's Dickens! Some characters are of course cut from the book, and some plot points and elements are missing, but that is to be expected when a book is translated into a film. Despite the cuts, the movie is very faithful to the book, and one could hardly ask for a better translation of written medium to the visual.

Despite wonderful acting and excellent story, my favourite part of this movie is definitely the visuals. The set and costume crew has done an amazing job of recreating the London in which Oliver lived. Every nuance of London, from the slums to the well to do areas has been very faithfully realized on screen. The squalor of the back alleys is almost palpable as the characters trod through the mud, and one is almost tempted to doff their hat when the scenery moves to the middle class homes.

Overall, I can find very little to not praise about this movie, the only thing I can find some flaw with is the soundtrack, as it seems a bit sparse in some areas, and perhaps a bit too repetitive. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of any genre.


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