Facing his parent's (Lynne Moody, Ben Vereen) impending divorce and emotional upheaval, a young boy (Emmanuel Lewis) runs away and joins a gang of London street urchins who live by their wits, begging, and thievery.

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Davey Williams
Lynne Moody ...
Janet Williams
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Paul Williams
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Leo Porter
Basil Hoskins ...
Arnold Pierce-Jones
Courtney Roper-Knight ...
Sean
Bobby Collins ...
Harry
Horace Oliver ...
Barney
Amber-Jane Raab ...
Heather
Michelle Welch ...
Nancy
Wayne Goddard ...
Derek
Peter Hughes ...
Inspector Wellen
Deirdre Costello ...
Dawn
Michael Robbins ...
Bill
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Rosey
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Facing his parent's (Lynne Moody, Ben Vereen) impending divorce and emotional upheaval, a young boy (Emmanuel Lewis) runs away and joins a gang of London street urchins who live by their wits, begging, and thievery.

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20 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Pikku kulkuri  »

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Basically a modern-day "Oliver Twist".
23 August 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is just, really, a retelling of "Oliver Twist", with the character's names (and some of the storyline) changed. A young boy without parents has to rely on the seedier element to survive.

There are many of the same characters from Oliver Twist (Fagin, Mr. Sykes, The Artful Dodger) in this story, but with their own twists (and new names). Emmanuel Lewis portrayed the Davey Williams (Oliver) character at the height of his "Webster" popularity, and his adorable "little boy in trouble" routine shone through quite well.

This movie is to Oliver Twist what "Roxanne" was to "Cyrano de Bergerac". It's an updated, twisted retelling of a classic story. Sufficiently well-acted, I would enjoy seeing this made-for-TV film again... but I'm not dying to add it to my personal collection.


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