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Twisted (1996)

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A retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist set in a New York City contemporary underground populated by drag queens, drug abuse and prostitution.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Aranha ...
Can Man, a homless man
Keivyn McNeill Grayes ...
Lee, a homeless boy
Dumb Bitch
Sharlene Brown ...
Woman with Can
Man Who Kills Can Man
Eddie, a drug dealer
Angel, his boyfriend
Shiniqua, Angel's friend
Kelly Coyle ...
Arthur's Girlfriend
Simon Brook ...
Undercover Cop
Andre, a proprietor
Jean Loup Wolfman ...
Arthur 'Fine Art', a hustler (as Jean Loup)
Rose Baum Senerchia ...
Andre's Mother
Mrs. Burns, Lee's foster mother
Willus Burns, her son


A retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist set in a New York City contemporary underground populated by drag queens, drug abuse and prostitution.

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DEM 781 (Germany) (5 June 1998)


DEM 781 (Germany) (5 June 1998)

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Twisted was re-discovered by the Museum of Modern Art in 2013, included in their Charles Dickens bicentenary film series and accepted into their permanent film collection. See more »


Angel: Can you make me beautiful? I want to be beautiful again.
Shiniqua: Sugar, everybody wants to be beautiful, but only a few of us are born that way.
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Twisted Beyond Recognition
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dickens' OLIVER TWIST gets yet another face lift in this modern re-telling set on the gritty streets of Manhattan. This update strays even further afield from the source than the Toronto-based TWIST starring Nick Stahl. Here even the names have been changed to protect the guilty, but there's still a trace of their Dickensian monikers left. Oliver is now Lee, a foster kid left to fend for himself on the streets (a young man who seems to be the genuine article, not an actor). The Artful Dodger is Fine Art - a bleached blonde, hard-edge hustler who'll do anyone for a buck. Fagin is morphed into aging mama's boy Andre (a creepy Bill Hickey). Bill Sykes and Nancy are here a gay S&M pair with Angel (Nancy) being Lee's...well...angel. The film has a gritty indie feel, but the most passionate character is a drag queen and it is hard to muster up any feelings for the others. Tony winner Elizabeth Franz does her best as a chain smoking foster care official; most of her scenes played in an odd flashback style that would better suit the stage than the screen. The tone is all over the map, with an unintentionally hilarious 'Dorian Gray' sequence involving Andre's Mother, an opera singing diva. Despite the buff guys (including stage thesp Anthony Crivello as the evil Bill Sykes character) the film wears out it's welcome, and the mind starts to mull over the merits of other film adaptations, this one near the bottom of the pack.

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