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A queer "Oliver Twist" update set in the hustler district of modern-day Toronto.

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Dodge
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The Senator
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David
Brigid Tierney ...
Betsy
Moti Yona ...
Charley
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ...
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Oliver
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Noah (as Max McCabe)
Andre Noble ...
Adam
James Gilpin ...
Aide
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Morris
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Bully
Michael Ripley ...
John
Caroline Sura ...
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A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist. Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now Dodge. The prosaically beautiful Oliver falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes the young man under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront inner and outer demons and, strangely, it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Boys do what boys must!

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Rated R for disturbing sexual content, drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Goofs

In both scenes of Dodge sitting in the coffee shop with David, the reflection of the boom mic is clearly visible bobbing in and out at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Dodge: [right after Oliver turns his first trick] You okay?
Oliver: [dishonestly] Yeah.
Dodge: Ready for more?
Oliver: Yeah, sure.
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Version of The DuPont Show of the Month: Oliver Twist (1959) See more »

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Pantaloon In Black
Performed by Michèle-Barbara Pelletier
composed by Ron Proulx and Jacob Tierney
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Fantastic
9 December 2004 | by (MD) – See all my reviews

Nick Stahl's desperate stare sold the movie for me, I rented it based on the cover, having never heard of it. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Joshua Close's performance wasn't all that good, but Nick Stahl's was phenomenal. The movie was really emotional but really subtle. It has an excellent soundtrack, matching every scene to emotional perfection. It's a twist on Oliver Twist but set in modern day Toronto and with male prostitution and heroin instead of pick-pocketing. Don't get hung up on the comparison, look at it as it's own movie. It has the best ending to any movie I've ever seen. Essentialy it's about the blurry lines between affectionate contact, sexual contact, and violent contact. The movie forces you to bottle your emotions by never actually showing explicit sex or violence, it keeps you from getting any release. I think the method worked perfectly. The only two problems with the movie in my mind, are that Joshua Close was cast, and that although the subtleness is excellent, it's sometimes hard to hear every word of the dialogue, so keep it up load and pay close attention.


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