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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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$350,000 (estimated)
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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

Fagin: You smoke too much. What, you think that's funny? Why is that funny?
Dodge: No, it's just very... I dunno.
Fagin: I wanna talk to you about somethin'.
Dodge: Yeah, what?
Fagin: Well, Nancy... told me about that car from Quebec. But, don't get mad at her, Dodge.
Dodge: Aw!
Fagin: She told me 'cause she cares about you. What, you don't think that's true? Well, if you don't know THAT...
Dodge: Okay.
Fagin: And Oliver tells me you're screaming at a car last night.
Dodge: The fuck IS this, kindergarten? People are TELLING on me?
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Pantaloon In Black
Performed by Michèle-Barbara Pelletier
composed by Ron Proulx and Jacob Tierney
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Thought provoking, moving, dark yet magnetic
16 September 2003 | by (Ann Arbor, MI) – See all my reviews

You cannot help but get sucked into this film... Beautifully acted, exquisitely filmed. Throughout the film, you want to jump on the screen and rescue Oliver. The audience at the Toronto International Film gasped in unison throughout the film...

A fantastic adaptation of Dickens' masterpiece; who knew that today's Toronto could be as darkly sinister as Dickens' London?


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