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

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

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At the end of the film, Dodge pays a visit to Bill's place. His face is ravaged from the mugging of the previous evening. When he comes out of the house, his face shows no signs of the damage that was present when he entered the house. See more »

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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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Performed by Michèle-Barbara Pelletier
composed by Ron Proulx and Jacob Tierney
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knipp is knuts
31 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just read the review of TWIST by this knut knipp and I would advise him to stick to mainstream movies, dude go check out the new spidey movie, it rocks! Twist is no fun movie, but being a teenage male hustler is no fun thing either, unless you have a rich sugar daddy willing to take care of you. And i have known a few guys in that situation. But I guess if you're in Toronto, things can't get much worse, but a bus to LA would be a welcome change. I really don't see why the writer/director used Oliver Twist as a plot guide, it really is sort of absurd. A movie on hustling in bleak Canada doesn't need a "fagen" or an "oliver" to make it work. The performance by Nick Stahl is truly astounding, this guy is a great actor and could give the young River Phoenix a run for his money. There is no happy ending, like there was in the original Oliver, but I suppose Dickens had to keep his publisher/editor happy and the books had to sell. Actually he was the equivalent to today's Disney movies, where such banal exercises as Holes, has to conclude with everyone living happily ever after. If you like niche movies and are not into the general crap that comes out of Hollywood, then i say check out Twist.


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