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Oliver Twist (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  30 September 2005 (USA)
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An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Unkind Board Member
Timothy Bateson ...
Parson / Man with a Punch
Andy de la Tour ...
Filip Hess ...
Workhouse Boy (as Filip Hes)
Andreas Papadopoulos ...
Workhouse Boy
Laurie Athey ...
Workhouse Boy
Hungry Boy
Andy Linden ...
John Nettleton ...
Tony Noble ...


Oliver Twist is an orphan, who is soon kicked out of the orphanage and thrown into a terrible home. The bad treatment Oliver receives, forces him to run off to London. Here, he is soon picked up by the Artful Dodger and taken to Fagin. Fagin treats Oliver well, but is it the life Oliver really wants? Written by Film_Fan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Twist Olivér  »

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Box Office


€50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,447 (USA) (23 September 2005)


$312,096 (Hong Kong) (9 December 2005)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the sets designed were inspired by the work of the famous illustrator Gustave Doré (although Doré never did actually illustrate any of Charles Dickens' novels). See more »


Flipped shot: At 46:55, after Oliver is punched in the face while running from the crowd, the lettering on a hand held sign ('ELECTION') is backwards. See more »


Oliver Twist: Excuse me sir... did you knock?
Noah Claypole: I kicked.
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Referenced in Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) See more »


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9 October 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Polanski is the kid of guy who likes to dance on the edge. A mixture of clown, genius and artist who has suffered personal tragedy and humiliation but one who keeps cranking amazing films. This Oliver Twist is no exception. Polanski has reworked the story and taken out the 19th century coincidences, e.g., the highly improbable fact that Oliver is Brownlow's grandson and the business with the portrait of Oliver's mother, given the old tale a fresh coat of paint with new amazing character actors such as Leanne Rowe, a young and thoroughly charming Nancy, Henry Eden, a scamp of a Dodger, Jamie Forman, a repulsive Bill Sykes with no redeeming features whatsoever and the veteran Edward Hardwicke as Brownlow. But, it's young Barney Clark who steals the show. In past versions, Oliver is merely a device upon which the other array of characters are hung. We'll all remember Sir Alec Guinness, Richard Dreyfus and Ron Moody's Fagin, Oliver Reed and Robert Newton's Bill Syke, Elijah Wood, Anthony Newley and Jack Wild's Dodger but who were the Olivers? We will remember young Master Barney Clark in this marvelous, intriguing and eye-pleasing Oliver.

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