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Oliver Twist (2005)

 -  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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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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orphan | pickpocket | runaway | boy | workhouse | See more »

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

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€50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$695,126 (Spain) (2 December 2005)

Gross:

$312,096 (Hong Kong) (9 December 2005)
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To keep child actors of the Fagin's gang in character, Ben Kingsley kept his mannerisms (speech and hunch-walk) and his physical appearance as Fagin even off-set. See more »

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When Oliver runs away from Mr. Sowerberry's house to London, his shoes keep changing between shots. He is shown wearing shoes both with and without laces. When he sits and has his meal under the cart in the rain, his shoes do not have laces. Immediately after that, the shoes have laces. See more »

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Fagin: [watching Dodger and Nancy play cards] Lovely life isn't it my dear?
Oliver Twist: Yes, sir
Bet: Sir? You know who you're talking to, do ya?
Charley Bates: [laughs]
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no soul and no sense
23 October 2005 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

Dear Roman,

After having seen your latest movie I was thinking about it for quite some time and I would like to ask you some questions on it. First of all, production design. Sorry to say, but the streets of London always looked like a film set. Some horse leftovers on the ground doesn't make any difference. Life in those streets was rather artificial, as well. How to describe that in a lively way, you can read in Dickens' book. Some scenery shots were really bad. Was somebody painting glass for you? Who was your gaffer? And then the actors: Most of them come from the London area, I suppose, but does that mean they are authentic ?

What about the children? Nice faces put in old clothes don't make poor homeless pickpockets. They speak like well educated middle class kids and their life didn't appear miserable at all. Head of the gang Dodger looked like he enjoyed playing in a movie. The dog was not scary, Sykes wasn't scary, and what was Toby Crackit for in your version ? Finally Oliver. Well, he had to endure some bad treatment, but I did not see the desperate yet strong boy that Dickens described so well. Did you?

Frankly, Roman, I was bored. I love books, I like movies but this one was all so predictable and uninspired, and it is much too long. You had one excellent idea, however. Ben Kingsley. What a presence! Fagin is the one character that really lives. In the end it seems you wanted to give Ben an extra dramatic scene to let him prove how good he is, but he doesn't need to proof anything anymore, you know that.

So please forgive me when I ask: Why did you make this completely unnecessary movie ? Contract obligations ?

Respectfully,

Hellmao


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