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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?


The Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist has many more characters and subplots than can be fit into a just-over-2-hours film. This version narrows down and streamlines the story to focus on Oliver Twist, Mr. Brownlow, Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger. The novel's other characters Mr. Bumble, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Corney, Noah Claypole, Charlotte, Mr. Monks, the Maylie family, the Fleming family, and the Leeford family, are all either relegated to brief cameo roles or omitted entirely from the story. See more »


The shop "John Lobb - Bootmaker" is visible in the background in London. The story takes place in the late 1830s, but the well- known London boot maker John Lobb wasn't founded until 1866. See more »


Artful Dodger: You may start by jappaning my trotter case. In plain English, clean my boots.
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Though Polanski's Oliver Twist is a superficially conventional retelling of the story, this is Polanski, and the truth about pain is here if you are paying attention.
5 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There was little that Charles Dickens didn't know about human nature. Who better to interpret his work for the screen than the similarly gifted Roman Polanski.

Polanski's film allows everyone their humanity. Even the extras who people the immaculately designed sets, seem to have a life outside of this film. Ben Kingsley's performance as Fagin is not held in aspic in old age, but is full of hints about his earlier life. Oliver's sufferings seem to mirror that of children in many places and in all times. When it is alleviated it is not by those worldly motivations of charity or civil duty. While a carriage full of prosperous people studiously ignore his plight, a poor old woman who has little herself cares for him. While the wealthy city is content for him to die on the street, a criminal feeds him. When Oliver finally takes his place in the middle class, a priggish religiosity reminds us of Victorian society's cure for criminality. In the end Polanski knows and Dickens asserts that individual decency and humanity alone provide hope.

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