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Oliver Twist (2005)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 30 September 2005 (USA)
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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In the Nineteenth Century, orphan Oliver Twist is sent from the orphanage to a workhouse, where the children are mistreated and barely fed. He moves to the house of an undertaker, but after an unfair severe spank, he starts a seven day runaway to London. He arrives exhausted and starving, and is soon welcomed in a gang of pickpockets lead by the old crook Fagin. When he is mistakenly taken as a thief, the wealthy victim Mr. Brownlow brings Oliver to his home and shelters him. But Fagin and the dangerous Bill Sykes decide to kidnap Oliver to burglarize Mr. Brownlow's fancy house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama

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

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30 September 2005 (USA)  »

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€50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,987,287 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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In Europe, this film grossed more than five times the amount that it grossed in the U.S., bringing its take to about US$40 million, though it remained a box office flop. See more »

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The shop 'John Lobb - Bootmaker' is one of the shops appearing in the background of 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 »

Quotes

Fagin: You're like yourself tonight, Bill.
[puts his hand on Bill's shoulder]
Fagin: Quite like yourself.
Bill Sykes: Well I don't feel like myself when you lay that wicked old claw on my shoulder, so take it away!
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Connections

Version of Oliver Twist (1974) See more »

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Courtesy of Topic Records
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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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