MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 438 this week

Oliver Twist (2005)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  30 September 2005 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 21,120 users   Metascore: 65/100
Reviews: 135 user | 130 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 29 Oct 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 02 Jan 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 13 Feb 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Search for "Oliver Twist" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Oliver Twist (2005)

Oliver Twist (2005) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Oliver Twist.

User Polls

2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Martian Child (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

Director: Menno Meyjes
Stars: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Bobby Coleman
Whale Rider (2002)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro
Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation. While waiting, he realizes a baby bird has fallen from its nest: he chases away a ... See full summary »

Director: Majid Majidi
Stars: Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac
October Sky (1999)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern
Son of Rambow (2007)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).

Director: Garth Jennings
Stars: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes
Two Brothers (2004)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two tigers are separated as cubs and taken into captivity, only to be reunited years later as enemies by an explorer (Pearce) who inadvertently forces them to fight each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
The Help (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor
Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
Edit

Cast

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
Joseph Tremain ...
Hungry Boy
...
Andy Linden ...
John Nettleton ...
Tony Noble ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oliver Twist  »

Box Office

Budget:

€50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Workhouse Boy: [Woken by boy pacing back an forth] Tom, give it a rest will ya? We're trying to sleep.
Hungry Boy: Can't sleep. Too hungry.
Workhouse Boy: We're all hungry.
Hungry Boy: Yeah, but I'm scared.
Workhouse Boy: Scared? Of What?
Hungry Boy: I'm so hungry I'm scared I might eat the boy that sleeps next to me.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Twist by Polanski (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Newry Town
Performed by Jumbo Brightwell
Courtesy of Topic Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Absolutely Perfect
2 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perfect, there is no better way to describe this wonderful production by Roman Polanski. This time honoured story by one of the world's greatest writers has been given excellent treatment by a fantastic director.

First, the acting is quite good, not just as one would expect from Ben Kingsley (who out does himself as the scheming cantankerous Fagin), but from the child actors as well, most notably Barney Clark and Harry Eden (who play Twist and Dodger, respectively). Another notable aspect of the cast is they all speak with a thick 19th century British accent, and yet manage to be perfectly intelligible to the audience.

As for the story, well, what can I say, it's Dickens! Some characters are of course cut from the book, and some plot points and elements are missing, but that is to be expected when a book is translated into a film. Despite the cuts, the movie is very faithful to the book, and one could hardly ask for a better translation of written medium to the visual.

Despite wonderful acting and excellent story, my favourite part of this movie is definitely the visuals. The set and costume crew has done an amazing job of recreating the London in which Oliver lived. Every nuance of London, from the slums to the well to do areas has been very faithfully realized on screen. The squalor of the back alleys is almost palpable as the characters trod through the mud, and one is almost tempted to doff their hat when the scenery moves to the middle class homes.

Overall, I can find very little to not praise about this movie, the only thing I can find some flaw with is the soundtrack, as it seems a bit sparse in some areas, and perhaps a bit too repetitive. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of any genre.


71 of 96 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Worst Bill Sykes... kingkoopa77
A good film? aracujo
Smoking davysbaby
Stolen score! lailaihouhou
artful dodger mandy_pandy18
a verbal anachronism? Dublin07-1
Discuss Oliver Twist (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?