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Charles Dickens is the finest writer in the history of the written
word. Small wonder that it's almost impossible to screw up a Dickens
story. This production was terrific, but as a purist, I have a few
small complaints. The location was good, but I felt it was too clean to
be London c. 1845, probably because it was filmed in Europe. I found
Fagins boys a little too jocular. I loved the music...but I am a huge
fan of composer Rachel Portman (she did the lovely soundtrack to
Nicholas Nickelby). My main disappointment was that the parentage of
Oliver was not revealed. I think that Polanski could have omitted the
characters of Toby Crackit and Mr. Grimwig, and spent the time in
wrapping up the story properly (in true Dickensian fashion). The line
that Mr. Bumble delivers when he is told that the law assumes he has
control over the actions of his wife (in concealing Olivers parentage)
is a classic..."if the law supposes that...the law is an ass".
Anyhow, no time spent watching Dickens is wasted. a definite two thumbs up.
If you are interested in learning more about this sort of thing
happening in modern civilization, there is an excellent book called
"Outlaw Seas" or "The Outlaw Sea", and it describes, in story after
story, how these things do happen. The lawlessness of the high seas is
a reality for a number of reasons. One, many of the world's freighters
are of questionable registry (nationality) and it's difficult to
impossible to enforce international laws when the ships owners don't
have an office in a real country. Two, many ship lines employ crews
from dirt poor third world countries. The crews are often (like illegal
immigrant workers) threatened and bullied into complying with
questionable or illegal practices. Three, there is often a language
barrier, not only between the officers and the crew, but also between
the crew members themselves. The crew are rewarded for their compliance
and their silence. Four, once committing an illegal act, the ships are
able to hide in plain sight with little more than a fresh coat of
paint. Anyway, it's fascinating reading.
Horrifying story, excellent movie. Does anyone else notice how HBO seems to make the best and most important movies? Hollywood has trouble releasing enough Oscar worthy movies in any given year, so that several of the top 5 contenders usually come from Britain. Jerry Bruckheimer = the end of quality cinema.
I loved the thoroughly evil performance by Sean Pertwee. I also, as usual, loved Omar Epps.
What a treasure this movie is. Every time we watch it we roar, and
after seeing it at least 10 times, it never gets stale. The cast is
fabulous and the script is so clever. It is as much a classic as Emma.
Just learned where the name of the high school came from. "Bronson Alcott High School....director Amy Heckerling was dating actor Bronson Pinchot (Beverley Hills Cop) at the time. According to IMDb trivia, Alcott is his middle name.
Dozens & dozens of quotable lines in this gem. Love the line from Cher (referring to Mr. Hall and Miss Geist) old people can be so cute". Love the Dan Hedaya character. Even though he is tough and gruff, he is warm and caring with his "children".
I would recommend this movie to anyone, although not everyone will appreciate it in the same way.
Saw this movie on its release and have treasured it since. What a wonderful group of actors (I always find the casting one of the most interesting aspects of a film). Really enjoyed seeing dramatic actress Jacqueline Bisset in this role and Wallace Shawn is always a hoot. The script is smart, sly and tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at almost everything "Beverley Hills". Loved Paul Bartel's "doctor" and Ray Sharkey's manservant. This was raunchy and crude, but thank god! Unless you're a prude, I heartily recommend this movie. FYI for anyone who likes to play six degrees of Kevin Bacon, Mary Woronov & Paul Bartel were in "Rock & Roll High School". Mary Woronov and Robert Beltran were in "Night of the Comet" together. They were all three in "Eating Raoul".