Charles Dickens' classical story about the young orphan boy in 1837 England is again re-filmed in grand fashion. Richard Dreyfuss portrays Fagin, the unscrupulous leader of the young pick-pockets Oliver (Alex Trench) initially falls in with after escaping from a sweat shop and going to London to find his relatives.Written by
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Why, Oh why did anyone agree to be in this movie? I can only assume they were either desperate for work or mad.
Aside from the usual argument that it wasn't even slightly faithful to the book, this film just wasn't thought out.
At the start as we see Oliver's mother wandering the moors a caption comes up stating that she is 'somewhere in the north of England.' Okay, if this is true, why is everybody at the workhouse a Londoner? I'm from the north of England and no one here talks like Michael Caine, believe me.
While we're still on the subject of accents, Elijah Wood performed his role well as he is a rather good actor but this was totally shadowed by bad voice work. At times it was like he was playing Scarlet O'Hara in a GONE WITH THE WIND remake! At others I thought I'd accidentally put the Crocodile Dundee video in by mistake. There was one part in towards the end where he didn't even try and delivered an entire line in his own American accent!
I suppose in its defence, this film is not the only one to have certain inaccuracies. Even the revered Oliver! musical has a line "you promised we could go and see the hangin'" when actually by this period, public hangings had been abolished.
I actually saw this film on DVD so it's not that I've been denied the opportunity to see this in all it's 'glory' by only seeing the edited TV version. This film is a Disney film and we all know that they can do miles better. This is the corporation that invented feature-length animated movies, they brought us Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, LAdy and the Tramp, Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. This movie is so amateur in comparison to most of Disney's other productions. It comes across as having been made by some errand boy while the studio bosses are on a tea break!
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