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Twist (2003)

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A queer "Oliver Twist" update set in the hustler district of modern-day Toronto.

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Jacob Tierney

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Jacob Tierney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Stahl ... Dodge
Gary Farmer ... Fagin
Stephen McHattie ... The Senator
Tygh Runyan ... David
Brigid Tierney Brigid Tierney ... Betsy
Moti Yona Moti Yona ... Charley
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Nancy
Joshua Close ... Oliver
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos ... Noah (as Max McCabe)
Andre Noble Andre Noble ... Adam
James Gilpin James Gilpin ... Aide
Josh Holliday ... Morris
Mike Lobel ... Bully
Michael Ripley Michael Ripley ... John
Caroline Sura Caroline Sura ... Girl
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Storyline

A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist. Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now Dodge. The prosaically beautiful Oliver falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes the young man under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront inner and outer demons and, strangely, it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Boys do what boys must!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual content, drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Твист See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Victorious Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Goofs

At the end of the film, Dodge pays a visit to Bill's place. His face is ravaged from the mugging of the previous evening. When he comes out of the house, his face shows no signs of the damage that was present when he entered the house. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: So, you from Toronto?
Dodge: No.
Oliver: So where're you from?
Dodge: Not-Toronto.
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Connections

Version of Oliver Twink (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Pantaloon In Black
Performed by Michèle-Barbara Pelletier
composed by Ron Proulx and Jacob Tierney
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lonely boys trying to survive and looking for love and warmth
29 January 2004 | by kridasSee all my reviews

I've just seen this movie on the IFFRotterdam, and was impressed by the acting performance of Nick Stahl. Also the very good camerawork was a very pleasant surprise. It's quite a dark film, not only because it's a film about hustling boys, but also most of the film is shot in darker periods of the day, and i found it really well shot and well use of the diafragma of the camera. The story it's self was nothing special because it's based on Oliver Twist, but with a modern touch. The performances of the actors made it really worthwhile. Nick Stahl is a actor of a kind i expect to last long, and will be able move ahead in his career. He alone is worth viewing this film, very convincing, the way he walks, his look into the camera, his emotion when he has to do his brother....go and see it


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