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Oliver Twist (2005)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 30 September 2005 (USA)
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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:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barney Clark ... Oliver Twist
Jeremy Swift ... Mr. Bumble
Ian McNeice ... Mr. Limbkins
Richard Durden ... Unkind Board Member
Timothy Bateson ... Parson / Man with a Punch
Andy de la Tour ... Workhouse Master
Filip Hes Filip Hes ... Workhouse Boy
Andreas Papadopoulos Andreas Papadopoulos ... Workhouse Boy
Laurie Athey Laurie Athey ... Workhouse Boy
Joseph Tremain ... Hungry Boy
Peter Copley ... Dining Hall Master
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Mr. Gamfield - the Chimney Sweep
John Nettleton ... 1st Magistrate
Tony Noble Tony Noble ... 2nd Magistrate
Michael Heath ... Mr. Sowerberry
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | UK | Czech Republic

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oliver Tvist See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,447, 25 September 2005

Gross USA:

$1,987,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,500,000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist" has many more characters and subplots than can be fit into a just-over-two-hour movie. This version narrows down and streamlines the story to focus on Oliver Twist, Mr. Brownlow, Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger. The novel's other characters Mr. Bumble, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Corney, Noah Claypole, Charlotte, Mr. Monks, Charley Bates, the Maylie family, the Fleming family, and the Leeford family, are all either relegated to brief cameo roles or omitted entirely from the story. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver runs away from Mr. Sowerberry's house to London, his shoes keep changing between shots. He is shown wearing shoes both with and without laces. When he sits and has his meal under the cart in the rain, his shoes do not have laces. Immediately after that, the shoes have laces. See more »

Quotes

Fagin: Do you know what I consider the greatest sin in the world, my dear? Ingratitude. That's what you're guilty of. Ingratitude.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: Footage of the beating of Nancy from Bill was cut in the UK to obtain a "PG" rating. See more »

Connections

Version of Oliver Twist (1974) See more »

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Newry Town
Performed by Jumbo Brightwell
Courtesy of Topic Records
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I thought it was great!
5 October 2005 | by pupiluv72See all my reviews

I completely disagree with the comment I just read. I thought Roman Polanski did great respects to the story and to Dickens. I thought all of the performances were well done and Ben Kingsley was just amazing. I have been in the production of Oliver! the musical three times and have read the book about a million times. It is one of my all time favorite stories and plays and I have been disappointed with the past Oliver Twist films. I remember a few years ago I saw a very poorly done Oliver Twist with Elijah Wood as the Artful Dodger. This one did not disappoint me as a huge fan in the least. I feel Roman Polanski really understood what Dickens was trying to express in his books. And by the way, the character Oliver is supposed to faint, it is a sign of his weakness. I know I am repeating myself but I really did love the performances. The Artful Dodger was great and Mr.Salsbury was done so justly. Even the smallest characters were performed amazingly. I think the only way someone would foolishly call this off as a poorly written, poorly acted, or poorly done film was if they were blind and deaf! No offense to anyone who is of course, but I was very taken aback, as I said, by the comment I just read about this film. The only thing it has against it is that it's a bit long. I knew where the story was going at every moment but for someone just being introduced to Oliver Twist, it might seem to go on for a while. But if you look back at the history of movies, many of the best films are long. If you are a fan of Charles Dickens, please see this film - you will love it. If you are a fan of Roman Polanski it is one of his best! If you wish to be entertained in a very classic and non-offensive way, please see this film. I just loved it and could go on and on. This is a story and film for all ages!


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