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Oliver Twist (2005)

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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)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 »

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Details

Country:

Czech Republic | UK | France | Italy

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:

CZK 322,085 (Czech Republic), 29 September 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,447, 25 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,987,287, 16 October 2005

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

Final theatrical movie of Edward Hardwicke (Mr. Brownlow). See more »

Goofs

Flipped shot: At 46:55, after Oliver is punched in the face while running from the crowd, the lettering on a hand held sign ('ELECTION') is backwards. See more »

Quotes

Fagin: [watching Dodger and Nancy play cards] Lovely life isn't it my dear?
Oliver Twist: Yes, sir
Bet: Sir? You know who you're talking to, do ya?
Charley Bates: [laughs]
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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 The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Newry Town
Performed by Jumbo Brightwell
Courtesy of Topic Records
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Well made, a great version of a much loved tale
11 October 2005 | by tresdodgeSee all my reviews

I was somewhat ambivalent about the thought of one of my favourite directors making a version of the much loved classic tale Oliver Twist. On the one had Roman Polanski crafts wonderful and moving films extremely well so I was intrigued to see how he would weave this one together. From his early 'Knife in the water' through to 'The Pianist' each has his trademark directorial stamp on it whilst still being truly incredible and individual films. On the other hand, the Oliver Twist tale has been screened to death both in two highly regarded films as well as multifarious TV versions over the years. In my opinion David Lean's version is fantastic, Alec Guiness superb as Fagin and the whole film experience has kept me going back from childhood through to adulthood.

So it was with great trepidation that I went to see this spanking brand new version and thankfully I was not disappointed. The character of Fagin, so crucial to the story, is performed with outstanding ability by Ben Kingsley. He really portrays this grotesque but somehow lovable character well from his slight mannerisms and movements to his vocal abilities. Also, finely performed were the parts of the artful dodger (Harry Eden), Mr Brownlowe (Edward Hardwicke) and of course Oliver Twist (Barney Clarke). There was such sadness and despair in his eyes throughout that he really captured the part well. Less convincing was Bill Sykes (Jamie Foreman) who was not right for the part nor performed well enough to stand up against the masterful Oliver Reed in a previous version. Foreman is a regular in gangster type films and for me did not really fit into the cast or film well here.

The recreation of mid 19th century London is done well with Polanski drawing on the visual inspiration of Dore prints of the period for authenticity. The cinematography is as accomplished as always in a Polanski film and the lighting helped to create dramatic moods well.

All in all a very competent and entertaining version with great acting, a fine pace and an outstanding final scene of Fagin finished and soon to face death gripping hold of Oliver tightly. I would highly recommend to adults, children and die hard fans of other versions. All great directors have different visions and Polanski has used his vision and experienced craftmanship in successfully remaking this much loved tale.


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