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Boy Called Twist (2004)

Boy Called Twist is the harrowing tale of a South African street-kid's search for love, based on Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist. Growing up neglected in a rural orphanage, Twist ... See full summary »

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Jarrid Geduld ... Twist
Lesley Fong ... Fagin
Bart Fouche ... Bill Sykes
Bill Curry ... Ebrahim Bassedien
... Nancy
Goliath Davids ... Bedel
Terry Norton ... Mrs. Corlet
Tertius Swanepoel ... Dodger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Abrahams ... Boese
Merlin Balie ... Chester
... Monks
Paddy Canavan ... Magistrate
Christo Davids ... Noah
Ernestine Deane ... Shamilla Bassedien
Charlton George ... Detective
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Boy Called Twist is the harrowing tale of a South African street-kid's search for love, based on Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist. Growing up neglected in a rural orphanage, Twist escapes to the unpredictable freedom of Cape Town, where he falls in with Fagin's gang of street urchins. With a gritty honesty steeped in its vibrant characters, Boy called Twist superbly captures the contemporary equivalents of Dickens' seedy individuals as it shadows the timeless tale in its own inimitable style. Written by Tim Greene

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The Story of a Cape Town street-kid, based on Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist

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16 June 2006 (USA)  »

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Twist  »

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ZAR 2,400,000 (estimated)
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Dickens Shrugged
20 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

In the spirit of "what's old is new" comes this thinly veiled adaptation of "Oliver Twist". The film-makers don't try to hide it, as it's clearly in the title, but what they DON'T tell you is that this is just a mess on too many levels. First, the dialogue is just contrived and unnatural. Second, the story is just a bit incoherent. Third, juxtaposing Islam in Capetown over the original Dickensian London doesn't work, since anyone familiar with Islam knows there is a BIG problem with adoption in that society (i.e. Islam basically forbids it, since its founder, Mohammed disavowed his previously adopted son because he wanted to have his wife for himself). Just bad.


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