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      Oliver Twist

      2005, Drama/Adventure, 2h 10m

      142 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Polanski's version of Dickens' classic won't have audiences asking for more because while polished and directed with skill, the movie's a very impersonal experience. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      An orphan (Barney Clark) in 19th-century London falls in with a gang of young pickpockets who steal for their villainous master (Ben Kingsley).

      • Rating: PG-13 (Disturbing Images)

      • Genre: Drama, Adventure, Musical

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Roman Polanski

      • Producer: Robert Benmussa, Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde

      • Writer: Ronald Harwood, Charles Dickens

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $2.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

      • Production Co: ETIC Films, Medusa Film, Run Team

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Barney Clark
      Harry Eden
      Ian McNeice
      Mark Strong
      Jeremy Swift
      Frances Cuka
      Michael Heath
      Gillian Hanna
      Alun Armstrong
      Andy de la Tour
      Peter Copley
      Liz Smith
      Ronald Harwood
      Allan Starski
      Paweł Edelman
      Hervé de Luze
      Allan Starski
      Jindrich Kocí

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      • Feb 07, 2011

        I somehow overlooked that Roman Polanski made this movie. It is interesting that Dickins' Oliver is the same age in the novel as Polanski was in 1943 when he was left in the Krakow ghetto. Dickins was sent to a workhouse at a similar age. Despite success later in life, none of them were able to put those horrors behind them. What is particularly interesting about Polanski's film is the idea that some people who may be bad or viewed as bad can do good things and be kind.

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      • Jul 15, 2010

        a bit more magical than the david lean version, assist by ben kingsley for being so damn good as fagin. only thing is i'm not interested in the oliver twist story. i'm sure to a fan of the book/story it's the dogs bollocks but to me it's very take it or leave it

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      • Feb 05, 2010

        Being opposed to any Oliver! musicals, I found Roman Polanski's gritty re-telling of the beloved Dickens tale very enjoyable. Oliver Twist offers a realistic vision of Victorian-era England, engagaing story-telling and a fantastic cast. Polanski's skillful direction transforms the well-known story into a dark and absorbing tale that faithfully reflects Dicken's novel. Ben Kingsley is well-suited and gives an enjoyable performance as Fagin, Jamie Foreman gives a fearful portrayal as the books' baddie Bill Sikes, Barney Clark is tremendous as the pitiable title character that gives warmth and hope to the dark tale. If you're a die-hard fan of the musical then you probably won't enjoy but if you're a film lover who can appreciate a legendary film-maker's audacious re-telling then sit back and enjoy.

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      • Dec 19, 2009

        A great Movie based upon Charles Dickens Novel.

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