Oliver Twist

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005

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Director:
Roman Polanski
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Oliver Twist, an adaptation of the classic novel by Charles Dickens, is a 2005 drama directed by Roman Polanski. After his parents die, 9-year-old Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is sent to a workhouse where he is abused and neglected. One day, malnourished Oliver finds the nerve to ask for a second serving of his dinner, which prompts the workhouse officials to send him away. After unsuccessfully trying to be an apprentice to a coffin-maker, Oliver walks to London to try to find a new job. Once there, he soon befriends Jack Dawkins (Harry Eden), a young pickpocket nicknamed "The Artful Dodger." Jack takes Oliver to meet Fagin (Ben Kingsley), the adult leader of all the young pickpockets who quickly accepts Oliver into his gang. When Oliver is then framed for a crime he did not commit, a kind, wealthy new friend named Mr. Brownlow (Edward Hardwicke) rescues Oliver and takes him into his home. As soon as Fagin and his crazed henchman Bill Sikes (Jamie Foreman) learn where Oliver has gone, they will stop at nothing to make sure that the boy does not tell people of their crimes.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    With tact and enthusiasm, Mr. Polanski grabs hold of a great book and rediscovers its true and enduring vitality.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Polanski's version, though handsomely realized, is a fairly conventional rendering of the novel that probably won't be counted among his best films.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A respectable literary adaptation but lacks dramatic urgency and intriguing undercurrents.

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