Twist

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Released 2003

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Twist

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Director:
Jacob Tierney
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Twist is modern-day version of the classical story of Oliver Twist, an adorable English orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins a group of pickpockets in London. The 'twists' in this version of the tale are that it is set in Toronto, Canada, instead of London, England, and it is told from the viewpoint of the Artful 'Dodge' Dodger (Nick Stahl), the leader of the gang of pickpockets. When Dodge meets Oliver (Joshua Close), they quickly develop a friendship and Dodge brings Oliver along as his apprentice. Dodge introduces Oliver to street life and hustling - prostitution, drug dealing and sleeping on the streets. Dodge was only answerable to Fagin (Gary Farmer), the local pimp, who oversees these young men and uses them to get money. Oliver and Dodge later begin to reconsider their lives as criminals, but continue to be magnetized by the attractions of a life of crime. This is a story about real-life criminality, its attractions, and the struggle to remove one's self after getting caught in its net. Twist was written and directed by Jacob Tierney.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Under Tierney's admirably low-key, unexploitative direction all his actors are memorable and never seem to be acting. Twist is decidedly dark but consistently engaging.

  • 70

    Variety David Stratton

    Shot on location in subdued colors, Twist offers much less hope for its troubled characters than Dickens did. Its very downbeat vision may turn off auds, which is a pity because th...

  • 40

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    In both Twist and "Idaho," the act of placing a larger-than-life literary figure in a constrained, narrowly naturalistic environment merely strips the characters of their scale and...

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