Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Director: Roman Polanski Cast: Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark, Jamie Foreman
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Overview

Oliver Twist

Director Roman Polanski gives one of Charles Dickens' best-loved stories a new and dynamic interpretation in this period drama. Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is a young orphan in Victorian England who has been sent to a dank workhouse run by the miserly Mr. Bumble (Jeremy Swift) when it is learned there is no one to care for him. When Oliver dares to ask for more gruel, he is sent away to live with an undertaker, who treats him poorly. Preferring life on the streets to the treatment he's been receiving, Oliver runs away to London, where he falls in with the Artful Dodger (Harry Eden), a youthful pickpocket. The Artful Dodger is one of a gang of young thieves overseen by Fagin (Ben Kingsley), a paternal but sinister criminal mastermind. While Oliver finds a home of sorts with Fagin and his young cohorts, he also falls into a dangerous life made all the more threatening by the presence of Fagin's menacing overlord, Bill Sykes (Jamie Foreman). Oliver Twist was Polanski's first feature film after enjoying a major career resurgence following the international success of his Oscar-winning World War II drama The Pianist.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
UPC: 0043396130654
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 16,557

Special Features

Closed Caption; Twist by Polanski: the director reflects on the making of Oliver Twist; The Best of Twist: an in-depth look at the film through the sets, costumes, cinematography, editing and music; Kidding with Oliver Twist: meet the young stars as they discuss filming Oliver Twist

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Fagin
Barney Clark Oliver Twist
Jamie Foreman Bill Sykes
Harry Eden Artful Dodger
Leanne Rowe Nancy
Edward Hardwicke Mr. Brownlow
Ian McNeice Mr. Limbkins
Mark Strong Toby Crackit
Jeremy Swift Mr. Bumble
Frances Cuka Mrs. Bedwin
Michael Heath Mr. Sowerberry
Gillian Hanna Mrs. Sowerberry
Alun Armstrong Magistrate Fang
Andrew dela Tour Workhouse Master
Peter Copley Dining Hall Master
Liz Smith Old Woman
Lewis Chase Charley Bates
Chris Overton Noah Claypole

Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director,Producer
Robert Benmussa Producer
Jean-Marie Blondel Sound/Sound Designer
Timothy Burrill Executive Producer
Hervé de Luze Editor
Pawel Edelman Cinematographer
Celestia Fox Casting
Ronald Harwood Screenwriter
Peter Moravec Executive Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Alain Sarde Producer
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Starski Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Oliver Twist
1. Start [2:25]
2. Time for Education [3:08]
3. "I Want Some More" [3:39]
4. Liberal Terms for a Boy [3:11]
5. At the Undertaker's [3:32]
6. Settling In... and Out [6:51]
7. The Road to London [3:20]
8. A Little Kindness [2:24]
9. Breakfast With the Dodger [3:38]
10. Fagin's Warm Welcome [5:22]
11. Learning the Game [7:08]
12. "Stop, Thief!" [2:52]
13. On Trial [3:36]
14. How to Find Oliver? [3:06]
15. A Loving Home [7:13]
16. An Errand Gone Awry [5:38]
17. Chat About Hanging [4:44]
18. Bill's Lecture [6:09]
19. Bungled Burglary [6:34]
20. Plans for the Boy [4:21]
21. An Urgent Message [3:41]
22. No Going Out Tonight [4:19]
23. The Dodger Dodges [4:16]
24. Flight of Thieves [2:50]
25. Silence... and News [4:19]
26. Bull's-eye's Not Fooled [3:23]
27. Desperate Bargain [5:41]
28. "You Were Kind to Me" [12:44]

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Oliver Twist 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good movie with some very good actors. Ben Kingsley did a great job of portraying the character of Fagin and Barney Clark made a great Oliver Twist. Roman Polanski did a fantastic job of recreating Victorian England. I was glad that the script was similar to the book’s dialogue and contained the old English slang of the time the story is set in. However those who have read the book may feel that the movie, like most films based on books, leaves out many things from the book. For example, characters such as Noah Claypole and the Artful Dodger have smaller roles in the movie than they did in the book. I still enjoyed the movie though, and I definitely recommend that people watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was just amazing! It is another Polanski masterpiece. (I also recommend 'The Pianist' by him). A splendid adaptation of the book. It was hilarious. (It's not supposed to be, but it is). Roman Polanski adds a bit of humor.