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Oliver Twist (2005)
UK / English
An adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
Barney Clark Oliver Twist
Jeremy Swift Mr. Bumble
Ian McNeice Mr. Limbkins
Richard Durden Unkind Board Member
Timothy Bateson Parson
Andy de la Tour Workhouse Master
Filip Hess Workhouse Boy (as Filip Hes)
Andreas Papadopoulos Workhouse Boy
Laurie Athey Workhouse Boy
Joseph Tremain Hungry Boy
Peter Copley Dining Hall Master
Andy Linden Mr. Gamfield
John Nettleton 1st Magistrate
Tony Noble 2nd Magistrate
Michael Heath Mr. Sowerberry
Director: Roman Polanski
Producer: Robert Benmussa,Roman Polanski,Alain Sarde
Writer: Charles Dickens,Ronald Harwood
Wonderful version of a classic
I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Oliver. WHile I missed the music, I found that this version was more emotionally engrossing with great character development of Fagan and Oliver. I was moved by the duality in the characters, the scenery, and incredible lighting that Polanski used. As well, I felt that this version did not sugarcoat the pain and misery of being a child, especially an orphan, in this time. I found various differences in the plot from the first version. Since I have not read the novel, I am unsure which plot was more true to the book. I am guessing that Roman's was the more accurate, but I could be wrong. I highly recommend this movie for adults, but I am unsure if children would enjoy it. I found it deeply moving and upsetting as you follow the despair of Oliver with glimpses of hope. Bravo to Polanski for creating a movie that is definitely his own, which doesn't avoid the pain of being a child, and which has the courage to present characters with their strengths and flaws.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 7.0
Musician: Rachel Portman
Running time: 130 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3