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Original poster Directed by Produced by Roman Polanski Roman Polanski
Robert Benmussa Alain Sarde Written by Based on Charles Dickens Starring Ben Kingsley Jamie Foreman Barney Clark Harry Eden Leanne Rowe Edward Hardwicke Mark Strong Music by Rachel Portman Paweł Edelman Ronald Harwood Oliver Twist by
Cinematography Editing by
Hervé de Luze
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures/Pathé (UK) TriStar Pictures (US) Summit Entertainment (International) Release date(s) September 11, 2005 (TIFF) September 23, 2005 (United States)
He and the other resident children are treated poorly and given very little food. well-fed. whose wife and senior apprentice take an instant dislike to the newcomer. Sowerberry. two miniseries. 2005 (United Kingdom) Running time 130 minutes CountryUnited Kingdom Language English Budget $60 million  Box office USD$42. including several feature films. hypocritical men. Oliver is sent to Mr. a coffin-maker. and a stage musical that became an Academy Award-winning movie.October 7. for having insulted his mother. The screenplay by Ronald Harwood is based on the 1838 novel of the same title by Charles Dickens. which he tentatively does.321 Oliver Twist is a 2005 British drama film directed by Roman Polanski. Oliver escapes on foot. decide to get rid of him. the boys select Oliver (through a lottery) to ask for more food at the next meal. . who are wealthy. and the workhouse officials. the snotty older apprentice. Knowing his life with the Sowerberrys will only get worse. This results in Oliver being chastised.580. three television movies. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. Oliver snaps and attacks Noah. The film was preceded by numerous adaptations of the Dickens book. Facing starvation. After nearly being sold as an apprentice to a cruel chimney sweep. 2005 before going into limited release in the United States on September 23. Contents [hide] 1 Plot 2 Production and adaptation 3 Cast 4 Critical reception 5 DVD release 6 References 7 External links Plot Young orphan Oliver Twist is forcibly brought to a workhouse in an unidentified town In England on his ninth birthday. After more poor treatment.
Fagin. Brownlow informally adopts Oliver. while out running an errand for Brownlow. As . along with Nancy’s murder and Sikes is a suspect. Sikes and his accomplice. and brutally beats her to death in their apartment. information about Oliver and Fagin appear in the newspaper. or “The Artful Dodger. and the owner of the handkerchief (the wealthy Mr. and that the authorities will easily find them. Bullseye. Oliver determines to walk 70 miles to London. a kindly old woman gives him food and lodgings for the night. Brownlow. Oliver is being groomed to join their gang. Fagin. force Oliver to aid them in robbing Brownlow’s house. Oliver. Sikes survives his near-drowning. is a dead giveaway to his identity. The Artful Dodger. had heard everything and is bullied by Bill Sikes to give up the information. However. as he had been something of a father figure to Oliver. he arrives at the city. After he collapses from exhaustion. Soon. Brownlow takes him to the prison. remains crime-focused and plots with Sikes to kill Oliver when Sikes has recovered. After unsuccessfully trying to kill the dog. loses his footing and accidentally hangs himself. At the meeting. Oliver is put under supervision until Bill Sikes discovers the boy’s connection to the rich Mr. Oliver is distraught at Fagin’s fate. Toby Crackit. two of the boys steal a man’s handkerchief and Oliver is framed. The next day. Nancy has a maternal love for Oliver and does not want to see him hurt. after escaping their previous location before the police could find it. Fagin was arrested (though the fate of the pickpockets is unknown). Fagin. Sikes’s ever-present dog. When trying to scale the building using a rope. Bill decides to murder Oliver to ensure his silence. barefoot and penniless. and the boys are hiding there too. and leads a group of police and locals to the group’s hideout.” a boy-thief who takes Oliver to his home and hideout at Saffron Hill that he shares with many other young pickpockets and their eccentric elderly leader. However he is proven innocent by an eyewitness. After a week of travel. Brownlow again. Sikes. outraged at Sikes for killing the good-hearted Nancy. where they find Fagin ranting and wailing in his cell. knowing they won't shoot if the boy is with him. but she is controlled by the abusive Sikes. and the young prostitute Nancy (who is in a complex and abusive relationship with Sikes). They are discovered and Oliver is wounded in a brief shootout between Brownlow and Sikes. distracted by his dog. who had collapsed from a fever in the courtroom. As the three escape. Oliver is forcibly returned to the pickpocket gang by Fagin’s associate. Eventually.With little food. On his first outing with the pickpockets. Nancy cautiously reveals that Oliver is staying with Fagin. Bullseye escapes his master’s cruelty. Sikes takes up residence with Toby Crackit. Brownlow) takes pity on Oliver. Sikes is furious at Nancy’s betrayal. Some time later. He meets Jack Dawkins. and goes to Brownlow’s house where she arranges to have him meet her on London Bridge at midnight so she can provide information about Oliver. Brownlow leaves to call the police. but falls into a nearby river before he can take action. who had been sent by a suspicious Fagin to spy on Nancy. despite treating Oliver kindly. the evil Bill Sikes. Oliver is living comfortably with Mr. but is confined to bed with a heavy fever. and Oliver wishes to visit him in jail. reveals their location to authorities. giving him new clothes and the promise of a good education. Dodger. Bill Sikes takes Oliver onto the roof. She drugs Bill.” and tell the authorities about their criminal activity. Fagin and Sikes worried that Oliver would “peach.
. Mrs. For authenticity. gallows are being set up in the courtyard. Nancy Edward Hardwicke... Unlike Lean.. Mrs. Bill Sikes Barney Clark. with whom he had collaborated on The Pianist..Mr. Roman Polanski discusses his decision to make yet another screen adaptation of the Dickens novel. Brownlow Mark Strong. Bedwin Lewis Chase. The Artful Dodger Leanne Rowe. a bonus feature on the DVD release of the film. he was anxious to make a film his children could enjoy. Mr. Sowerberry Chris Overton.... in a departure from the novel. as well as the entire subplot of a conspiracy to defraud Oliver of the inheritance money that his father left him.. Charley Bates Michael Heath... The film was shot in Prague. Following The Pianist. Oliver Twist Harry Eden.... he and Sikes plot together to actually kill the boy. they also omitted Monks. all scenes featuring pickpocket skills were choreographed by stage pickpocket James Freedman and magician Martyn Rowland. Brownlow escorts a tearful Oliver to a carriage. Production and adaptation In Twist by Polanski... Sowerberry Gillian Hanna. welcomed the opportunity to work on the first Dickens project in his career. Mr.. Screenwriter Ronald Harwood. Fagin Jamie Foreman. In the Polanski film. and Žatec in the Czech Republic. He realized nearly forty years had passed since Oliver Twist had been adapted for a feature film and felt it was time for a new version.. Toby Crackit Frances Cuka. Beroun. Polanski and Harwood entirely omitted the Maylie family from their film. Fagin's intentions toward Oliver become murderous.. Like David Lean in his 1948 film version of the novel. Noah Claypole ... Cast Ben Kingsley.. Townspeople begin to gather to watch Fagin’s execution...
Mr." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle praised it as a "grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation. to penetrate the gloom and suggest the possibility of redemption. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone rated the film two out of four stars. There is just enough light. enough grace.. he lauded the film as "visually exact and detailed without being too picturesque.. Magistrate Fang Liz Smith.. calling it "drab and unfeeling" while "lacking the Polanski stamp.. Mr. Bumble Paul Brooke. Limbkins Alun Armstrong." He further felt Barney Clark's performance as Oliver was "bereft of personality.' A. from a filmmaker known as much for the schisms in his personal history as for the lurches in his work.. Bookseller Critical reception The film received generally positive reviews. O. Scott of the New York Times called it a "bracingly old-fashioned" film that "does not embalm its source with fussy reverence" but "rediscovers its true and enduring vitality." continuing. Grimwig Ian McNeice. with the consensus that 'Polanski's version of Dickens' classic won't have audiences asking for more because while polished and directed with skill. Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist is in the tradition of every faithful Oliver Twist ever filmed — a photogenic. it's irresistible to read his sorrowful and seemingly classical take. "the look of the movie. is at once efficient and ornate... labelling him "disappointingly wan and unengaging. It has a 'fresh' 60 percent score on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. capturing Dickens's narrative dexterity and his ear for the idioms of English speech. Yet precisely because this is by Roman Polanski." while . "On the face of it. The script. the movie's a very impersonal experience." However.. which could be plenty grim but which never succumbed to despair... is consistent with its interpretation of Dickens's worldview. in which the motives and worldview of even the worst people are made comprehensible.. enough beauty.' Review aggregate website Metacritic further assigned the film a score of 65." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times was similarly positive. straightforward. Old Woman Patrick Godfrey." He added.. "Polanski does justice to Dickens' moral universe... signifying 'generally favorable reviews.. as something much more personal and poignant.. Mr...Jeremy Swift." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly graded the film B+ and commented. CliffsNotes staging of Charles Dickens' harrowing story."  Todd McCarthy of Variety echoed Travers' sentiments about Clark.
"  Philip French of The Observer wrote that the film was "generally disappointing. though by no means badly acted. the book's original power and force have not been rediscovered. society. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian opined that while "[Polanski's] Oliver Twist does not flag or lose its way and is always watchable.writing that the film was "conventional."  In the UK press. straighforward" and "a respectable literary adaptation." and alleged that it lacked "any serious point of view about individuality. community." . but [lacking] dramatic urgency and intriguing undercurrents.
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