Oliver Twist (2005) pg classification

Film promo picture: Oliver Twist (2005)

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Genre: Drama
Director: Roman Polanski
Running time: 130 mins

About Oliver Twist (2005)

The Charles Dickens classic that spawned a thousand school musicals is given its third film version at the hands of legendary director Roman Polanski. With the help of Ben Kingsley as thieving mentor Fagin, this reinterpretation of the tale of an orphan cast from the workhouse into the care of a pick-pocketing gang of waifs and strays should be cinematic gold. But Polanski's vision fails to glisten, despite lush cinematography and a charismatic performance by young Harry Eden as the Artful Dodger. Sticking strictly to the novel, the adaptation does nothing new with a story so well-known and loved, while others have played the characters of Oliver, Nancy and Bill Sykes better in the past. Oliver Twist falls short of Polanski's usual adaptations, but the strength of the story makes it worth a look nonetheless.

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