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Acclaimed director Roman Polanski turns a dark eye toward the classic Charles Dickens novel OLIVER TWIST, about a charming orphan boy (Barney Clark) whose life seems to depend...Read more
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I bought this version of Oliver Twist to add to my Dickens collection and really enjoyed it. It was much darker a tale than most of the other light-hearted musicals~nothing to...Read more
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Acclaimed director Roman Polanski turns a dark eye toward the classic Charles Dickens novel OLIVER TWIST, about a charming orphan boy (Barney Clark) whose life seems to depend solely on the whims of fate. Abandoned early in life, Oliver first seems doomed to life in a workhouse, where he is farmed out to a local undertaker where he regularly is underfed and mistreated. Hoping to improve his lot in life, Oliver runs away to London, where he falls in with a gang of petty criminals led by the fence Fagin (Ben Kingsley) and the young pickpocket the Artful Dodger (Harry Eden). His new situation seems like relief, until he meets Mr. Brownlow (Edward Hardwicke), who sees Oliver's true character and potential and seems determined to sway destiny.Despite his innocent performance, eleven-year old Barney Clark was already a seasoned professional when Polanski recruited him to play Oliver, including studies at the Anna Scher Theatre and performances in the film THE LAWLESS HEART and British television dramas FOYLE'S WAR and THE BRIEF. Also of note is the moving score by award-winning composer Rachel Portman, which brings to life the gritty life of Victorian London. Polanski can now add OLIVER TWIST to his array of classic films, including THE PIANIST and CHINATOWN, which forever will shape cinematic vision.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 043396130654

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

eBay Product ID: EPID50794031

Editorial reviews

"[P]ersonal and poignant....Polanski here considers the case of a person shaped by a fate over which he has no control..."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (09/30/2005)

"[W]ith tact and enthusiasm, Mr. Polanski grabs hold of a great book and rediscovers its true and enduring vitality."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (09/23/2005)

"Polanski's done a very creditable job with the material....Polanski brings a searing intensity and sense of angry helplessness to the early scenes of Oliver's treatment in the workhouse."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (10/01/2005)

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Polanski's Oliver Twist

Created: 03/06/06
I bought this version of Oliver Twist to add to my Dickens collection and really enjoyed it. It was much darker a tale than most of the other light-hearted musicals~nothing too warm and fuzzy here. But it definitely showed the horrendous conditions for the poor in Victorian England, the hypocrisy of the rich that Dickens was trying to convey and even touched on anti-semitism through Fagin's character. I recommend it if you like Dicken's.
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Great price for a great product!

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Created: 10/03/12
Great price for a great product! It's hard to find good dvd movies online for a decent price and this one was priced right!
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Oliver Twist

Created: 15/02/10
Great movie. I particularly liked the way they potrait the Independence of the main character (Oliver). Good story, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Very inspiring.
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Enjoyable to watch.

Created: 04/06/09
I really would like to see a version that is true to the book. This one is not. It starts out like the book but then deviates. It uses a smaller cast of characters which forces the change in the storyline. But still overall an enjoyable movie to watch.
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great new version of the old story

Created: 07/06/08
My seven year old son was really engaged by this movie. I know, there is the implied part where the pimp kills the prostitute that's inappropriate for a seven year old. But besides that, the movie was a great story of perseverance and redemption.
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Oliver Twist (DVD, 2006)
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