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Roman Polanski directs the classic Charles Dickens' story of a young orphan boy who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets in 19th Century London. Abandoned at an early age, Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is forced to live in a workhouse lorded over by the awful Mr. Bumble, who cheats the boys of their meager rations. Desperate yet determined, Oliver makes his escape to the streets of London. Penniless and alone, he is lured into a world of crime by the sinister Fagin (Academy-Award® winner Sir Ben Kingsley) -- the mastermind of a gang of pint-sized pickpockets. Oliver's rescue by the kindly Mr. Brownlow is only the beginning of a series of adventures that lead him to the promise of a better life.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Polanski's version of Dickens' classic won't have audiences asking for more because while polished and directed with skill, the movie's a very impersonal experience.
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Common Sense Says
Beautiful, but very dark. Not for sensitive kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the film includes occasional brutal images of Oliver's suffering. He's beaten, starved, teased, tortured, and beaten some more. Scenes show Oliver sleeping in a box and in the street, in ragged clothes with bloodied feet and dirty face, bullied by bigger boys, chased by police and arrested, and kidnapped by thieves. Characters fight, smoke, and drink to the point of passing out. Some images are darkly shadowed and potentially frightening for younger viewers. The film makes clear that girls work as prostitutes. And one young woman is murdered, with some struggle, screaming, and blood splatter.
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- Genre:Drama, Family
- Release Date:September 23, 2005
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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