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Oliver Twist

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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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Studio Sony
SKU 202036778
UPC 043396130654
UPC 14 00043396130654
Format DVD
Release Date 5/1/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Kingsley,Ben
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Directors
Name Roman Polanski
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Cast & Crew
Allan Starski - Production Designer
Barney Clark - Actor
Ben Kingsley - Actor
Charles Dickens - Based On Novel By
Herve de Luze - Editor
Leanne Rowe - Actor
Mark Strong - Actor
Pawel Edelman - Cinematographer
Rachel Portman - Original Music By
Roman Polanski - Director
Roman Polanski, et. al. - Producer
Ronald Harwood - Screenplay
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review You know there's a problem when the most interesting character in a film called Oliver Twist is a supporting woman named Nancy. Technically sound and surprisingly faithful to its source material, Roman Polanski's version of Oliver Twist comes across as uninspired and flat. Only two performances - that of Leanne Rowe as Nancy Sikes and Jamie Foreman as Bill Sikes - have energy. The biggest deficiency is Barney Clark, whose performance as the title character vacillates between befuddlement and artificial weepiness (rarely have I seen more crocodile tears). For the story to work, sympathy with Oliver is mandatory, but Clark's acting and Polanski's direction keep the character at arm's length. I cared about Nancy and wanted Bill to get his comeuppance, but Oliver seems inconsequential.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Polanski's film is visually exact and detailed without being too picturesque. This is not Ye Olde London, but Ye Harrowing London, teeming with life and dispute. The performances are more vivid and edgy than we might suspect; Kingsley's Fagin is infinitely more complex than in the usual versions. Jamie Foreman's Bill Sykes has a piggish, merciless self-regard. Leanne Rowe, as Nancy, becomes not a device of the plot but a resourceful young woman whose devotion to Bill is outlasted by her essential goodness. And Barney Clark, who was 11 when the film was made, is the right Oliver, a child more acted against than acting.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Featurettes, English Subtitled, French Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ben Kingsley / Edward Hardwicke / Harry Eden / Ian McNeice / Jamie Foreman / Kingsley,Ben / Leanne Rowe / Mark Strong
Composer Rachel Portman
Director Pawel Edelman / Roman Polanski
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Video Format DVD
Quotes
William Arnold, Seattle Post Intelligencer Polanski has given the Dickens saga a thrilling epic look.

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