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Oliver Twist

130 min
Crime | Drama
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Roman Polanski
2 wins & 3 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2005-09-30
Filming Locations: Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
Opening Weekend: $68,447 (USA) (25 September 2005)
Gross: $1,987,287 (USA) (16 October 2005)
Jeremy Swift
Jeremy Swift
Oliver Twist
Barney Clark
Oliver Twist
Ian McNeice
Mr. Limbkins
Richard Durden
Unkind Board Member
Timothy Bateson
Parson / Man with a Punch
Andy de la Tour
Workhouse Master
Filip Hess
Workhouse Boy (as Filip Hes)
Andreas Papadopoulos
Workhouse Boy
Laurie Athey
Workhouse Boy
Joseph Tremain
Hungry Boy
Peter Copley
Dining Hall Master
Andy Linden
Mr. Gamfield - the Chimney Sweep
John Nettleton
1st Magistrate
Tony Noble
2nd Magistrate
Michael Heath
Mr. Sowerberry
Gillian Hanna
Mrs. Sowerberry
Teresa Churcher
Chris Overton
Noah Claypole
Gerard Horan
Morgane Polanski
Farmer's Daughter
Liz Smith
Old Woman
Harry Eden
Artful Dodger
Levi Hayes
Ben Kingsley
Lewis Chase
Charley Bates
Leanne Rowe
Ophelia Lovibond
Elvis Polanski
Boy with Hoop
Edward Hardwicke
Mr. Brownlow
Patrick Godfrey
Anezka Novak
Woman in Street
Andy Camm
Alun Armstrong
Magistrate Fang
Frank Mills
Elderly Officer
Jamie Foreman
Bill Sykes
David Meeking
Policeman in Court
Frances Cuka
Mrs. Bedwin
Paul Brooke
Mr. Grimwig
Andrea Miltner
Other Woman in Street
Kaeren Revell
Other Woman in Street
Kay Raven
Woman at Window
Mark Strong
Toby Crackit
Jake Curran
Lizzy Le Quesne
Robert Orr
Man in Pub
Paul Eden
Nick Stringer
Inspector Blather
James Babson
Richard Ridings
Martin Konecný
Orphan (uncredited)
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The set was so huge that Roman Polanski rode around it on a motorized scooter.
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The idea of making a new version of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" was suggested by Emmanuelle Seigner, director Roman Polanski's wife, while he was looking for a plot that their children would find interesting.
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The Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist has many more characters and subplots than can be fit into a just-over-2-hours film. This version narrows down and streamlines the story to focus on Oliver Twist, Mr. Brownlow, Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger. The novel's other characters Mr. Bumble, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Corney, Noah Claypole, Charlotte, Mr. Monks, the Maylie family, the Fleming family, and the Leeford family, are all either relegated to brief cameo roles or omitted entirely from the story.
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When Oliver runs away from Mr. Sowerberry's house to London, his shoes keep changing between shots. He is shown wearing shoes both with and without laces. When he sits and has his meal under the cart in the rain, his shoes do not have laces. Immediately after that, the shoes have laces.
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The shop "John Lobb - Bootmaker" is visible in the background in London. The story takes place in the late 1830s, but the well- known London boot maker John Lobb wasn't founded until 1866.
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When Oliver first meets Nancy, two women and the Artful Dodger play a card game. Dodger asks Nancy to cut the deck in half, and she splits the card into two piles. When Dodger returns them into two piles, he puts the half that was originally on top, on top again. He might have been cheating, but this could also be an error in the film.
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Nancy: But tonight he's a thief, and a liar, and all that's bad. Ain't that enough for the old wretch, without blows?
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Fagin: Do you know what I consider the greatest sin in the world, my dear? Ingratitude. That's what you're guilty of. Ingratitude.
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Fagin: You're like yourself tonight, Bill.
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Photos from cast
Jeremy Swift