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Still shot from the movie: Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski’s).

Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski’s)

Director Roman Polanski depicts the darker elements of Charles Dickens' tale of a starving orphan who runs away to London, only to become entangled in a web of thieves. Beautifully shot and carefully executed, the film likely captures the true essence of the novel, but may prove too realistic for young viewers. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 22 Sep 2005
Video Release: 23 Jan 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Oliver shows innate kindness and flawless manners. Where do you think he learned them? Are some people born with these kinds of intrinsic qualities? Would his upbringing in the orphanage have enhanced these traits?

How does Oliver influence those around him? Why are some people more receptive to his goodness than others?

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