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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.
Why Is Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski’s) Rated PG-13?
Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski’s) is rated PG-13 for disturbing images.
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Not shying away from the darker elements of Charles Dickens’ novel, Roman Polanski’s film depicts the dangerous side of the den of thieves the young orphan falls into. Oliver faces constant verbal and physical threats, canings, bulling, and food depravation. Other characters are similarly treated. A sense of the boy’s peril is felt when he is forced to commit crimes against his will. An ugly, infected gunshot wound is seen, as well as the painful effects of treating it with alcohol. A murder takes place off screen, but blood splattering and pooling are depicted. A man dies of hanging and his lifeless body is shown. A character, facing the prospect of execution, is portrayed as losing his mind. A few mild profanities are used. Drinking and smoking are prevalent, even among the young boys Fagin exploits. Sexual content is limited to low-cut bodices on the dresses of female characters, and some background, non-explicit depictions of ladies of the night.
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Charles Dickens classic tale has been adapted to the silver screen many times. Check out these versions: Oliver Twist (1997), the musical Oliver! and the animation Oliver & Company. Nicholas Nickleby another of the author’s narratives about England’s downtrodden, has also made it to the big screen.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Release Date: 24 January 2006
Learn how a classic novel gets turned into a motion picture with this DVD release. Bonus materials include: Twist by Polanski (a documentary from director Roman Polanskis point of view), Kidding With Oliver Twist (the young stars share their experience while filming Oliver Twist) and The Best of Twist (a look at the sets, costumes, photography, editing and music of the film). Audio tracks are available in English and French (both Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English and French.