PG certificateOliver Twist is a Film programme that first aired in 2005 and has been classified a PG certificate.

Oliver Twist is a 3 star programme

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Oliver Twist (2005)

Directed by
Roman Polanski

Released in 2005, Roman Polanski's film of Charles Dickens's classic novel is strong, if a little over-reverent. It stars Barney Clark as Oliver, Ben Kingsley as Fagin, Jamie Foreman as Bill Sykes and Leanne Rowe as Nancy. Ronald Harwood's screenplay cleverly strips away some of the minor characters to allow the main characters to take centre stage, and there's a superb performance by Kingsley in one of film's most demanding roles.

Polanski's version stands up well to David Lean's 1948 classic, with the streets of London brought to life with vibrant gusto. But more interesting is Polanski's concentration on a young orphan alone in a city where many wish him harm. He and Harwood also make Fagin more central than Lean did, and offer a glimpse of a character who, although a rogue, is one created by society. In doing so, he makes the film resonant of our times.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 150 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2005

3/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: UK/Czech Republic

Filmed in Colour


Image for Barney ClarkBarney Clark...Oliver Twist
Image for Ben KingsleyBen Kingsley...Fagin
Image for Jamie ForemanJamie Foreman...Bill Sykes
Leanne Rowe...Nancy
Lewis Chase...Charley Bates
Harry Eden...Artful Dodger
Jeremy Swift...Mr. Bumble
Ian McNeice...Mr. Limbkins
Image for Mark StrongMark Strong...Toby Crackit
Teresa Churcher...Charlotte
Michael Heath...Mr. Sowerberry
Gillian Hanna...Mrs. Sowerberry
Peter Copley...Dining Hall Master
Andy Linden...Mr. Gamfield
Jake Curran...Barney