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Genre  Drama
Music director  Ron Proulx
Country  Canada
6.4/10 IMDb

Director  Jacob Tierney
Budget  350,000 USD
Duration  
Language  English
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Release date  September 7, 2003 (2003-09-07) (TIFF)May 21, 2004 (2004-05-21) (US)
Based on  Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Writer  Charles Dickens (novel), Jacob Tierney
Initial release  May 21, 2004 (New York City)
Cast  Nick Stahl (Dodge), Joshua Close (Oliver), Gary Farmer (Fagin), Michèle-Barbara Pelletier (Nancy), Andre Noble (Adam)

Tagline  Boys do what boys must!
Similar  Oliver Twist (2005 film), Oliver and Company, Oliver! (film)

Twist is a 2003 Canadian drama film and a retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, Oliver Twist.

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Plot

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The film is similar in some ways to Seth Michael Donsky's 1996 film Twisted made prior to Tierney's film.

As in Donsky's film, the plot of Oliver Twist is updated to the present day, and moved out of the London poor house onto the streets of a large North American city (in Donsky's film it was New York City, and this film it is Toronto). In addition, the tale is told not from Oliver's point of view, but rather that of Dodge (Nick Stahl). Oliver (Joshua Close) falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes Oliver under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. Oliver develops a crush on Dodge and views him as his boyfriend, complicating their friendship. Dodge does not reciprocate his feelings, and reacts angrily to Oliver's kisses and other signs of affection. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront their demons, and ultimately it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past. Dodge is found by his abusive brother around the same time the young men's caretaker commits suicide, sending Dodge into a violent rage at the film's conclusion.

Cast

  • Nick Stahl as Jimmy/Dodge
  • Joshua Close as Oliver
  • Gary Farmer as Fagin
  • Michèle-Barbara Pelletier as Nancy
  • Tygh Runyan as David
  • Stephen McHattie as Benjamin/The Senator
  • Moti Yona as Charley
  • Brigid Tierney as Betsy
  • Andre Noble as Adam
  • Maxwell McCabe-Lokos as Noah
  • Josh Holliday as Morris
  • Dave Graham as Buck
  • Mike Lobel as Bully
  • Reception

    Twist currently holds a 16% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Despite of [sic] its contemporary setting and some strong performances, this is a bland retelling of Oliver Twist."

    References

    Twist (film) Wikipedia
    Twist (film) IMDbTwist (film) Rotten TomatoesTwist (film) themoviedb.org


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