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Twist (2003)

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A queer "Oliver Twist" update set in the hustler district of modern-day Toronto.

Director:

Jacob Tierney

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Jacob Tierney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Stahl ... Dodge
Gary Farmer ... Fagin
Stephen McHattie ... The Senator
Tygh Runyan ... David
Brigid Tierney ... Betsy
Moti Yona Moti Yona ... Charley
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Nancy
Joshua Close ... Oliver
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos ... Noah (as Max McCabe)
Andre Noble Andre Noble ... Adam
James Gilpin James Gilpin ... Aide
Josh Holliday ... Morris
Mike Lobel ... Bully
Michael Ripley Michael Ripley ... John
Caroline Sura Caroline Sura ... Girl
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Storyline

A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist. Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now Dodge. The prosaically beautiful Oliver falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes the young man under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront inner and outer demons and, strangely, it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Boys do what boys must!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual content, drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Твист See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,887, 23 May 2004

Gross USA:

$47,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,370
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Victorious Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Goofs

At the end of the film, Dodge pays a visit to Bill's place. His face is ravaged from the mugging of the previous evening. When he comes out of the house, his face shows no signs of the damage that was present when he entered the house. See more »

Quotes

Fagin: Dodge, you did real good today. Bill will be pleased.
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Connections

Version of Les nouvelles aventures d'Oliver Twist (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Pantaloon In Black
Performed by Michèle-Barbara Pelletier
composed by Ron Proulx and Jacob Tierney
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Half A Twist
14 April 2005 | by B24See all my reviews

It goes without saying that updating and reinventing a classic tale is a minefield of potential mismatches, and anyone familiar with the original is disinclined to suffer fools gladly. In this case, even if the viewer tunes out Dickens, the best that can be said of it is that some of the acting (particularly Stahl) scores and the technical values are at least adequate.

Because none of the characters is fully developed, there is no opportunity to judge much beyond that. And because the plot is therefore weak and wobbly, the only thing left for comments is trying to find isolated bits of action or notions relating to one's own experiences. For example, I found the scenes involving heroin use strangely devoid of release, merely technical and prophylactic. In order for a screenplay to succeed, it needs to draw the viewer into the feelings of the actors. That happens only rarely here in spite of what one senses is good dramatic potential.

I think I'll stick with Dickens.


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