Oliver Twist

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  • 1999
  • 2 hr 10 min
  • 7.7  (833)

Oliver Twist, a classic novel written by Charles Dickens, has been adapted into numerous films, TV shows, and plays. One such adaptation is the 1999 movie Oliver Twist, directed by Renny Rye and starring Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters, and many others. Set in the 19th century, the movie tells the story of a young orphan boy named Oliver who struggles to survive in the harsh and unforgiving streets of London.

The story begins with Oliver (played by Sam Smith) being born in a workhouse and being raised there until the age of nine. He is then sold to an undertaker named Mr. Sowerberry (played by Michael Kitchen) who treats him poorly and makes him sleep among the coffins. When Oliver gets into a fight with another apprentice, he runs away and makes his way to London.

In London, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger (played by David Ross), a charming pickpocket who gives him a place to stay and introduces him to Fagin (played by Julie Walters), the leader of a gang of young thieves. Fagin takes a liking to Oliver and trains him in the art of pickpocketing. However, Oliver is not cut out for a life of crime and is caught stealing by Mr. Brownlow (played by Michael Medwin), a wealthy gentleman who takes pity on him and offers him a home.

Meanwhile, Fagin and his gang are plotting to get Oliver back and send a sinister figure, Bill Sikes (played by Andy Serkis), to get him. Sikes is a violent criminal who has no qualms about hurting anyone who gets in his way. He kidnaps Oliver and takes him back to Fagin's den, where he is reunited with the Artful Dodger.

As the plot thickens, the audience is taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as they watch Oliver's journey from a helpless orphan to a brave young boy who stands up to his oppressors. Along the way, he finds allies in the form of Mr. Brownlow, Nancy (played by Sophie Okonedo), a kind-hearted woman who is involved with Sikes, and Rose (played by Emily Woof), Mr. Brownlow's niece who has her own reasons for wanting to help Oliver.

The movie's themes revolve around the harsh realities of poverty, the corrupting influence of greed, and the importance of compassion and kindness in a cruel world. The performances by the cast are outstanding, particularly by Sam Smith who carries the movie on his tiny shoulders with his innocent and earnest portrayal of Oliver. David Ross is equally impressive as the Artful Dodger, bringing just the right balance of charm and mischief to his character. Julie Walters is perfectly cast as Fagin, portraying the cunning and manipulative nature of the character with subtle nuance.

The movie's production design, cinematography, and music score add to the atmospheric depiction of 19th century London. The grimy and gritty streets of the city, the dark and dingy alleys, and the squalid living conditions of the poor are all captured with a sense of authenticity and realism.

Overall, the 1999 movie Oliver Twist is a faithful and compelling adaptation of the classic novel. Its powerful message about love, hope, and redemption still resonates with audiences today, making it a timeless tale that will continue to be retold for generations to come.

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    2 hr 10 min
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    7.7  (833)