In this faithful retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, doe-eyed orphan Oliver Twist finds a surrogate family of sorts after he flees the confines of a grimy workhouse to live among London's pickpockets and thieves.
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- Roman Polanski
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; featurettes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the film includes occasional brutal images of Oliver's suffering. He's beaten, starved, teased, tortured, and beaten some more. Scenes show Oliver sleeping in a box and in the street, in ragged clothes with bloodied feet and dirty face, bullied by bigger boys, chased by police and arrested, and kidnapped by thieves. Characters fight, smoke, and drink to the point of passing out. Some images are darkly shadowed and potentially frightening for younger viewers. The film makes clear that girls work as prostitutes. And one young woman is murdered, with some struggle, screaming, and blood splatter.
- Sexual Content
- References to prostitution, attempted seduction, and rough handling of a woman.
- Oliver is beaten and abused (at one point he breaks his arm); a young woman is murdered, with blood visible.
- Mild and old-fashioned.
- Social Behavior
- Stealing, beating, and cheating.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Smoking and drinking to indicate corruption.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it