Oliver Twist

2005 PG-13 2h 10m DVD

Oliver Twist

2005 PG-13 2h 10m DVD
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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.
Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark, Jamie Foreman, Harry Eden, Leanne Rowe, Edward Hardwicke, Ian McNeice, Mark Strong, Jeremy Swift, Lewis Chase, Frances Cuka
Roman Polanski
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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