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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Dodge: [right after Oliver turns his first trick] You okay?
Oliver: [dishonestly] Yeah.
Dodge: Ready for more?
Oliver: Yeah, sure.
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Connections

Version of The New Adventures of Oliver (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Pantaloon In Black
Performed by Michèle-Barbara Pelletier
composed by Ron Proulx and Jacob Tierney
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Fantastic
9 December 2004 | by PrettylittlelieSee all my reviews

Nick Stahl's desperate stare sold the movie for me, I rented it based on the cover, having never heard of it. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Joshua Close's performance wasn't all that good, but Nick Stahl's was phenomenal. The movie was really emotional but really subtle. It has an excellent soundtrack, matching every scene to emotional perfection. It's a twist on Oliver Twist but set in modern day Toronto and with male prostitution and heroin instead of pick-pocketing. Don't get hung up on the comparison, look at it as it's own movie. It has the best ending to any movie I've ever seen. Essentialy it's about the blurry lines between affectionate contact, sexual contact, and violent contact. The movie forces you to bottle your emotions by never actually showing explicit sex or violence, it keeps you from getting any release. I think the method worked perfectly. The only two problems with the movie in my mind, are that Joshua Close was cast, and that although the subtleness is excellent, it's sometimes hard to hear every word of the dialogue, so keep it up load and pay close attention.


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