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Twisted (1996)

Unrated | | Drama | 5 December 1997 (USA)
A retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist set in a New York City contemporary underground populated by drag queens, drug abuse and prostitution.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Aranha Ray Aranha ... Can Man / homeless man
Keivyn McNeill Grayes Keivyn McNeill Grayes ... Lee / homeless boy
Elise Ballard Elise Ballard ... Dumb Bitch
Sharlene Brown Sharlene Brown ... Woman with Can
Erik Jensen ... Man Who Kills Can Man
Anthony Crivello ... Eddie / drug dealer
David Norona ... Angel / boyfriend
Billy Porter ... Shiniqua / Angel's friend
Kelly Coyle Kelly Coyle ... Arthur's Girlfriend
Simon Brook Simon Brook ... Undercover Cop
William Hickey ... Andre / proprietor
Jean Loup Wolfman Jean Loup Wolfman ... Arthur 'Fine Art' / hustler (as Jean Loup)
Rose Baum Senerchia Rose Baum Senerchia ... Andre's Mother
Brenda Pressley ... Mrs. Burns / Lee's foster mother
Eugene Byrd ... Willus Burns / her son
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A retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist set in a New York City contemporary underground populated by drag queens, drug abuse and prostitution.

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Please sir, can I have some more?

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Twisted was re-discovered by the Museum of Modern Art in 2013, included in their Charles Dickens bicentenary film series and accepted into their permanent film collection. See more »

Quotes

Angel: Can you make me beautiful? I want to be beautiful again.
Shiniqua: Sugar, everybody wants to be beautiful, but only a few of us are born that way.
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A Horrible Mess
7 April 2001 | by philip-1See all my reviews

The video box said a twist on Oliver Twist amongst the gay underground in NYC. And yes, that's what it is. And it's actually not a bad idea for a film. Unfortunately everything in this terrible film mitigates against success.

The director clearly doesn't know how to tell a story. There's tons of artsy images, flashbacks, bizarre character juxtapositions and the like that impede rather than delineate the story. Next, the screenplay is a preposterous, lumbering rehash of Dickens where underage African American boys show up in gay bars without being carded!!!!!!! Then there's the editing and cinemaphotography. OK, it was a low budget film, but then I've seen low budget films where the images were clear and there was decent lighting.

The only thing the movie has going for it are several pretty good performances. How rich this movie could have been with a better screenplay and a better director.

A reel loser!


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