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Orphans (1987)

The two brothers Treat and Philip lived alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a loft house and live on little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father.

Director:

Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

Lyle Kessler (play), Lyle Kessler (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Finney ... Harold
Matthew Modine ... Treat
Kevin Anderson ... Phillip
John Kellogg ... Barney
Anthony Heald ... Man in Park
Novella Nelson ... Mattie
Elizabeth Parrish Elizabeth Parrish ... Rich Woman
B. Constance Barry B. Constance Barry ... Lady in Crosswalk
Frank Ferrara ... Cab Driver
Clifford Fearl Clifford Fearl ... Doorman
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Storyline

The two brothers Treat and Philip lived alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a loft house and live on little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kellerkinder - Orphans See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,588, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$252,430

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,430
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Keanu Reeves was considered for the role of Treat. See more »


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THE PRISONER'S SONG
Written by Guy Massey
(c) 1924 Shapiro Bernstein and Company, Inc.
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A beautiful film.
12 March 2002 | by rokshok183See all my reviews

I just watched "The Browning version", a later film that united Mathew Modine and Albert Finney, purely on the basis that I was so compelled by their performances together in 'The Orphans'. A film that I saw some time ago, but has stayed with me since.

"The Orphans" is based on two young men, existing on the fringe of society. No doubt due to their background and the neglect of their upbringing, that they subsequently suffer various emotional and mental illness. Enter Albert Finney. A gangster whom they kidnap purely to rob. Yet despite their aggressive intentions and perhaps also because of it, he identifies with the boys and sympathises from his own orphan upbringing. Albert Finney's character intrinsically sets about to break down their defences. Battling the conflicts in a very touching transition from mugging victim to a foster father role. A situation that conflicts the boys security against the emotional needs that they require to challenge their fears and build any kind of self pride to live in society, and not on the fringe of it.

Like the previous comments have said, the film is very much like an on screenplay. I imagine that it was written as a play but don't let that put you off. I was completely compelled throughout this film and do not recall being bored from a lack of visual stimuli. Despite my usually short attention span, it was simply not the case. An unknown gem of a film that is truly a treasure when found.


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