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Orphans (1987)

 -  Drama  -  18 September 1987 (USA)
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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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Man in Park
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The two brothers Treat and Philip live alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a left house and live of little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Un ángel caído  »

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(1990, Movieline) Alan J. Pakula remarked on his casting of Matthew Modine that, at first, "there was 1 in 20 chances of his getting the role," largely because Modine had shown only the more innocent side of his range so far on screen. But, "when Modine came in to discuss the film, he had a shaved head and was very tall, so he looked intimidating, and he made me laugh a lot. I saw colors that were not in the other roles he'd done." See more »

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Written by Fred Fisher
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A totally unique and offbeat neo noir character study of poverty row crime loyalty and betrayal that never fails to surprise. Pakula is a fascinating director with quite a resume (KLUTE, PARALLAX VIEW, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN and more) and he gets genuinely great performances from Finney and a young Matthew Modine. This is the kind of powerful small story that was regularly made as a b-movie 2nd feature in the 50s but has virtually disappeared in the car crash/exploding building/asteroid impact-driven event picture culture of today. This is basically a couple of down and out losers sitting in a shabby room talking, but trust me, it packs more power than most event pictures can shoot volcanic lava out of. I don't want to spoil any of the twists so just give this quirky but entirely convincing piece a look and you'll thank me.


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