Orphans (1998)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  7 May 1999 (UK)
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Four siblings gathered together for their mother's funeral in Glasgow face individual torments over night during a tumultuous storm that rips the roof off the church.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosemarie Stevenson ...
Ann Swan ...
Mother of Family
Gilbert Martin ...
Jan Wilson ...
Sandra (Woman in Bar)
Lenny Mullan ...
Julian (Bar Manager)
June Brogan ...
Paul Doonan ...
Lenny (Duncan's brother)
Linda Jane Devlin ...
Evelyn (Waitress in Bar) (as Linda Cuthbert)
Lex Keith ...
Hugh Ferris ...
Joel Strachan ...
Neil (Lad in Toilet)


I quattro figli della signora Flynn si riuniscono a Glasgow, nella casa materna, in occasione dei funerali della madre, morta di recente. L'indomani mattina ci sarà la cerimonia funebre e, mentre un violento temporale si abbatte sulla città, i congiunti si preparano a trascorrere una notte molto difficile. I rapporti fra di loro si fanno più violenti man mano che le ore passano : bisogna accettare il lutto e cercare di ritrovare rapporti familiari ed affettivi ormai scomparsi da tempo. Written by rosebud6

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Release Date:

7 May 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ett sista farväl  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,098 (USA) (10 March 2000)


$49,501 (USA) (17 March 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Performed by Hugh Ferris, Lex Keith
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Extremely funny most enjoyable
1 January 2001 | by (Herne Bay England) – See all my reviews

As usual about 2 people went to see this film but i seriously recommend the film though i would not watch it if there had been a recent bereavement in my family. It has strong moments emotionally and some of the humour may be offensive to a certain category of people. The film combines serious drama with comedy making it a very mixed emotional film but one which is sure to make you laugh. It's got to be one of the best british films unseen by the masses.

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