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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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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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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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Albert Finney and Matthew Modine would later appear in The Browning Version (1994). See more »


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THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
Written by Max Steiner
(c) 1936 Warner Bros. Inc.
Copyright Renewed / All Rights Reserved
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Fascinatingly Bleak Powerhouse...Don't Miss It!
7 May 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

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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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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