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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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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:

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

Connections

References The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) 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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A film not to be missed
5 August 2008 | by theworstemaileverSee all my reviews

I saw this film about 100 times as a child and it forever stuck in our household as a classic to watch every Christmas.

The film is about 2 young boys, Treat, an angry young man who must make his living through petty thievery, and his house-ridden younger brother, Phillip, who never leaves the house from fear of "the toxic air outside" which apparently nearly killed him as a child. A third character, Harold who is supposedly a rich businessman,played by film veteran Albert Finney, comes into the lives of the two boys after they attempt to kidnap him and hold him for ransom. Little do they know that Harold has a thing or two to teach the boys about life, family, and how to become grown men.

Orphans is an old film, but is absolutely wonderful. I am saddened by the fact that it didn't make it into the mainstream to be regarded a classic along the lines of Casablanca, Gone with the wind, Titanic, etc.

I recommend this film for anybody who has a heart.


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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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