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Orphans (1998)

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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Peter Mullan

Writer:

Peter Mullan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Henshall ... Michael
Gary Lewis ... Thomas
Rosemarie Stevenson Rosemarie Stevenson ... Sheila
Stephen McCole ... John
Ann Swan Ann Swan ... Mother of Family
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ... Frank
Jan Wilson Jan Wilson ... Sandra (Woman in Bar)
Lenny Mullan Lenny Mullan ... Julian (Bar Manager)
Malcolm Shields ... Duncan
June Brogan June Brogan ... Mona
Paul Doonan Paul Doonan ... Lenny (Duncan's brother)
Linda Jane Devlin Linda Jane Devlin ... Evelyn (Waitress in Bar) (as Linda Cuthbert)
Lex Keith Lex Keith ... Self
Hugh Ferris Hugh Ferris ... Self
Joel Strachan Joel Strachan ... Neil (Lad in Toilet)
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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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Are YOUR parents a burden?

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ett sista farväl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,098, 12 March 2000

Gross USA:

$54,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,754
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Mullan was horrified to learn that the film's production company, FilmFour, had accidentally burned over 30 minutes of footage. This was due to a clerical error. See more »

Quotes

Tanga: Black bean sauce? Fuckin' mingin', man.
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References Manon of the Spring (1986) See more »

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The Air That I Breathe
Written by Mike Hazlewood, Albert Hammond
Performed by Gary Lewis
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What is the point of this movie?
22 June 1999 | by bobbyelliottSee all my reviews

Having recently seen 'My name is Joe' I was looking forward to Peter Mullin's directorial debut but this movie disappoints. What is the point of this movie? If it's a comedy then it's not very funny (but it has one brilliant scene). It's difficult at times to work out what's meant to be funny and what's meant to be serious. If it's a social commentary then it fails to impart a coherent message. The lasting impression is that Glasgow is a bleak and violent city (as if we didn't know this). The acting varied from very good (most of the main characters were well played) to amateurish (several bit parts were badly acted). I left the theatre promising to write this review quickly before I forgot what the movie was about. I gave it 6/10. Go see it on a rainy afternoon in Glasgow.


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