Orphans (1987)

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Two brothers kidnap a boozy gangster and try to hold him for ransom in this psychological thriller. Harold (Albert Finney) is lured from a saloon by Treat (Matthew Modine) to their squalid tenement. He and his reclusive and agoraphobic brother, Phillip (Kevin Anderson), have no idea Harold is a mobster, only that he looks prosperous. Harold is reminded of his impoverished youth when he sees how the brothers live, and he offers to help the aspiring young thugs.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
 wide
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Studio:
Lorimar Home Video

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Cast

Albert Finney
as Harold
Kevin Anderson
as Phillip
Anthony Heald
as Man in Park
John Kellogg
as Barney
B. Constance Barry
as Lady in Crosswalk
Frank Ferrara
as Cab Driver
Elizabeth Parrish
as Rich Woman
Clifford Fearl
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for Orphans

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Great performances and characters feel a bit imprisoned by the walls of the film frame.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

A poignant movie that helps us to see that all moments are key moments and that those who are unable to accept love are lost forever

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

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October 9, 2005
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July 31, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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Full Review… | July 30, 2003
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Orphans

While this is a good adaptation of the play, it lacks much of the emotion and depth it had on the stage. In comparison, it seems a bit two-dimensional. It's worth seeing, especially if you've seen the stage version and would like to relive it, but don't settle for this if you have the opportunity to see the play. I wasn't disappointed, but there's just nothing like seeing it live.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Bleak, offbeat, depressing, heavy, intense and extremely well acted. It is a skillfully made film, with very good writing, interesting characters. It's a bit strange at times, like Kevin Anderson's character being so extreme, it didn't ring true. Worth a look.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Bleak, offbeat, depressing, heavy, intense and extremely well acted. It is a skillfully made film, with very good writing, interesting characters. It's a bit strange at times, like Kevin Anderson's character being so extreme, it didn't ring true. Worth a look.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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