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Orphans (1987)

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Release Date
Sep 18, 1987 (USA)

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Running Time
1 hour, 55 minutes

Country USA

Studio Lorimar Productions

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• Orphans
• Kellerkinder - Orphans (1988)

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Genre: Drama, Kidnapping, Thieves, Gangsters, Scams And Cons

Plot: Orphaned brothers Treat (Matthew Modine) and Phillip (Kevin Anderson) live in a squalid New Jersey tenement where dominant sibling Treat, so fearful that he will lose his brother keeps him imprisoned in their home and terrorizes him with tales of what would happen were he to go outside. Treat meanwhile works the streets of New York as a petty thief where he meets Harold (Albert Finney), a prosperous-looking drunk. Treat lures Harold to their home, whereupon discovering he's wealthy decides to hold him for ransom. What Treat doesn’t know is that Harold is a gangster on the lam and that both he and his brother are actually less in need of his money than his presence as a father figure in their lives. Conveying complex emotional themes, the film--as well as the 1985 Lyle Kessler play that it was based on--enjoyed widespread success.

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 Directed by
Alan J. Pakula
All the President's Men, The Pelican Brief, The Devil's Own
 Written by
Lyle Kessler
The Saint of Fort Washington
Albert Finney
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Anthony Heald
The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, 8MM
Matthew Modine
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Novella Nelson
A Perfect Murder, Birth, Antwone Fisher
Kevin Anderson
Risky Business, Rising Sun, Sleeping with the Enemy
Frank Ferrara
Married to the Mob, Raw Deal, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
John Kellogg
Twelve O'Clock High, The Greatest Show on Earth, A Walk in the Sun
 Music By
Michael Small
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