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Orphans is a 1987 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula. It was written by Lyle Kessler, based on his play of the same name.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlan J. Pakula
Produced byAlan J. Pakula
Susan Solt
Written byPlay/Screenplay:
Lyle Kessler
Music byMichael Small
CinematographyDonald McAlpine
Edited byEvan A. Lottman
Distributed byLorimar Motion Pictures
Release date
  • September 18, 1987 (1987-09-18)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$252,430 (USA)



Brothers Treat (Matthew Modine) and Philip (Kevin Anderson) have lived alone since they were kids when a small-time criminal enters their lives. Living without a father, the orphaned brothers subsist off the proceeds of petty theft in a run-down North Philadelphia row house. One night he kidnaps an enigmatic rich man, played by Albert Finney, who becomes the kind of father figure the boys have always longed for.

Principal castEdit

Actor Role
Albert Finney Harold
Matthew Modine Treat
Kevin Anderson Phillip
John Kellogg Barney
Anthony Heald Man in Park
Novella Nelson Mattie
Elizabeth Parrish Rich Woman

Critical receptionEdit

Vincent Canby of the New York Times enjoyed the film:

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it two and a half stars out of four and had this to say:


  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (18 September 1987). "Film: 'Orphans,' Based on the Play". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Orphans :: :: Reviews". 25 September 1987. Retrieved 11 December 2012.

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