After the dismal failure of 1986's DREAM LOVER, director Alan J. Pakula returned to top form with the screen version of the popular 1985 Lyle Kessler play Orphans
. Basically a three-man show, ORPHANS deals with a pair of orphaned brothers, Treat (Matthew Modine) and Phillip (Kevin
Anderson), who live in a dilapidated old house in a seedy part of Newark, New Jersey. Treat, a potentially dangerous petty thief, is the dominant sibling. Fearing that he will lose his brother just as he lost his parents, Treat keeps Phillip imprisoned in his own home. Harold (Albert Finney) is
brought home by Treat as a potential kidnapping victim, but he quickly begins to take co...