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Orphans

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Tom Waits: Michael O'brien

Orphans

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
102 minutes
performer:
Albert Finney, Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Peter Mullan
director:
Peter Mullan
distributor:
Shooting Gallery
author:
Peter Mullan
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it an A

In his 30 years of making music, Tom Waits has fashioned an evocatively scabby America, filled with hard-luck cases hollering blues and wheezing ballads. The three-CD set Orphans, built from new, old, and rare recordings, adds a truckload of characters to his dramatis personae. Some come via covers, including one Brecht song and two by the Ramones (!). But the bulk are Waits’, often dressed in scrap-yard percussion and sublime guitar noise, each — from hobo to suicide bomber — familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy.