Orphans of the Storm
Orphans of the Storm (1921)

Having turned the creaky old stage melodrama Way Down East into a money-spinning film, director D.W. Griffith set about to perform the same magic with the barnstorming theatrical piece The Two Orphans. Adolphe Philippe Dennery's play… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 8, 1999
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Dorothy Gish is the blind girl, and this step from comedienne roles into a role of unlimited emotional possibilities reveals new capabilities in the less famous of the two Gish girls.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of the best of the director's late silent epics.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

[T]he sheer amount of realized ambition on display in it makes it a sight to behold.

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New York Times

Orphans of the Storm is a stirring, gripping picture.

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Robin Karney
Radio Times

Heavily sentimental and marred by Griffith's taste for unsubtle and inappropriate comedy, this isn't quite a silent masterpiece, but it is, nonetheless, visually spectacular and largely absorbing.

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Film4

Enjoyable silent drama built around touching performances by the Gish sisters, some spectacular action sequences, and Griffith's own love of a rattling good yarn.

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David Thompson
Time Out

While the director's handling of humour (clumsy) and pathos (heavily milked) demands some generosity from the audience, the eternal radiance of Lillian Gish shines through everything.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An overstuffed but ultimately stirring saga of two sisters separated and reunited during the French Revolution.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

D.W. Griffith, always the showman, set out to make an epic from a story about sisters in trouble.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
A fantastic, yet much too long, melodrama from the famous silent director D.W. Griffith. Forget about Birth of a Nation, this is the film to see. It stars the… More
Anthony Lawrie
A beautiful melodrama following two sisters on a journey of loss and recovery during the French Revolution. Historically impeccable and based on the novel by… More
Cassandra Maples
Story takes place in France before and after the Revolution. Louise (Dorothy Gish) and Henriette (Lillian Gish) are brought up together but are not really… More