Ordinary People

Ordinary People

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Director: Robert Redford

Cast: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch

     
 

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Robert Redford's directorial debut ended up the 1980 Oscar winner for Best Picture. It is a simple but painfully emotional story of the disintegration of a "perfect" family. Teenager Conrad (Timothy Hutton) lives under a cloud of guilt after his brother drowns after their boat capsizes in Lake Michigan. Despite intensive therapy sessions with his psychiatrist (Judd… See more details below

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Overview

Robert Redford's directorial debut ended up the 1980 Oscar winner for Best Picture. It is a simple but painfully emotional story of the disintegration of a "perfect" family. Teenager Conrad (Timothy Hutton) lives under a cloud of guilt after his brother drowns after their boat capsizes in Lake Michigan. Despite intensive therapy sessions with his psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch), Conrad can't shake the belief that he should have died instead of his brother; nor do his preoccupied parents (Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore) offer much in the way of solace. The boy is brought out of his doldrums through his romance with Jeannine (Elizabeth McGovern). A winner in every respect, Ordinary People (adapted from the novel by Judith Guest) scores highest in the scenes with Mary Tyler Moore, who superbly and perceptively portrays a blinkered, ever-smiling suburban wife and mother for whom outward appearance is all that matters.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
There's nothing ordinary about Ordinary People, Robert Redford's powerful, Oscar-winning adaptation of Judith Guest's novel about the deterioration of an upper-middle-class family. For his first directorial effort, Redford chose a piece with sharply delineated characters, brought to life impeccably by a gifted cast. Timothy Hutton won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a guilt-ridden teenager who attempts suicide after failing to save his brother from drowning. Erstwhile sitcom star Mary Tyler Moore has never equaled her performance as the stern, embittered mother who withholds love from her surviving son following the death of her firstborn. Also superb are Donald Sutherland, playing Hutton's sympathetic but ineffectual father, and "Taxi" star Judd Hirsch as the charismatic psychiatrist who attempts to rouse Hutton from his melancholia. Named 1980's Best Picture, Ordinary People hasn't dated a bit: 20 years later, it remains a compelling, emotionally powerful viewing experience.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Ordinary People deals with the aftermath of a family tragedy. An upscale married couple (Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore) are overwhelmingly unhappy, though their social standing and repressed emotions dictate that they must not admit it to each other. They have lost one son in a boating accident, and the film focuses on their surviving teenage son (Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton) who himself is recovering from a suicide attempt. What distinguishes Ordinary People is the uncommonly convincing way in which it depicts its characters, and the superb performance of Moore. First-time director Robert Redford took home an Oscar, as did the film for Best Picture, as well as Hutton and screenwriter Alvin Sargent. Ordinary People won its Oscars over Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, often voted the best film of the 1980s. As a result, Ordinary People has often been critically ignored despite its many outstanding qualities.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303236
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
10,122

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland Calvin
Mary Tyler Moore Beth
Judd Hirsch Dr. Berger
Timothy Hutton Conrad
Elizabeth McGovern Jeannine
M. Emmet Walsh Swim Coach
Dinah Manoff Karen
Fredric Lehne Lazenby
James B. Sikking Ray
Basil Hoffman Sloan
Quinn K. Redeker Ward
Mariclare Costello Audrey
Meg Mundy Grandmother
Elizabeth Hubbard Ruth
Adam Baldwin Stillman
Richard Whiting Grandfather
Scott Doebter Bucky
Randall Robbins Bryce
Jane Alderman Linda
Marilyn Rockafellow Sarah
Don Billett Philip
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director
John Bailey Cinematographer
Phillip Bennett Art Director
William Fosser Set Decoration/Design
James Glennon Cinematographer
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Jeff Kanew Editor
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Patrick Markey Set Decoration/Design
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Michael Riva Art Director
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Rita Salazar Costumes/Costume Designer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Ronald L. Schwary Producer
Charles Wilborn Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ordinary People
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10

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