Ordinary People

Ordinary People

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0097361384443
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:04:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ordinary People
1. "Canon in D" [:12]
2. Passing Thoughts [3:28]
3. In Control [:05]
4. Friends [8:05]
5. Holding Back [3:20]
6. Mother & Son [4:35]
7. That Which Matters [8:10]
8. Vacancy and the Dead [7:31]
9. What to Do Without Love [:31]
10. Credits [4:47]

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Ordinary People 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
uns33n_H3R0 More than 1 year ago
There are few things that unlock something deep down inside of me and this movie was definitely one of them. I wish I had more to say but it's really up to the viewer what you get out of it.