Ordinary People R

Everything is in its proper place...except the past.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 25, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1980
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1980 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Alvin Sargent
Academy Awards 1980 - Best Director: Robert Redford
Academy Awards 1980 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1980 - Best Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh89%

Total Count: 47


User Ratings: 23,154
Rating: 4/5 -- Mary Tyler Moore also excels as the cold-hearted mother -- a role very much against type. Full Review
Sky Cinema
Feb 19, 2019
...The actor's first -- and best -- film behind the camera won Best Picture and netted him a directing Oscar...
Entertainment Weekly
Jan 11, 2002
Rating: 3/4 -- What Redford accomplishes is to provide an excellent portrait of how well families can hide their inner turmoil from the prying eyes of outsiders. Full Review
Apr 30, 2009
'Ordinary people' is not particularly boring, it's especially exhausting and false, as well as biased. [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
Feb 7, 2017
The confident and effective ensemble make up a family portrait, where tragedy has arrived to shatter the peace and tranquility of their lives in Chicago. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 15, 2019
An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 20, 2009
A powerfully intimate domestic drama. Full Review
Feb 20, 2008

Product Description:

Devastated by the loss of their older son, well-to-do suburban couple Calvin (Donald Sutherland) and Beth (Mary Tyler Moore) are trying to rebuild their lives after their younger son, Conrad (Timothy Hutton), attempts suicide. While Beth, who always favored the elder son, retreats into an icy, emotionless shell, Calvin tries to draw Conrad back into the family and into life as a teenager. Conrad sings in the choir and returns to the swim team, but both his brother's death and his own experiences traumatize him. Conrad reluctantly begins therapy sessions with Berger (Judd Hirsch), which allow him some respite from the unbearable grief and guilt he carries with him. As Conrad makes strides, Calvin realizes that he no longer knows his wife and is both saddened and angered by how seemingly emotionless she has become. A classic portrait of family life in the face of tragedy, Robert Redford's award-winning directorial debut is moving and thought provoking. Based on the novel by Judith Guest, the film features the debuts of Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern as well as breakthrough performances from Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland.

Plot Synopsis:

With the pain from the death of their older son still fresh, Calvin and Beth try to help their remaining son, Conrad, recover from a suicide attempt. Overcome with guilt and grief related to his brother's death, Conrad tries to return to the life of a normal high school student but finds it difficult, with memories of his brother surrounding him and the coldness his mother exhibits almost unbearable.


Production Notes:

  • ORDINARY PEOPLE marked the film debuts of actors Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern.
  • This film marked Robert Redford's film-directing debut. Redford bought Judith Guest's first, unpublished novel for this film.
  • Mary Tyler Moore's son committed suicide a month after the film's release.
  • Patrick Markey (now a producer) was location manager.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 42,524
  • UPC: 032429272119
  • Shipping Weight: 0.12/lbs (approx)
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