Ordinary People

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this is a wonderful movie with oscar winning performances from timothy hutton and mary tyler moore! this is my favorite movie of all times with intelligent cinematography and a strong emotional impact! i believe it is one of the best dramas ever made and has a great message!

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by jeterjosh@yahoo.com on 7/6/2002

this is a wonderful movie with oscar winning performances from timothy hutton and mary tyler moore! this is my favorite movie of all times with intelligent cinematography and a strong emotional impact! i believe it is one of the best dramas ever made and has a great message! Read More

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A must see for sibling rivalry and emotional heali

on 11/5/2005

I rate this movie as my all time favorite! I grew up in the shaddow of a very well known and athletic brother when this movie was released. Even though my brother nor I had a tragic ending, I found this movie to be key in finding value in who I was and moving from the shaddow of my brother's accomplishments and finding my own gifts. Read More

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Product Overview

A suburban chicago couple and their son are torn by another son's death. Oscars for best picture.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 40147943
UPC 097360896442
UPC 14 00097360896442
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Psychodrama
Recommended
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Reviews
New York Times "...A moving, intelligent and funny film....Moore is remarkably fine..." 09/19/1980 p.C6,Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1980" 12/28/1980 p.II:15
USA Today "...It's still a fine movie..." 08/17/2001 p.6E
Entertainment Weekly "...The actor's first -- and best -- film behind the camera won Best Picture and netted him a directing Oscar..." 01/11/2002 p.37
Directors
Robert Redford
Actors
Judd Hirsch
Donald Sutherland
Timothy Hutton
Mary Tyler Moore
Cast & Crew
Dinah Manoff - Actor
Donald Sutherland - Actor
Elizabeth McGovern - Actor
James Sikking - Actor
Judd Hirsch - Actor
M. Emmett Walsh - Actor
Mary Tyler Moore - Actor
Timothy Hutton - Actor
Judith Guest - Based On Novel By
Robert Redford - Director
John Bailey - Director of Photography
Marvin Hamlisch - Musical Score
Ronald L. Schwary - Producer
Alvin Sargent - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1980
Catalog ID 089644
UPC 00097360896442
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1981) Robert Redford, Winner, Best Director,Timothy Hutton, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Alvin Sargent, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium,Mary Tyler Moore, Nominee, Best Actress,Judd Hirsch, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
British Academy Awards (1982) Mary Tyler Moore, Nominee, Best Actress
Golden Globe (1981) Robert Redford, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director,Timothy Hutton, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor In A Supporting Role,Mary Tyler Moore, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama,Timothy Hutton, Winner, Male New Star Of The Year In A Motion Picture,Donald Sutherland, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama,Judd Hirsch, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor In A Supporting Role,Alvin Sargent, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Reviews
ReviewSource TV Guide Online
Review ...a thoroughly professional film, featuring uniformly fine performances throughout. Hutton...does a fine job conveying the emotional turmoil and confusion of his character. Moore..is very convincing as the completely unsympathetic wife and mother.
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Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English
Product Attributes
Actor Sutherland,Donald
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...Moore is especially believable as the cold and rigid mother.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Intelligent, meticulously crafted...
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