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Ordinary People DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40147943
UPC: 097360896442
UPC 14: 00097360896442
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A suburban chicago couple and their son are torn by another son's death. Oscars for best picture.

"...Moore is especially believable as the cold and rigid mother.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
"Intelligent, meticulously crafted...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/14/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1980
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 089644
Video UPC UPC: 00097360896442
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dinah Manoff
Video Cast Info Donald Sutherland
Video Cast Info Elizabeth McGovern
Video Cast Info James Sikking
Video Cast Info Judd Hirsch
Video Cast Info M. Emmett Walsh
Video Cast Info Mary Tyler Moore
Video Cast Info Timothy Hutton
Video Cast Info Judith Guest - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Robert Redford - Director
Video Cast Info John Bailey - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Marvin Hamlisch - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ronald L. Schwary - Producer
Video Cast Info Alvin Sargent - Screenplay
Plot 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.


Oscar (1981)
Video Award Name Robert Redford, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Timothy Hutton, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
Video Award Name Alvin Sargent, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
   Video Award Name Mary Tyler Moore, Nominee, Best Actress
   Video Award Name Judd Hirsch, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

British Academy Awards (1982)
   Video Award Name Mary Tyler Moore, Nominee, Best Actress

Golden Globe (1981)
Video Award Name Robert Redford, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director
Video Award Name Timothy Hutton, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor In A Supporting Role
Video Award Name Mary Tyler Moore, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama
Video Award Name Timothy Hutton, Winner, Male New Star Of The Year In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Donald Sutherland, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama
   Video Award Name Judd Hirsch, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor In A Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Alvin Sargent, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...A moving, intelligent and funny film....Moore is remarkably fine..." 09/19/1980 p.C6

New York Times
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

TV Guide Online 8 of 10
...a thoroughly professional film, featuring uniformly fine performances throughout. Hutton...does a fine job conveying the emotional turmoil and confusion of his character. very convincing as the completely unsympathetic wife and mother.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sutherland,Donald
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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