Ordinary People (1980)
|A suburban chicago couple and their son are torn by another son's death. Oscars for best picture.|
"Intelligent, meticulously crafted... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Editor's NoteDevastated 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.
Cast & Crew
|M. Emmett Walsh|
|Mary Tyler Moore|
|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|
|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|
Customer Reviews of Ordinary People
A must see for sibling rivalry and emotional heali11/5/2005
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.
you can't go wrong with robert redford7/6/2002
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!
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